Easter evening. Some things to consider from this passage: Look at verse 19. Like the apostles, where and from what do you hide? Notice Jesus' disposition. What brings peace? What do English translations often miss in verse 23? Is it right that Thomas gets a bad reputation from this account? What is a more accurate … Continue reading Podcast: John 20:19-31
EasterTIDE provides 50 days to consider the vast significance of Jesus' resurrection from the dead. His incarnation and redeeming work envelope us in a living hope because He lives and can never die again; neither can any of us who are regenerated by His Word and Spirit. On the other hand, and sadly, it seems … Continue reading The church: from battleship, to cruise ship, to life boats?
“This joyful Eastertide, away with sin and sorrow!" LSB 482 (worth memorizing) Eastertide, the days between Easter Sunday and Pentecost, is a time when we concentrate on the vast significance and inexhaustible blessings of our redemption accomplished by Jesus, climaxing in His resurrection from the dead. The Holy Spirit takes what is His and declares it to … Continue reading This joyful Eastertide!
You may recall that on Easter evening, Jesus’ apostles were behind locked doors for fear of the Jews and Jesus came to them and said, “Peace to you.” Jesus’ proclamation of peace to them is important for at least three reasons. First, they were afraid of how Jesus might respond to their abandoning Him; what … Continue reading Breath giving, breath taking!
“He is RISEN!” Response: “He is RISEN, indeed!” This prompt and response is common at Easter, but the text for chapel on Easter Tuesday at CUI, John 20:1-9, suggests a different exchange. The passage records Mary, Peter, and John visiting the empty tomb but no appearance of Jesus Himself. According to the text, “He is … Continue reading He is . . . missing?!?
Yesterday was the 7th Sunday of Easter, an interesting Sunday because it falls between the ascension of Jesus (40 days after Easter) and Pentecost Sunday (50 days after Easter). All three readings for the 7th Sunday of Easter refer to prayer (Acts 1:12-16; 1 John 5:9-15; John 17:11-19). What were the apostles and disciples supposed to do … Continue reading Pray Awaiting Pentecost
Atheism concludes that there is no God anywhere. Agnosticism concludes that if there was a God we wouldn’t be able to know for sure. Deism concludes that there is a God but far away and uninvolved. Eastertide confronts all of those conclusions with Jesus, God incarnate, risen from the dead and coming among His disciples … Continue reading The Center III
Have you ever noticed how much people are in favor of obedience when they are giving the commands but how little when others are doing the commanding? Jesus was perfectly obedient to the will and command of only One, His Father because that is His nature and because that is love. Thus, Christianity begins with … Continue reading Obedience
Remember the difference between geo-centric and helio-centric thinking from last week? Another problem with geo-centric thinking is that we tend to think that nothing happens unless we make it happen; as if we are born into an empty space; no history, no creation, nor ancestors, nor God, nor salvation. My life is what I make … Continue reading The Center II
Friends, is our universe helio-centric or geo-centric? Is the sun at the center or the earth? You may have thought that we settled that question a long time ago but today it sounds like people are convinced that not just the earth but the earth that makes up their human nature is the center of … Continue reading The Center