Pentecost & Reconcilliation

Today, we celebrate the birthday of the Church.  Pentecost, as we read in the Gospel of John 20:19-23, is when the disciples received the third part of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit. Many other Christian denominations question the need for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, believing that there is no need for a Priest to forgive […]

A Study of the Old Testament, part 4 (Conclusion).

Deuteronomist history Abandonment is a theme throughout the OT from Israel’s perspective.  The response was the articulation of Hope.  Deuteronomy was written while the Israelites were still in exile which is why there is no real conclusion because the resolution hasn’t happened yet, from the Israelite perspective in antiquity.  Deuteronomy focuses on the “change of heart”.   Most […]

A Study of the Old Testament, part 3.

The authors of the Old Testament weren’t concerned with getting it right.  They were only concerned about articulating their own understanding of God.  It’s important to talk about the ambiguity.  We all have opinions because we all learned to talk about things from a certain way.  If we put aside the “right or wrong” and […]

A Study of the Old Testament, part 2.

It is important to remember that Christianity is a sect of Judaism.  It is further important to remember when reading the Old Testament that in the ancient Mediterranean, it was an Honor/Shame culture .  Our culture is a guilt culture.  The Bible, the canon within a canon is the way that we tend to interpret the Bible on […]

A Study of the Old Testament, part 1

The contemporary Christian view of the Old Testament as heard during the readings at most Christian churches is portrayed quite differently than the original Hebrew version.  For the reader to get a true understanding of the OT stories it is helpful to read the OT in the original Hebrew or a translated version directly from the Hebrew […]

You cannot serve God and wealth

Luke 16: 10-13 “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. “Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? “And if […]

Return of the lost sheep

Luke 15: 1-10 (NAB) Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So He told them this parable, saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep […]

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

(Luke 11:27-28) And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!” But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” […]

Lord, are there few who are saved?”

(Luke 13; 23-30) And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. […]