The Sons of God

I’ve been thinking about the idea of “son of God” for a paper I’m working on. Genesis 5:2 says that Seth was begotten in the “likeness” and according to the “image” of Adam, and we know that Adam and Eve were made in the “image” of God and according to his “likeness.” So just as…

Justice, Resurrection, and the Eucharist

We have considered the themes of justice and the resurrection this morning. One of the meanings of this table is peace. The peace offering in the Old Testament always included a meal in the presence of God. This table is that peace offering all grown up. Here we celebrate in the presence of God what…

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost: Phil. 3:1-4:9: Deeper Justice

Opening Prayer: Good and Gracious Lord, we bow before your presence now and plead with you to give us the words of life. We are hungry, and we are your children, and therefore we plead with you to feed us. We know that you delight to do this and therefore we thank you now for…

What are their names?

Our Lord said that the Second greatest commandment was the requirement to love your neighbor as yourself. This is well known, but it must be reiterated in every age because of how quick people are to erect barriers and excuses for their lack of faithfulness. So let me remind you that your neighbor is the…

Father and Son

Donald Macleod points out that the Trinitarian Father and Son relationship is the archetype of the same human relationship. This insists that there is something fundamentally the same about a Father and his Son. The eternal Sonship of the second person of the Trinity is part of the basis for insisting upon the homoousion (“same…

To Leaven or Not To Leaven

Throughout the history of the Church some congregations have celebrated this meal with leavened bread and others with unleavened bread. We are not told explicitly in the NT which sort of bread God requires and therefore we believe that Christians are free to choose. We know that leaven can represent malice and envy (1 Cor….

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 13:1-22

Opening Prayer: Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your great wisdom. We thank you that you have given us your wisdom here in your Word and that you promise to impart that to us through the Holy Spirit. Teach us now as we consider these things, and give us grace to know you,…

Praying Heaven Down

For far too many Christians prayer is a last ditch effort. When all else fails, they pray. But this is fundamentally a form of hypocrisy and unbelief. Does God rule the world perfectly? Has Jesus Christ been raised from the dead and seated at the right hand of God the Father? Does the prayer of…