Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Trinity: Ruth 3

IntroductionWe’ve been introduced to the mighty man, Boaz, the redeemer of Naomi and Ruth, and now we see more of Ruth and her might. The Levirate LawThe salvation that Boaz brings to Elimelech’s family is based upon a specific provision in the Old Testament law called the “levirate law.” This provided for a family of…

A Sketchy Introduction to Karl Barth (1886-1968) and His Christological Aims

Note: These are notes for a presentation I gave for the New St. Andrew’s College graduate program this week. Pope Pius II called Barth the greatest theologian since Thomas Aquinas. He was invited to attend Vatican II, and he is widely considered to be one of the most significant contributors to the modern theological world….

The Fifth Commandment

It seems to me that one of the greatest needs of the Church at large is a recovery of and thereby a thorough repentance with regard to the fifth commandment. The command to honor father and mother is not limited to merely honoring mom and dad. Honoring father and mother applies to all lawful authorities….


Just a little concordance study here: The word is “foot/feet.” What’s fun is that “spies” in the OT are commonly referred to as “feet.” And when they are “spying” out the land, they are “footing” the land.

The Proverbs of River

My son spoke his first proverb last night: “A fighting family is sadder than being eaten by a T-Rex.” Another variation includes Velociraptors. Note: I posted another version earlier, and my son informed me that I was wrong. So here is the revised and corrected version.

Bucer on Bread Worship

Throughout his Commentary on the Book of Common Prayer, Bucer refers to the adoration of the host as artolatreia, that is, “bread worship.” He also says that the reason the early Church Fathers called the Eucharist a sacrifice is because all the faithful were expected to bring offerings and alms, and they were placed on…

Beware of Premature Repayment

“He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the…

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Trinity: Ruth 2:1-23

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, we thank you that you have sent your only Son to be our life and light. We thank you that you have also given us His Spirit. Grant us grace now to hear your word rightly, to love you more fully, and to walk faithfully before you. IntroductionWe considered the sharp…

Bethlehem in Uproar

When Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem, the whole city is in an “uproar” because of them (1:19). The word for “uproar” is used to describe armies in panicked confusion (Dt. 7:23), the shouts that accompany the ark of the covenant (1 Sam. 4:5), the acclamation of a king (1 Kg. 1:45), and the noise…

Goshen as Protection

In a series of talks on the book of Ruth, James Jordan discusses the history of Israel in the book of Genesis. He suggests in particular that God wanted Israel down in Goshen in Egypt in order to protect them from the worst of the pagan influences in Canaan. He cites the various failures of…