Efficacious Appetizers

This meal is picture of what God is doing with this whole world. God is gathering all things together in Christ, all things in heaven and on earth. And He’s doing this through the death and resurrection of Jesus. And this meal is part of God’s promise to us that this is the case. Do…

Brotherhood by Baptism

In some modern translations of the Bible, the translators have thought that it is very important to translate the word “brothers” as “brothers and sisters” – even though the apostles just used the word brother. I think people are too quick to assume that the apostle was just a man of his times which turned…

You are the Bread

“And you shall bring from your dwellings two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the firstfruits to the Lord.” (Lev. 23:17) You may know that just before Passover, the Israelites kept the Feast of Unleavened bread, and they spent a…

Where Jesus Promises to Be

Baptism is entry to the people of God. When an individual is baptized, he or she formally joins the Church, the Body of Christ. But when parents bring their little ones to be baptized, this can be somewhat scary. The obligations to bring up children to love and serve Jesus are daunting. How can we…

Believe in Jesus and Live for Him

What is your role in the body of Christ? What is your role here at Trinity? In the first instance, let me insist that your role, your job is to receive. How does the hand function? How do the eyes work? They work first by receiving nourishment, receiving life from the body. Some of you…

God’s Loyalty

This is a family meal. Here we meet with Jesus. Here we meet with God our Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit. But that means that this is a covenantal meal. When you eat together, you are sharing peace, you offering, extending, and affirming love and commitment to one another. Or another way…

Now You Belong

“As many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:27-28) This is the verse that our baptismal hymn is taken from, the song that…

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…

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…

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…