Eating the Promise

We’ve seen today that one of the central roles of a sign is to be a promise. The sign that Moses was given was first and foremost a promise, an oath of what God swore to do. This table is no different. When we celebrate this meal, we do it in remembrance of Christ, or…

Third Sunday in Lent: Exodus 3:1-22

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, your glory is above the heavens; your name is Holy Holy Holy. We are but dust and ashes. We are children who barely know our right hands from our left. We do not know which way is up and which way is down. But you have called us here into your…

For us Men and for our Salvation

We confess our sins at the beginning of this worship service every week. This is because we know and believe that we are sinners in need of mercy and grace. But this is not just an opportunity to feel sorry for ourselves. This is not a therapeutic exercise to give you an emotional calm. This…

Schmemann on Lent

The season of Lent is the Church’s annual journey to Easter. The Orthodox theologian Alexander Schmemann describes Lent as follows: When a man leaves on a journey, he must know where he is going. Thus with Lent. Above all, Lent is a spiritual journey and its destination is Easter, “the Feast of Feasts.” It is…

McGrath on Covenant, Calvin, and Cucumbers

From Alister McGrath’s The Intellectual Origins of the European Reformation: “In the twelfth century, however, the origins of one of the most significant theologoumena of High Scholasticism may be detected: the idea that, as justification involves an ontological change in man, an ontological intermediate is required in the process of justification – and this intermediate…

Bread in the Desert

When Reuel sends for Moses he says for him to be sent for “in order that he might eat bread.” Reuel, the “friend of God” and “priest of Midian,” calls for Moses to feed him. As we have already pointed out, the life of Moses is a preview of the story of Israel. Moses passed…

Second Sunday in Lent: Exodus 2:1-25

Opening Prayer: Our Father we are your sons and daughters, your royal family, and we come now before you to hear your wisdom. Speak to us now and deliver us from all our enemies. Speak and recreate us according to the image of your Son. Look down upon us and remember us and know us….

Parenting like Jochebed

In our sermon text this morning we will consider the story of Moses’ birth and deliverance from the hand of Pharaoh. The story of his rescue by Pharaoh’s daughter is a fitting analogy of what Christian parenting is all about. Our children are conceived and born in sin and under the curse of death, and…

Drinking Christ

I’m sure that many other folks have pointed this out before, but Paul, in 1 Corinthians 10, says that Israel drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and that rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased and their bodies became fertilizer for the desert. And Paul says that…

Paul, Canonization, and Authorship

E. Randolph Richards suggests, based on ancient letter writing practice that it would have been very natural (and commonplace) for Paul to have kept copies of the letters he sent to the churches of the first century. Thus, when it comes to trying to figure out how the church came up with the canon of…