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 ..


Advent 3 • Luke 7:18–28 (29–35) • December 13, 2015


Advent 3 • Luke 7:18–28 (29–35) • December 13, 2015

By Jeffrey A. Oschwald Luke 7:18‒35 presents the preacher with a challenge: although unified by references to John, the three subsections are diverse in topic and style. As Fitzmyer notes, the passage deals with (1) John’s question and Jesus’s answer, (2) Jesus’s testimony concerning John, and (3) Jesus’s judgment of his generation’s assessment of himself ..


Proper 27 • Hebrews 9:24–28 • November 8, 2015


Proper 27 • Hebrews 9:24–28 • November 8, 2015

By Tim Saleska Text and Grammar Notes 9:24: εἰσῆλθεν: the aorist verb emphasizes the central point of this text that, unlike the OT sacrifices, Christ’s sacrifice was “once and for all.” ἅγια: The author of Hebrews commonly uses both the plural and the singular, ἅγιον, without distinction to refer to the sanctuary (BDAG). ἀντίτυπα τῶν ..