November 22, 2017

15th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Shout for joy to God in every land! All the creatures contained in heaven and earth must exalt his glory, and to our God we would now likewise bring an offering since in affliction and distress at all times he has stood by us. • Soprano […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (14)

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and […]

14th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • What an abundance of goodness You give me! Yet what shall my conscience give You in return? Lord, I know nothing else to bring, except to sing thanks and praise to You. • Tenor Aria from BWV 17 • As we begin today, just a reminder […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians — Friends in the Gospel (13)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Thirteen: Don’t let anyone steal your joy • • • PHILIPPIANS 3:1-11 (JB Phillips translation) In conclusion, my brothers, delight yourselves in the Lord! It doesn’t bore me to repeat a piece of advice like this, and if you follow it you will find it a […]

13th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Today we hear from Bach’s cantata Du sollst Gott, deinen Herren, lieben (Thou shalt love God, thy Lord) , which Simon Crouch calls “a most beautiful and profound and yet, at the same time, intimate work” about loving God and one’s neighbor. Using chorales from Martin Luther, […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians — Friends in the Gospel (12)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Twelve: Examples of the Jesus-shaped Life • • • PHILIPPIANS 2:19-30 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may be cheered by news of you. I have no one like him who will be genuinely concerned for your […]

12th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week (+ bonus hymn!)

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Today… An All-Time Favorite One of Bach’s cantatas for Trinity 12 takes a different form. Cantata BWV 137 creates variations on the five verses of Joachim Neander’s great hymn,“Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren,” which English hymn singers know as, “Praise to the Lord, […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians — Friends in the Gospel (11)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Eleven: Tom Wright on Phil. 2:12-18 • • • PHILIPPIANS 2:12-18 What I’m getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you’ve done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I’m separated from […]

Wisdom for Ordinary Time: Eugene Peterson on Abraham, the “Friend of God”

During Ordinary Time this year, I am reading and meditating on Eugene Peterson’s book, As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God. It captures sermons from Peterson’s twenty-nine years as a pastor in Bel Air, Maryland. Occasionally during this season I am posting some reflections on the […]

11th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • The Gospel text for this Sunday in Bach’s day was the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (Luke 18: 9-14). To help us meditate on this story of penitence and forgiveness, this warning against self-justification and spiritual pride, we present a lovely tenor aria from […]