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Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us!

Easter Sunday, Year A Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth. (1 Cor. 5:7-8) – Amen. Last Sunday I spoke of our expectations and the expectations of those who witnessed Jesus in the flesh. Most Jews of Jesus’ time were eagerly awaiting for a messiah, for the […]

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” – A Homily for Good Friday

The Seven Last Words of ChristThe Fourth Word Matt. 27:45 From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46 And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus’ cry, quoting the first words of Psalm 22, is perhaps one of the most challenging passages in the Bible. Not only is the entire […]

Lenten Devotional: You gotta have faith!

1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. (Heb. 11:1-2) The title does not, of course, refer to the song by George Michael, I will allow someone else to exegete that text. Instead it refers to the faith of God’s people. This week I was teaching my course on early Judaism and we came to 1 Macc. 2:50-64, the passage […]

Run Away! (From Atonement?)

That is what I always thing of when I hear the word “retreat.” I helped out (last minute addition) with a teen retreat in Central PA. The area was gorgeous and it was a lot of fun. Sharing a cabin with 8 barely pubescent boys, however, never gets better. The title of the post also refers to a tendency among many mainline ministers to run away from the theology of Jesus’ death as an atoning […]

Our Wilderness Moments

So this is the sermon. I also have an audio of it, which is much more expansive, but I have not pulled it off the recorder yet. Please feel free to offer comments! Patronal Festival for St. Andrew’s, State College Genesis 28: 10-17 Romans 10: 8b-18 Matthew 4: 18-22 Jacob at the turning point. When I preached two weeks ago I said that the primary theme of the Bible is the two-fold pattern of God’s […]

Johnny Hart – May light perpetual shine upon him.

A great cartoonist and a humble Christian died today. He was not without controversy and I didn’t always appreciate his style of humor, but he was an icon and his influence will be missed. ‘B.C.’ cartoonist Johnny Hart dies – ALBANY, New York (AP) — Cartoonist Johnny Hart, whose award-winning “B.C.” comic strip appeared in more than 1,300 newspapers worldwide, died Saturday while working at his home in Endicott, New York. He was 76.”He […]

Rebekah Sends Jacob Away

Characters of God: Rebekah & Jacob

What follows is a subsequent chapter of the work-in-progress I shared last week, Characters of God. (You can read the premise of the work and the first chapter here.) These chapters originated as meditations for a men’s and later a women’s silent retreat. The meditations originally focused upon male or female characters according to the audience. The following chapter focused upon two figures, male and female, mother and son. The responses from the women’s retreat […]