Joel Elowsky talks about the 3rd-century bishop and theologian Cyprian and the early church’s response to plagues
Is there an imbalance in our Good Friday and Easter (and the Sundays before and after) preaching?
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 ..
By David Peter The Occasion for Paul’s Words The first verse of the text begins with these words: “Now I would remind you, brothers.” This formula indicates that Paul is responding to an issue which had been a part of his original instruction to them. In this case, the issue is the resurrection of the body. Apparently the subject ..
Preaching the resurrection among the undead
By Joel P. Okamoto In this pericope, Peter portrays Christ’s resurrection as God’s vindication of his identity and his work. In the resurrection, God gives assurance that Jesus is Lord and the judge of the living and the dead. The resurrection also gives assurance that through his name sins are remitted (cf. Lk 5:20–25). The Jews who rejected ..
It was the call I was dreading. The hospice nurse phoned during chapel at the seminary with the news: “Your mother has 24-48 hours to live.” At 95, my mother had been in decline for about six months, and in rather severe decline for almost 3 ½ weeks, from just before Christmas. So out I ..
You can’t know what something means until it is finished. If you drive by a construction site on your way to work, day after day, you’ll see a work in progress; beams going up, trusses for the roof, then eventually walls, insulation, windows, shingles, siding, and then you can decide if you like the house ..