• Read through the Bible, Part 14

    Posted May 22nd, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 14

    We just started reading through John’s gospel. His opening salvo is profoundly Trinitarian: In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God (Jn. 1:1). Today is Trinity Sunday. Today is the day on the church calendar when we pause to remember in a very pointed way our …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 13

    Posted May 1st, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 13

    2 Samuel 11 – 1 Kings 6; Luke 18:35 – 21 Luke’s version of the Olivet Discourse is recorded in chapter 21 (cf. Matt. 24-25; Mk. 13). In this discourse Luke describes the end of Israel as they know it. Not one stone of the magnificent temple will be left untouched (21:6). The whole chapter …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 12

    Posted Apr 24th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 12

    1 Samuel 25 – 2 Samuel 10; Luke 14:25 – 18:34 In Luke 17:11-19 Jesus cleanses 10 lepers. Leprosy plagued those who had it with a host of physical manifestations. But that was not the worst of it. Worse than this, leprosy plagued those who had it spiritually. Those with this infection were forced out, …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 11

    Posted Apr 17th, 2016 By in Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 11

    1 Samuel 9 – 24; Luke 11:37 – 14:24 In Luke Jesus tells the parable of the rich fool (12:13-21). It’s not so much about money as it is about affections. In other words, money isn’t the problem. The man has a bad heart. This is why Jesus says to all those who hear, “Take …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 10

    Posted Apr 10th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 10

    Judges 16 – 1 Samuel 8; Luke 8:4 – 11:36 This week in our “Through the Bible” reading we heard the request of the disciples for Jesus to teach them how to pray (Lk. 11:1). There is something breathtaking about that request, isn’t there? Imagine for a moment. Jesus. The incarnate Son of God and …

  • Easter Pagan?

    Posted Apr 3rd, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | Comments Off on Easter Pagan?

    Want to have some fun? Do the following Google search: <easter pagan?>. I dare you! You’ll find some weird stuff out there. I think the same guys writing about this also wrote the stuff about 9/11 being an inside job and that President Obama and Mitt Romney are not really U.S. citizens. When it comes …

  • Easter Sunday

    Posted Mar 27th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | Comments Off on Easter Sunday

    Usually it’s here you read my words and my reflections. Below, instead, I offer an Easter reflection from a sermon preached by N. T. Wright. He points out that Easter is a time of intense and profound celebration and that the length of it is much longer than many Christians realize. As we welcome in …

  • Palm Sunday

    Posted Mar 20th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | Comments Off on Palm Sunday

    One week before Jesus died in Jerusalem he entered that same city and was hailed a king. How quickly things can change! What is going on here? In a highly charged and freighted symbolic and liturgical act Jesus enters the city and is greeted with a warm reception. He is hailed as king and the …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 9

    Posted Mar 13th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 9

    Numbers 6-36; Mark 1-8.21 Communicators of all stripes and shapes and sizes are acquainted with the well-known ancient triad: logos, ethos, and pathos. Journalists, novelists, preachers, artists, salesmen, and many others know – even if they don’t really know and are not able to articulate it – of the ancient triad’s importance and power. Logos. …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 8

    Posted Mar 6th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 8

    The Bible speaks of being in relationship with God by using covenantal language. Individuals and nations are covenantally united to God through faith or through a relationship with someone already united (think here of members of a household–whether that be a familial one or a national one, thus, citizens, slaves, spouses, children, etc.). We tend …

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