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John 1:1, 10-18 Unlike Matthew or Luke, John was writing to both the Greeks and to the Jews. John was trying to combine something that was familiar to both of them as a common denominator. Both Jews and … Continue reading
(A sermon I gave on Luke 2:22-40 that might offer some ideas for this Sunday, Dec. 28. Permission is granted to use any part of it – just make sure you use the citations for the non-original parts). I’m … Continue reading
Mark 13:24-37 I like the way Leonard Sweet began a sermon on this Advent text. “Salmon do it. Hummingbirds do it. Butterflies do it. Turtles do it. All these creatures, and many more: they all . . . go … Continue reading
Matt. 5:1-12 The Beatitudes of Jesus contain wisdom from the ages that is not carried through in the English translation. If we spoke Aramaic, we might grasp more depth of meaning. Since the gospel reading for Sunday, Feb. 2 … Continue reading
Matthew 3:1-12 Fire is a good thing, even when it’s in the Bible. Have you ever eaten an ear of wheat? I hope not. You’d be spitting out chaff or worse. The closest we get to a grain of … Continue reading
Matthew 24:36-44 I’m not a biblical literalist in the way it is often meant. But details are details and they need to be identified as such. I think someone had too much wine when they were over-imagining what … Continue reading
Luke 23:33-43 It’s deer hunting season in Kentucky, a paradise for some people and not a paradise for others. It’s a weird thing but I really enjoy researching words and how they are translated from one language to another. … Continue reading
Considering the explanations in Greek and Aramaic for the words and phrases in Luke 6:20-31, this is how I would interpret it: + + + Then Jesus lifted up his eyes toward his disciples, and said: Coming to completion are … Continue reading
Luke 6:20-31 There’s so many possibilities for interpretation coming out of the Aramaic version of the beatitudes in Luke’s gospel that it would be about as long as the book I wrote about Matthew’s version. There are some significant … Continue reading