Coming Full Circle

Coming Full Circle

In the name of the Father and of the ✠ Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. “If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied, we are of all people most miserable” (1 Cor 15:19).  Thus the Apostle Paul at the start of our...
Let There Be No Doubt

Let There Be No Doubt

How frightened the chief priests and the Pharisees of Jerusalem were of a dead man!  Their fear is utterly astounding! In their own words, they left no doubt about their opinion of Jesus of Nazareth.  He was a fraud, a deceiver, an impostor, a charlatan....
He was Pierced for Our Transgressions

He was Pierced for Our Transgressions

A priest, a minister and a rabbi walked into a movie theater together.  No joke. They did. I saw them. It happened on Ash Wednesday in 2004. The movie they went to see was Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, and I was there to see it, too, with several of my...
Take Him at His Word

Take Him at His Word

Just last month, a new study came out from researchers at three universities in Australia: Monash University in Melbourne, the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, and the University of Melbourne.  The study “has found that more than half of car...
Asking the Impossible

Asking the Impossible

In the name of the Father and of the ✠ Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. When many people think about Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood, the word impossible may come to mind several times, in reference to its size or seaworthiness, or gathering that many animals....
Pressing Toward the Goal

Pressing Toward the Goal

The sermon text for the 5th Sunday in Lent is from Philippians 3:14. [14] I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (ESV)