October 22, 2018

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 […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians — Friends in the Gospel (10)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Ten: Humility We Must Sing to Imagine • • • There are some things that can, perhaps, only be said in poetry, and perhaps this [Phil 2:5-11] is one of them. • Tom Wright PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11 Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. […]

10th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Apparently, this time of year is a season in which apocalyptic themes take hold. With this year’s solar eclipse, our minds are focused on these themes as well, and Bach gives us music by which to meditate on the upheavals that shake our universe and cause […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians — Friends in the Gospel (9)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Nine Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ There’s an […]

9th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • “Bach Cantata BWV 105 is one of his gigantic masterpieces” (Craig Smith). It is also a work that vividly describes the experience of Anfechtungen that was so much a part of Martin Luther’s spiritual experience. Dr. Chris Armstrong described an Anfechtung, a sharp sense of spiritual abandonment and despair Luther often […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (8)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Eight Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ Nothing can […]

8th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Today, we hear Bach’s inspiring setting of one of the greatest texts in the Hebrew Bible, the opening chorus from Cantata BWV 45, “Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist” It has been told to you, mankind, what is good and what the Lord expects […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (7)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Seven Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ Paul then […]

7th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • One of Bach’s cantatas for Trinity 7, Cantata BWV 187 — “Es wartet alles auf dish” (These all wait upon Thee) — is a celebration of God’s loving care for creation. Making use of texts from the Psalms and the Gospel of Matthew, this work, which one commentator called […]