Our New Prophet

Exhortation for Morning Prayer Lessons: Amos 7:1-9, Rev. 1:1-8 In the Bible, a prophet is someone who has been invited into the counsels of God. He is a friend of God like Abraham, like Moses, like Amos who has been granted access to God’s deliberations about the story of human history. Amos deliberated with God about…

God in the Shadows

This table is a lesson in faith. Every week, Jesus gives us bread and wine and explains that by this meal, He assures us that our sins are forgiven and we are being knit together into one body because of His broken body and shed blood. Yet every week there are things that seek to…

A Surprise that Awaits the Whole World

Today is the First Sunday in Advent. Advent means “coming,” and during this season we focus on the good news of God’s coming. God has come to us in Jesus, and He will come at the end to judge the world in righteousness. But when we speak of God’s coming, it’s important that we do…

The Gospel of the Well-Beloved Son

Graveside Service Homily Justice Drake Sumpter Mark 1:9-13 What does a father feel about a son? What does a father feel when his son accomplishes great things? I think we would generally say that a father feels pride, a deep gratitude and joy. A son bears a likeness to his father, and when a father…

Smile as You Eat

As you know, this table has been a topic of intense debate. The Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches tend to believe that something magical happens to the bread and wine in such a way as to justify bowing down to the bread and wine and praying to it because Jesus is believed to be…

Keeping Jesus at the Center

Today is the last Sunday of Trinity Season, and next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent. There are four Sundays of Advent leading up to Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. The Church calendar continues with Epiphany, Lent, and Easter, culminating at Pentecost. What you’ll notice is that half…

The Blood of Reunification

We’ve been meditating this morning on the fact that Jesus is our peace, the one in whom all things are being reconciled to God and to one another. But when Paul says this, He has just finished saying that we have been brought near through the blood of Christ. To bring near is a technical…

The Bridge Both Ways

Ever since the Garden of Eden, men and women try to cover themselves with fig leaves. In our sin, in our shame, in our guilt, we try to hide from God and from one another. But God comes for us. God always comes for His people. This is His grace. His determination to find the…

Bainton on Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Reformation

Just finished Roland Bainton’s classic work The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century. Bainton’s is an evenhanded treatment of the complexities of the Reformation scene, allowing for the messiness of sin and politics while reading the principle players sympathetically. There were a number of fun little gems, but just one this morning. In his chapter on…

One Beat

10.25.13 For J.D.S.   One glimpse is all it takes, one moment: my breath In the icy air, one beat of one heart would be enough To blind, suffocate, arrest. The infinite rushing, crushing The finite. The universe coming down on my head. How does my body not crumple like a can?   It is…