Monthly Archives: December 2010

David’s Son Is Greater Than David

A father in ancient culture rarely payed great respect to his son.  He might admire his son.  He might lavish gifts on him.  However, a father would not often call his son ‘sir’, ‘master’, or ‘Lord’.  This is the theological … Continue reading

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The Hope of Resurrection

Sadducees were the materialists of Jesus’ time.  They were focused on the hear and now.  They thought that belief in spiritual reality and the afterlife were absurd.  This is what their question to Jesus below is meant to highlight.  They … Continue reading

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Jesus and Politics

There are two extremes to be avoided in politics.  The first, less common approach, is to change Jesus into a primarily political figure.  I played cricket in England with a communist who claimed that Jesus was a communist.  He said … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Tenants

The Parable of the Tenants looks like God might be short tempered and vengeful.  As an allegory of God’s workings with Israel it is a sign of grace and patience.  The owner of the land, God, has every right to … Continue reading

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Honestly Declaring Where We Stand

Honestly declaring where we stand and why is stifled by concern for how others may view us.  The Christian faith is not committed to gaining the most votes, running a popularity contest, or finishing high in the polls.  We must … Continue reading

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Easter at Christmas

Christmas, so they say, finds its origins in a pagan observance of the Winter Solsitce.  On December 21st the sun disappears for the longest period and days become shortest in the Northern Hemisphere.  Things seem bleak and hopeless.  Warmth has … Continue reading

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The Third Man

My father had me watch The Third Man.  In today’s reading we are meant to watch The Third Servant closely. the third servant represents a strong warning.  Connection to a Christian Community is not what makes a Christian, even if … Continue reading

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