December 15, 2017

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (6)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Six 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 is […]

3rd Sunday after Trinity: Cantata & Pic of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • I’m deeply thrilled about our choice of worship music today. We present three movements from, perhaps, J.S. Bach’s greatest cantata: BWV 21, “Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis” (My heart was deeply troubled). Craig Smith describes this magnificent work and gives its background: Several years into his tenure […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (2)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Two This commentary takes the…view: that the letter as it has come down to us makes sense as a [single] letter, written by Paul, probably from Rome in the early 60s, to his longtime friends and compatriots in the gospel who lived in Philippi, a Roman […]

Wisdom for Ordinary Time: Eugene Peterson on Leviticus 19:18

During Ordinary Time this year, I am reading and meditating on Eugene Peterson’s new book, As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God. This book captures sermons from Peterson’s twenty-nine years as a pastor in Bel Air, Maryland. Today, Peterson’s sermon focuses on Leviticus 19:18 — “You […]

2nd Sunday after Trinity: Cantata & Pic of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Internet Monk has often noted the absence of lament in much of American church culture. Today, we present an example of a Bach chorus of lament from his cantata “Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein” (O God, Look Down from Heaven). It seems, when lamenting, we humans are wont to […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (1)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study One Ask any number of people to name their favorite Pauline letter, and the majority will say Philippians. For good reason. Whereas we meet an erudite Paul in Romans, a bombastic Paul in Galatians, a sometimes caustic Paul in 2 Corinthians and a sometimes baffling […]

1st Sunday after Trinity: Cantata & Pic of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) About Today’s Picture This statue of an African-American woman and her child, is part of the Black Brigade Monument in Smale Park on the riverfront in Cincinnati. It honors the courageous and city-saving contributions of a group of African-Americans who defended Cincinnati from Confederate forces in 1862. Here is a marvelous […]

Fridays with Damaris: Another Look – Integrity of Life

Integrity of Life by Damaris Zehner For, with the old order destroyed, a universe cast down is renewed, and integrity of life is restored to us in Christ. Prayer offered during Mass: May 3, 2015 • • • The phrase “integrity of life” reached out and grabbed me when I heard it a few months […]

Wisdom for Ordinary Time: Eugene Peterson on Philippians 4:13

During Ordinary Time this year, I will be reading and meditating on Eugene Peterson’s new book, As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God. This book captures sermons from Peterson’s twenty-nine years as a pastor in Bel Air, Maryland (where I happened to graduate from high […]

Another Look: Ordinary Time

For those who follow the Christian Calendar, we are now in the season after Pentecost. This season is also known as, “Ordinary Time.” Robert Webber explains the meaning of the term, and how this season compares to the rest of the liturgical year: The period between Pentecost and the beginning of Advent is called ordinary […]