Mary, Unclean

Purification of Mary; Presentation of Jesus, February 2, 2020 (Luke 2:22-32) For seven days after the birth of a child, a Jewish mother was “unclean”.  Then for 33 more days she was in effect yet unclean as she could touch no hallowed thing (e.g. eat of a sacred meal)...

Through

Third Sunday after the Epiphany, January 26, 2020 (Matthew 4:12-25) The ESV translates Matthew 4:14:  so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled.  Unfortunately the little word “by” makes it sound like Isaiah is the originator of the prophecy...

The Fish Story

Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 19, 2020 (John 1:29-42a) The early church abbreviated a five-word creed by using the Greek word for “fish”.  The English transliteration of this Greek word for fish is IXThUS.  Each letter stood for a single word that...

The Holy Trinity and Holy Baptism – January 8, 2020

First Sunday After Epiphany, January 12, 2020 (Matthew 3:13-17) As the number of cults increase and as paganism is displacing Christianity in many lands, preachers must be more consciously persistent about preaching the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.  Not that most...