River Edmond

My son wants to go for a walk. C’mon, Dad, he says, let’s go to the place where the dead people are buried. I nod and we take our leave of the apartment. Our apartment complex is next to a shopping center which used to house a grocery store called “Winn Dixie” witnessed by the…

The Feast is Holy War

When Moses first goes before Pharaoh his request is that Israel might go three days journey into the wilderness in order to hold a feast/festival to Yahweh (Ex. 5:1-3). The general request for the freedom to go out of the land is resubmitted a number of times, but this specific request (to feast) is made…

Baptismal Meditation

Today is Trinity Sunday, and therefore it is exceedingly fitting that we should be performing a baptism on this day. In Matt. 28 where Jesus commissions his disciples to go into the world and make disciples, he tells his disciples how to make more disciples. He says to baptize people and teach them to obey…

The Son of God

It is without controversy that the Church has always confessed (since Nicaea officially) that Jesus is the second person of the Trinity incarnate. He is Immanuel, God-with-us. He is the eternal Son begotten of the Father before all worlds, very God of very God. Nor does modern doubting scholarship worry us when it fumbles about…

Lohmeyer on the Strongman

Lohmeyer suggests that the “strong man” in the gospels (e.g. Mt. 12:29, Mk. 3:27) is Jesus. I have always understood these parabolic sayings as refering to Beelzebub or the demonic forces of evil that Jesus has been doing battle with. I’ve thought that Jesus is himself the “one” who enters the strong man’s house, binds…

The Wisdom of the Sabbath Table

In Proverbs it describes Wisdom as a woman who has set a table for all those who seek her. Wisdom says, “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.” That table is here. Here you are learning wisdom by giving thanks week after week. One of the things that we…

Trinity Sunday: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, Ephesians 1:3-14, and Matthew 28:16-20

Opening Prayer: Almighty and Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We glory in your Trinity, in the exceeding wisdom and glory that fills your eternal dance. We come before you now as your people, your sons and daughters, and we ask that you would pour out your wisdom and understanding upon us. We ask…

Trinitarians on Trinity Sunday

This is Trinity Sunday and like all of the other celebrations we have is in some sense redundant. Every day is a celebration of all that God is and has done. Every day is an enormous party for the Trinity. The great white moon, the forgiveness of sins, the oceans roaring, the cross and the…

Lohmeyer and the Vineyard

Lohmeyer, in Lord of the Temple, suggests that the parable of the vineyard, husbandman, and the tenants should be understood more specifically as referring to the temple of God, and the tenants are the priests, the keepers of God’s house (p. 44). This fits, he argues, better with the context, a narrative that began with…

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