Using God’s Gifts to Rule

The writer of Hebrews says that the church gathered together in worship constitutes Mt. Zion, the city of the Living God, a heavenly Jerusalem (Heb. 12:22). In Ephesians Paul says that we are citizens with the saints and members of the household of God (2:19). In other words, the Christian Church is a new city,…

Holy Trinity Weekly

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost. The Christian Almanac records that on June 22, 431 A.D. the Third Ecumenical Council began in the city of Ephesus, on the west coast of modern day Turkey. This council was called to deal with yet another controversy related to the nature of Christ. One of the…

What He Said

I’m putting some toys away with my son when he looks up with his eyebrows signalling concern. “Dad?”“Yes?”“Sometimes I eat baby soap.”“Oh. Does it taste good?”“Yeah. I really like it.” “Huh. Ok.”

Baptism as Anointing

There was a question in a post below about referring to baptism as an “anointing.” I re-post my reply here: There’s a lot that could be said about this (see Peter Leithart’s “Priesthood of the Plebs” for an extensive study), but in brief, I was thinking about some of the following: Jesus was anointed in…

Reminding God to Pass Over

Our text today commanded the Israelites to keep the Feast of Passover as a memorial. This memorial feast included both a meal and a display of blood. It is no accident that when Jesus commanded his disciples to keep this meal, he said ‘do this as a memorial of me.’ Of course it is often…

How to Die Without Dying

Baptism is a ritual death. The apostle says that everyone who has been baptized into Christ Jesus has been baptized into His death. We were buried with Him through baptism. When Jesus died, everyone who has been baptized died with him. This is glorious because of course all we have done in baptism is put…

Third Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 11:1-12:20

Opening Prayer: Almighty and gracious Father, we are your servants, and we bow before you now. We are gathered here to be instructed by you; give us your marching orders. Direct our paths and gives us the strength and courage to obey, through Jesus Christ. Declaration of Final Plague to PharaohAt the end of chapter…

Counting Our Blessings

It is necessary that Christians take time occasionally to remember how God is blessing them. And as a church it is important to do the same. It is worth noting how greatly God has blessed us over the last year as a church. In the last 12 months God has basically doubled our numbers, he…

Resurrection Ball Slideshow

Friends, We hope you are well, and that this summer finds you sipping large glasses of sweet tea, lathered in sunscreen, and enjoying the spiritual blessings of barbeque and Frisbee. Through the painstaking efforts of several folks, there is now a slide show with a number of pictures of Resurrection Ball 2007 which can be…

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…