October 22, 2017

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Three

Ordinary Time provides an opportunity for those who follow the liturgical year to take a different direction in their approach to the Scriptures. In Ordinary Time, we go week by week, examining how we might live the life we share together in Christ. Ordinary Time is therefore a good season for the Church to study books of the Bible, in […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Two

Ordinary Time provides an opportunity for those who follow the liturgical year to take a different direction in their approach to the Scriptures. In Ordinary Time, we go week by week, examining how we might live the life we share together in Christ. Ordinary Time is therefore a good season for the Church to study books of the Bible, in […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson One

Wednesdays with James Lesson One: Background and Big Picture Ordinary Time provides an opportunity for those who follow the liturgical year to take a different direction in their approach to the Scriptures. From Advent to Pentecost, the Church follows the Gospels as they depict the earthly career of Jesus the Messiah, the story of salvation. In the […]

Fullness and a Future

Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (12, conclusion) All the people who were at the gate and the elders replied, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is entering your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built up the house of Israel! May you prosper in Ephrathah […]

Sealing the Deal

Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (11) Now Boaz went up to the village gate and sat there. Then along came the guardian whom Boaz had mentioned to Ruth! Boaz said, “Come here and sit down, ‘John Doe’!” So he came and sat down. Boaz chose ten of the village leaders and […]

God’s Mercy and Our Lack Thereof (Trinity 13)

In Bach’s day, the readings for the thirteenth Sunday after Trinity included Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. The cantata he wrote for that day in his third cycle of cantatas (Aug, 1725), uses a powerful text on the Gospel written by Salomo Franck. It powerfully contrasts God’s mercy and our lack thereof in caring […]

Some Enchanted Evening

Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (10) Update: edited with some added content commenting on the deliberately ambiguous portrayal of Boaz and Ruth’s encounter. Did she, or didn’t she? • • • Sex! Sex!! Sex!!! There. Do I have your attention? Few things keep us on the edge of our seats like […]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (12): Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

By Chaplain Mike 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, the Almighty.” This happens to be one of my […]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (11): A Song of Peace

By Chaplain Mike As we look forward to our week of remembering 9/11, I offer the following hymn of peace for your meditation today. This words of the first two stanzas to this hymn, which is sung to the melody of Finlandia, were written by Lloyd Stone in the years between World War I and […]

A Taste of Fullness

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (9) We missed a week in our Ruth study and this morning it is time to go back to Bethlehem to find out what is happening. What have we seen so far? A family from Israel, forced to move to Moab in a […]