This passage is about the end times in which the gospel is not only present (as it is in all such readings) but in which it predominates
By Jeffrey Thormodson This focus of this text is about the baptized, to “those who are being saved”; verse 23 uses a present participle that identifies the hearer for whom salvation has already come. An individual in the crowd is curious, or speculating about the salvation of others and asks, “Lord will those who are ..
By William Wrede Marriage. A man and a woman united. The standard for this union has been established by God and is fully rooted in his love for us in Jesus Christ. A quick review of the readings from Ephesians for the prior two Sundays will frame our reading for today; we are imitators of ..
By Francis C. Rossow This passage is about the end times in which the gospel is not only present (as it is in all such readings) but in which it predominates. Not only does the gospel occupy more space in this reading than is customary, but the overall impression conveyed is a bright and positive one—despite the stark reminder ..
By Thomas Manteufel The letter to the Hebrews was written to exhort Jewish Christians in the first century to remain steadfast in faith and dedication rooted in Jesus as the Messiah promised to Israel, resisting all temptations to live in impenitent disobedience, or forsake their confession of his claims to be their Prophet, Priest, and ..
By Arthur F. Graudin Textual Considerations The text—God’s word to his people through the prophet Isaiah—contains a number of key words that point to significant concepts in Israel’s history. The Hebrew word יצר (v. 16) is used in our text to refer to the activity of a potter. In Genesis 2:7 the verb describes the ..
By Kyle Castens Who? What? Have you ever tried to work yourself into a story? In this morning’s Gospel text, Jesus asks the disciples a very powerful question: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” The disciples offer a variety of answers heard from the people. Some say John the Baptist. Some ..
By Kyle Castens The House Restored It looked like something no one gave much thought to anymore. It was old and worn, ugly, in fact. Yet, somehow, also beautiful, reflecting a former glory. Faded, splintered pieces of plywood replaced window panes. However, its form still stood brilliant. Tall and majestic, red brick with white trim. ..