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Articles by Jeffrey Gibbs

Save Your Outrage – Do Something Positive Instead
July 23, 2015 – 3:44 pm | 7 Comments
Save Your Outrage – Do Something Positive Instead

Planned Parenthood, the law of the land, and Christian response

Proper 11 • Ephesians 2:11–22 • July 19, 2015
July 7, 2015 – 9:05 am | No Comment

By Jeff Gibbs
I say to my students with some regularity, “Careful exegesis often makes the text harder to preach.” What I mean, of course, is that the concerns of a particular text of Scripture might not, at first …

Advent 3 • 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24 • December 14, 2014
December 2, 2014 – 9:00 am | One Comment

By Jeff Gibbs
It would be tempting to regard this text, a series of short imperative clauses, as a random series of “inspired one-liners” that exhort the Thessalonian believers (and us) to general Christian behaviors and attitudes. To …

Enduring With the Saints
March 4, 2014 – 8:00 am | One Comment
Enduring With the Saints

In some ways, it can be easy enough to be faithful.  Some people find it easy to be creative.  To bring the two together in worship, however, requires insight and skill that is hard to come …

Transfiguration of Our Lord • Exodus 24:8–18 • March 2, 2014
February 18, 2014 – 9:37 am | 4 Comments

This Old Testament reading for Transfiguration stands as the complement and climax of the covenant ceremony that begins in Exodus 19. In broadest strokes, the text illustrates what it means for the God of Israel, …

Advent 3 • Isaiah 35:1–10 • December 15, 2013
December 3, 2013 – 7:00 am | One Comment

Editor’s Note: The following homiletical help is adapted from Concordia Journal, October 1998.
By Jeffrey A. Gibbs
Textual observations: The historical situation at the time of Isaiah’s prophecy isimpossible to determine. Oppression by Assyria is one possible …

Proper 13 • Colossians 3:1–13 • August 4, 2013
July 23, 2013 – 7:00 am | No Comment

By Jeff Gibbs
Colossians 3:1–13 divides neatly into two sections. The first (vv. 1–4) calls believers to focus their attention on Christ, in relation both to his finished work (v. 1“sitting”), as well as the coming …

Hands, Life, and Hope in Holy Week
March 27, 2013 – 7:56 am | 9 Comments
Hands, Life, and Hope in Holy Week

This week, I’m thinking about his hands.  They were large, strong hands that loved to work with wood—strong hands that were “skilled at the plane and the lathe.”  Many of the items in his house …

Proper 24 • Ecclesiastes 5:10–20 (Mt 5:9–19) • October 21, 2012
October 9, 2012 – 7:00 am | One Comment

By Jeffrey Gibbs
Textual Notes (using English Bible versification)
One of the challenging issues in translation occurs in verse 10, the first verse of the appointed reading. The second line reads, literally, “And whoever loves abundance, not …

It Would Be Easier to Be a Gnostic
September 26, 2012 – 9:00 am | 11 Comments
It Would Be Easier to Be a Gnostic

Thinking about death, and what we believe about life.