“Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28 NRSV). The angel Gabriel appears to Mary with a greeting and refers to her as a favored one, a blessed person. We are not told of anything in Mary’s past that would signify such a greeting, so we must ascertain that this ‘favored’ bestowal from … Continue reading The Gift of God with Us
The second sermon in my Summer of Love series is about holiness. The church is called to be a holy people. As God is love, so God is holy, and for the same reason too. Holiness is loving God and others as God loves us. God is love because God is Triune, and God is … Continue reading Love Leads to Holiness: Reconciling our Walks
“As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Rom. 10:15; cf. Is. 52:7 NRSV). “Jesus replied, ‘I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?’ The Jews answered, ‘It is not for a good work that we … Continue reading Beautiful feet in the midst of stones: a woman’s call to preach
The woman answered him, “I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!” (John 4:17-18 NSRV) The Samaritan woman at the well is a … Continue reading Do you know the woman at the well? Probably not
"Many women were there looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee while ministering to Him. Among them was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee" (Mt. 27:55-56 NASB). Our words are very important. Therefore, why do we continue to … Continue reading Why won’t you call me a disciple?