Peter, in today’s passage, was the one who experienced what forgiveness means.
June 13, 2021
What Makes Us Who We Are As Christians
As Peter said in the passage, whom he met and what he did were pretty risky. His Jewish brothers may jump all over him. Why had Peter gone to that house? And what had Peter done in terms of eating unclean food?
June 6, 2021
What Should We Do Now
In the passage, Peter’s heart-felt sermon sounded very simple and its application seems very straightforward—just a three-step procedure—repent, be baptized, and receive the Spirit.
May 30, 2021
The Transforming Power of the Holy Spirit
What is clear from the passage is that the disciples had been transformed by the Holy Spirit.
May 23, 2021
The Ordinary People With the Extraordinary Gospel
In today’s passage, the disciples got together to choose Judas’s replacement among the two candidates—Matthias and Justus. These two were found to meet the criteria as spoken by Peter, but only one would be selected.
May 16, 2021
What Does It Mean For Us to Be Jesus's Friends?
In today’s passage, when Jesus said, “You are my friends if you do what I command you,” he was not simply offering a useful or pleasurable friendship to those who have done his abiding in Jesus.
May 9, 2021
Remaining Close to the True Vine
The images in today’s passage-vinedresser, vine, and branches--tells us about the communal and relational nature of our faith in God.
May 2, 2021
When We Feel Stuck in Our Life
In today’s passage, the risen Jesus served the breakfast, not a supper this time.
April 25, 2021
When the World Looks Around for the Risen Jesus
In today’s passage, “Look at my hands and my feet,” Jesus said, and when the disciples did, they saw everything they had ever been through with Jesus.
April 18, 2021
People Who Stand Behind a Closed Door
The story of doubting Thomas in today’s passages shows us that it was not easy to live into the reality of Easter in the first century. What we know clearly from the passage is that the disciples were behind a door that was both closed and locked because they were scared.
April 11, 2021
Three Women With Divine Courage
Today, on Easter, if I were to ask, “What is the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus Christ?”, how would you respond? Not what happened two thousand years ago, but what does it mean to each of us today?
April 4, 2021
The Donkey is the Sign of Divine Power
In our experience Palm Sunday is often a day to celebrate the story of Jesus coming into Jerusalem by waving the palm branches while marching down the center aisles of the sanctuary just as we did this morning.
March 28, 2021
Divine Action is the Way of Self-Suffering
In today’s passage, Jesus had to explain about his own death regarding what is to happen but also what it means. One more time Jesus tried to tell them what his mission really was, and that reminds us what our mission really is and is going to be. I name it as “divine action.”
March 21, 2021
Divine Love Is Limitless
In today’s passage, we see one of the best-known and best-loved verses in the Bible, John 3:16. It may be true that everyone knows John 3:16 or at least knows of John 3:16, but I wonder if they know that this is part of a conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus.
March 14, 2021
Holy Chaos With Divine Anger
As Jesus entered the temple, he discovered how deceiving appearance could be. While the place appeared to fulfill its function, Jesus knew that its purpose had been forgotten.
March 7, 2021
Who and How Do We Say That Jesus Is?
In today’s passage, Peter, who just confessed Jesus to be the Messiah, rebuked Jesus, “God, forbit it, Lord. This must never happen to you.”
February 28, 2021
When We Crash Our Own Illusions
In today’s passage, what Jesus struggled to affirm in the wilderness was a message that he received at the Jordan River, verse 11, saying, “A voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you, I am well pleased.’”
February 21, 2021
Our Own Blindness to the Word of God
In today’s passage, Jesus led Peter, James, and John up the mountain and was transfigured before them; Elijah and Moses appeared to them.
February 14, 2021
We Are Partners in God’s Plan
In today’s passage, it was awful when we imagine the wet chaos below, where the rest of creation was perishing. The result was so devastating that God promised never to will such a thing again.
February 7, 2021
Unfaithful Insider VS Faithful Outsider
In today’s passage, Jonah’s story features a number of reversals and contrasts between human actions and the divine will.