Lohmeyer on the Cleansing of the Temple

Lohmeyer points out that Jesus words and actions in the temple cleansing scene are both strange and revolutionary. First, the portion of the “temple” that Jesus cleanses would hardly have been considered the temple proper in the first century. Most Jews would have viewed the court of the Gentiles as a compromise and/or syncretistic bone…

Keeping the Feast with Young and Old

In our passage this morning, we noticed that Yahweh insisted that both young and old should go to the feast of Yahweh (Ex. 10:9), and Pharaoh understood easily that this meant the “little ones” (10:24). The covenant family of God is made up of young and old, male and female, and this means that all…

Second Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 10:1-29

Opening Prayer: Open your Word to us now, O God, come down and be near to us in the glorious power of your Spirit. Wherever our hearts are hard or defensive come and overwhelm us with your goodness and mercy. Hear our cries and come to our aid. Speak to us now: heal us, renew…

Persecutingly Hospitable

In Romans, Paul exhorts the Christians to give to the needs of the saints and to be given to hospitality (12:13). I want to point out that God is already blessing us richly in this area (and yesterday’s wedding was a prime example of that), but I want to encourage you to do so more…

Wedding Exhoration

Psalm 45 is a wedding psalm. It was composed for a royal wedding. And even though this a song, a poetic celebration of a marriage, there are several exhortations that can be drawn from it. But first, just a general point about our celebration today: As most of you know, D— was baptized last Sunday…

Leepike Ridge

This book arrived today, as a late birthday present for River. I finished it three hours later. I think you’ll enjoy it.

The Dangerous Book for Boys

This looks fun.

Athanasius: Incarnation as Death

While it is clear that the cross is the telos of the life of Christ, Athanasius’ understanding of the Fall, the “death” that now permeates human life and society, seems to suggest that the incarnation itself is the beginning of the death of Christ. He says: “Thus, taking a body like our own, because all…

Athanasius on Prelapsarian Humanity

“Upon them, therefore, upon men who, as animals were essentially impermanent, He bestowed a grace which other creatures lacked — namely, the impress of His own Image, a share in the reasonable being of the very Word Himself, so that, reflecting Him and themselves becoming reasonable and expressing the Mind of God even as he…

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