The Pauline Epistles – Part Two

This post is the second of a three-part series on the Pauline Epistles, the 13 books of the Bible that were written as letters by the Apostle Paul. Today’s focus will be on some of the highlights of the Pauline Epistles. As someone once said, “You can’t begin and end a sermon without a quote…

Living the Baptismal Life

In my faith tradition early January is when we talk about Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist in the Jordan River (See Matthew 3:13-17) and our own baptisms. In Romans chapter six Paul writes: “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead…

Born to Redeem

“And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” (Luke 2:21) Jsus’ circumcision was probably the most important thing that Jesus did under the Old Testament Jewish ceremonial law. Many of his fellow Jews rejected him…

Beautiful Feet

The Old Testament reading for Christmas Day includes the following verse from Isaiah: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’” (Isaiah 52:7) When it comes to things of beauty in God’s…

Holiday Hymn Sing

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel,” (Isaiah 7:14) One thing our church likes to do this time of year is to have an Advent and Christmas hymn sing. In place of our opening hymn we sing a…

Bursting with Joy

The third Sunday in Advent focuses on joy in an otherwise subdued and penitential season. Isaiah 35:1–2 describes a joy that bursts forth dramatically: “The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; [2] it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory…

Egyptian Artifact Found in Spain

A fragment of an idol of the ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor was found at a Spanish settlement dating back 2,700 years in Salamanca. Hathor was worshiped as a consort of several male Egyptian deities and the mother of their sons. She is also symbolically the mother of the Egyptian pharaohs who were the earthly representatives of the…