CM – Sermon: Epiphany VI — Standing Firm in Christ

Sermon: Epiphany VI — Standing Firm in Christ The Lord be with you Bob Dylan once wrote: “Democracy don’t rule the world, you better get that in your head. This world is ruled by violence but I guess that’s better left unsaid…” One of the metaphors that the Bible uses about life in this ageContinue reading “CM – Sermon: Epiphany VI — Standing Firm in Christ”

CM – Sermon: Epiphany V — Three ways of walking in Christ

Sermon: Epiphany V — What is involved in walking in Christ? The Lord be with you. Health experts tell us there are many benefits to walking. Walking is one of the easiest and most accessible forms of exercise. It can be done almost anywhere and at any time. It is safer than other forms ofContinue reading “CM – Sermon: Epiphany V — Three ways of walking in Christ”

CM – Sermon Epiphany IV — Walking in Christ (Eph 4:1-7)

SERMON: Epiphany IV – Walking in Christ Ephesians 4:1-7 The Lord be with you. Let’s begin with a review. In approaching Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, I have encouraged us to follow observations from a devotional book I read long ago. Its author suggested that Ephesians shows us three postures that the one who trustsContinue reading “CM – Sermon Epiphany IV — Walking in Christ (Eph 4:1-7)”

CM – Sermon Epiphany II: Ephesians 2:1-10

SERMON: Epiphany II (Ephesians 2:1-10) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which GodContinue reading “CM – Sermon Epiphany II: Ephesians 2:1-10”

CM – Sermon Epiphany I: In Christ (Eph. 1:3-14)

SERMON for Epiphany I (Ephesians 1:3-14) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places… (Ephesians 1.3) • The Lord be with you. On our recent trip to Europe something I hadn’t anticipated happened. One day we took theContinue reading “CM – Sermon Epiphany I: In Christ (Eph. 1:3-14)”

CM – Sermon: Sit, Walk, and Stand — The Three Postures of the Christian (Ephesians)

SERMON: Sit, Walk, and Stand – the 3 postures of the Christian (Ephesians) The Lord be with you. Today we are deviating from the church calendar in order to begin the Epiphany season. Epiphany is tomorrow, January 6. It is the time of the church year when we mark how Jesus brought light to ourContinue reading “CM – Sermon: Sit, Walk, and Stand — The Three Postures of the Christian (Ephesians)”

“God’s people have begun to know the manger of their Lord.”

The great Raymond E. Brown has often been a guide to me when it comes to the Christmas narratives in the New Testament. Here is an example of his insight — applied to the Christmas Eve Gospel (Luke 2). May God grant us all a blessed Christmas Eve. • What is of importance is theContinue reading ““God’s people have begun to know the manger of their Lord.””

Romans 5-8: The Gospel for Weak and Strong

It is right and good to finish reading Romans with chapters 5 through 8, because these chapters are not only the high point of the letter but the solution to the problems vexing the Weak and Strong relations in Rome’s house churches. • Reading Romans Backwards, p. 141 • • • Romans 5-8: The GospelContinue reading “Romans 5-8: The Gospel for Weak and Strong”

Romans 1-4: An Argument with the Weak (2)

These chapters are far from abstract theology and are instead pastoral theology for the church at Rome. The questions Paul both asks and addresses are questions Paul has heard time and again in his mission, and the questions are those either of Jewish opponents or more likely of fellow Jewish converts to Jesus. The questionsContinue reading “Romans 1-4: An Argument with the Weak (2)”

Romans 1-4: An Argument with the Weak (1)

Paul’s polemic in Romans 1-4 with the Judge/Weak arises only because the Weak believe the path to moral transformation for the Strong can be achieved only by adopting and observing the Torah. Romans 1-8 occur then in two blocks: the argument against Torah observance as the path to moral transformation, and an argument in favorContinue reading “Romans 1-4: An Argument with the Weak (1)”