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Halloween: Ghosts, Goblins and . . . Theological Truth?! (2016)

Halloween – Trick or Treat?

Happy Reformation Day one and all! I have posted the above video the past 3 or so years now. It is well done and has a great message to it. And, if you get a chance, why not go and read a little Luther or Calvin today! It can only do you good! Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Caesarea-Philippi? (Mt. 16.13-20)

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I have a confession. I like maps! I am a cartograph lover . . . a carto-phile?!! There’s just something about them. Especially old, exotic maps . . . you know, the kind Indiana Jones would use to find some ancient, mythical treasure!

I cannot say when my fondness for maps began. But I do know I pay more attention now to geography and locations, when I am studying a subject. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Kindergarten Level Theology!

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My wife was with driving with my six-year old daughter the other day, when she asked her mommy a rather strange question.

Mommy, who is the moon?

My wife responded something like, Do you mean what is the moon?

No mommy, our daughter insisted, who is the moon? Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Commemorating Holy Week: Resurrection Sunday! Easter 2016

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Resurrection Sunday: (Mt. 28.1, Mk. 16.1-3, Lk. 24.1, Jn. 20.1—The women arrive at the tomb of Jesus around dawn: Mt. 28.2-7, Mk. 16.4-7, Lk. 24.2-7—The women encounter angels and are told Jesus has risen: Mt. 28.8, Mk. 16.18, Jn. 20.2—The women leave, then go and tell the disciples what they have witnessed: Mt. 28.9-10, Lk. 24.8-11—Some of the women are met by Jesus, who tells them to go and tell the disciples and he will meet them in Galilee, the women obey: Jn. 20.3-10, Lk. 24.12—Peter and John rush to Jesus’ tomb and find it empty: Lk. 24.13-35—Jesus appears, in the afternoon, to the two disciples going to Emmaus, then he later appears to Peter: Lk. 24.36-43, Jn. 20.19-23—In the evening, Jesus appears to the disciples, except Thomas.)

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                It has been a long and stressful week. Observing Holy Week is not for the faint of heart. We have heard the last words of Jesus spoken during his earthly ministry. We have seen him betrayed and abandoned by the very ones who were closest to him. We have seen him mocked and falsely accused. We have heard the shouts of Crucify him echo in our ears. And, we have stood at the foot of the cross, alone on Golgotha’s hill, looking up at a broken and torn Messiah. The silence captured our hearts and minds on Holy Saturday. The night seemed to last forever. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Commemorating Holy Week: Holy Saturday 2016

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Saturday: (Lk. 23.56b)

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                The only mentioning of this day is in Luke 23.56b, on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

Today is marked by silence. All the activity of yesterday has subsided into the nervous quiet of today. Jesus has died on the cross. He was buried and laid to rest. The disciples are huddled together in fear. They fear the religious leaders. They fear the mob. They fear the sound of approaching centurion sandals. Their whole world has been destroyed. The One in whom they trusted is now gone—he is dead. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Commemorating Holy Week: Good Friday 2016

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Friday: (Mt. 26.47-56, Mk. 14. 43-52, Lk. 22.47-53, Jn. 18.2-12—Judas betrays Christ and Jesus is arrested: Jn. 18.13-14, 19-24—Jesus is brought before Annas: Mt. 26.57-68, Mk. 14.53-65—Jesus is brought before Caiaphas, the high priest and the Sanhedrin: Mt. 26.69-75, Mk. 14.66-72, Lk. 22.55-62, Jn. 18.15-18, 25-27—Peter denies Christ: Mt. 27.1-2, Mk. 15.1, Lk. 22.66-71—Jesus is tried before the Sanhedrin and is sent to Pontius Pilate: Mt. 27.3-10—Judas hangs himself: Mt. 27.11-14, Mk. 15.2-5, Lk. 23.1-7—Jesus is brought before Pilate and then sent to Herod: Lk. 23.6-12—Jesus is brought before Herod and then sent back to Pilate: Mt. 27.15-26, Mk. 15.6-15, Lk. 23.13-25, Jn. 18.28-19.16—Jesus is brought before Pilate a second time, questioned by Pilate and condemned to death: Mt. 27.27-54, Mk. 15.16-39, Lk. 23.26-49, Jn. 19.16-37—Jesus is crucified between two thieves, he is crucified around 9am and will remain on the cross six hours until 3pm when he dies.)

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                We come at last to the day of execution. We call it Good Friday. Many have asked, why we would call this Friday good? How can we call the day that Jesus was horribly beaten and crucified good? It does seem an odd adjective at first. It does not seem to fit the events of that day. Perhaps we feel that others would be more appropriate, such as: Black Friday or Sad Friday or the like. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Commemorating Holy Week: Maundy Thursday 2016

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Thursday: (Mt. 26.17-19, Mk. 14.12-16, Lk. 22.7-13—Jesus makes preparations for the observance of the Passover meal: Mt. 26.20-29, Mk. 14.17-23, Lk. 22.14-30—In the evening, Jesus and the disciples eat the Passover meal, he tells of his betrayal by one of them and he institutes the observance of the Lord’s Supper: Jn. 13.1-17.26—Jesus washes the disciples’ feet and delivers the Upper Room Discourse: Mt. 26.30, Mk. 14.26, Lk. 22.39—Jesus and his disciples sing a hymn and then depart for the Mt. of Olives: Mt. 26.31-35, Mk. 14.27-31, Lk. 22.31-34—Jesus foretells of Peter’s three denials: Lk. 22.35-38—Jesus gives the disciple further instructions and commands: Mt. 26.36-46, Mk. 14.32-42, Lk. 22.40-46—Jesus and his disciples go to the garden of Gethsemane.)  

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Known in the liturgical calendar as Maundy Thursday ( Maundy is a Latin term that means command) this is a pivotal day in the final week of Jesus’ life. On this one day many things will transpire, many things that will change the course of human history (and eternity) forever. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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