Easter 6 • John 5:1–9 • May 1, 2016


Easter 6 • John 5:1–9 • May 1, 2016

By Ben Haupt At the beginning of his Gospel, the Apostle John inscribes one of his main themes: “From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (Jn 1:16–17). This pericope introduces the reader to the large confrontation between Jesus and ..


The Resurrection of Our Lord • John 20:1–18 • March 27, 2016


The Resurrection of Our Lord • John 20:1–18 • March 27, 2016

By Timothy Dost Mary Magdalene as Determined Eyewitness Here we have John’s account of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, the report of Mary Magdalene, and the response of Peter’s and John’s and Mary’s subsequent conversations with the angels and the risen Jesus. General comments on the text: The text here is anchored in time and ..


Lent 3 • Luke 13:1–9 • February 28, 2016


Lent 3 • Luke 13:1–9 • February 28, 2016

By Glenn Nielsen In this text Jesus doesn’t explicitly accuse someone of something that needs repentance. Rather, he says the unfortunate people in the tragedies were not worse sinners. So this sermon focuses on the second half of repentance—the turning toward Jesus in faith—although a short section does mention what we need to turn away from. ..


Epiphany 2 • John 2:1–11 • January 17, 2016


Epiphany 2 • John 2:1–11 • January 17, 2016

By David I. Lewis Introduction  Today’s gospel lesson records the beginning of the miraculous signs (αρχη των σημειων) which Jesus did as recorded in the Gospel of John: Jesus changes gallons of water into excellent wine (καλος οινος). How preachers and commentators have interpreted the significance of this event has varied. For instance, some argue ..