Remember the water: 2 Kings 5:1-14
False prophet or true?: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Mark 1:21-28
True prophets have a different bottom line than false ones, but that doesn’t make them any easier to recognize.
The first deacon: Mark 1:29-39
The Christian church was born with Simon Peter’s mother-in-law.
A demanding leader: Mark 1:14-20
If it were me, I would have stayed in the fishing boat or dithered about what to do until Jesus was just a speck on the horizon.
To see as a child: John 1:43-51
In the waters: Genesis 1:1-5, Mark 1:4-11
Will the water bring death or life?
An embodied ideal: Jeremiah 31:7-14; John 1:(1-9), 10-18
Whether we choose to believe it or not, we human beings are embodied creatures. There have been many times throughout the history of philosophy and religion when great thinkers have tried to minimize or deny the physicality of human existence. Simple phrases such as “mind over matter” and biblical passages such as 1 Corinthians 9:27, “but I punish my body and enslave it,” have contributed to the misleading belief that we are at our best as human beings when some spiritual core that is separate from our physical nature governs our lives.
Christmas and the cross: Luke 2:22-40
Simeon offers a subtle instruction to Mary: remember the cross.
Interrupted: Luke 1:26-38; 47-55
Whether Mary was reading or spinning or planning her wedding, the annunciation came as an interruption.
Messianic complex: John 1:6-8, 19-28
John the Baptist baptized Jesus of Nazareth. The synoptic Gospels all say so, and the kerygma in Acts connects the beginning of Jesus’ ministry with that baptism. But although Mark seems to find it quite right that Jesus should have been among those who heeded John’s preaching, all the other evangelists seem discomfited by the suggestion that Jesus was somehow a disciple of this other preacher.
On your mark: Mark 1:1-8
Worth the wait: Isaiah 64:1-9
Isaiah refuses to pretend anymore.
The nations on Judgment Day: Matthew 25:31-46
Faithful slaves: Matthew 25:14-30
Ready for anything: Matthew 25:1-13
Violence in the name of love (Matthew 22:34-46; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8)
How, in real life, do we love God and neighbor?
Five different lenses for reading "render unto Caesar"
No political ethic without social location
Remade: Matthew 22:1-14
When early Christians saw the word robe, they thought of one thing only.
Living and active: Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32
I often feel like a religious leader standing under judgment.