Monthly Archives: December 2015

John 1:(1-9) 10-18

John 1:(1-9) 10-18 As I sat in my first Greek class. One of our first assignments was noun declension. As our model we used John’s “word” in his opening verse: “logos” or “word:” “In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God,… Continue reading

Ephesians 1:3-14

Ephesians 1:3-14 As a writer Paul was not a Hemingway. The novelist is known for his short sentences. One idea is presented and then he moves to the next. Paul had no such fondness for periods. It is as if, once he began speaking of… Continue reading

Psalm 147:12-20

Psalm 147:12-20 One doesn’t generally think of snow storms and Jerusalem in the same sentence. In spite of all the snow covered stables we have seen presented on Christmas cards, snow and ice in the Middle East cannot compete with the higher latitudes of the… Continue reading

Jeremiah 31:7-14

Jeremiah 31:7-14 I want to say it’s been a Jeremiah-like month. A Russian plane was downed, Beirut was bombed, Paris was assaulted and Mali was attacked. Perhaps there needs to be as many warnings of judgement as there are acts that desecrate God’s intentions for… Continue reading

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,”

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn king; peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.” Joyful, all you nations, rise; join the triumph of the skies; with angelic hosts proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”… Continue reading

“Creator of the Stars of Night,” Verse 4

“Creator of the Stars of Night,” Verse 4 Come in your holy might, we pray, redeem us for eternal day; defend us while we dwell below from all assaults of our dread foe. Why these sobering words in an Advent hymn? Our culture excels in… Continue reading

Luke 2: 8-20 # 2

Luke 2: 8-20 # 2 “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who… Continue reading

Luke 2:1-14

Luke 2:1-14 “This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12) The sign is–diapers? No, Jesus’ swaddling clothes have served the church for centuries as a sign of the whole… Continue reading

Titus 2:11-14

Titus 2:11-14 “He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.” (Titus 2:14) Our reading begins, “For the grace of God has appeared,… Continue reading

Psalm 96

“O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.” (Psalm 96:1-3)… Continue reading