The Completion of the Cross (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached last night, Good Friday. The gospel text was the Passion according to John, John 18:1 -- 19:42. John tells us that it was a Friday evening when Passover began that year. It was one of those years when the first day of Passover was also … Continue reading The Completion of the Cross (Sermon)

Rambling about the Fulfillment of Scripture

I did not preach a sermon in worship today. Today is Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday, which  means that the gospel reading is the entire story of the passion of Christ, from the Last Supper through his burial. This year, the passion gospel was Luke 22:14 -- 23:56. Since the gospel itself takes … Continue reading Rambling about the Fulfillment of Scripture

Thirty-Nine

Hebrew law, according to Deuteronomy 25:1-3, allowed for flogging as a punishment for a crime. However, the number of lashes allowed in a flogging were to be no more than forty. "If more than that is given, your fellow Israelite would be completely disgraced in your eyes" (Deuteronomy 25:3, Common English Bible). Because forty was … Continue reading Thirty-Nine

Between the Gardens

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on Good Friday, March 30, 2018. The gospel text was John 18:1 -- 19:42, the whole Johannine Passion story. Our gospel story tonight begins in a garden. Across the Kidron Valley there’s a garden. A garden where Jesus and his disciples used to go. Not … Continue reading Between the Gardens

Face to Face with the Cross (Good Friday)

I preached four times this weekend, during the "Great Three Days" worship service that lasts from Thursday evening through Sunday morning. In current Evangelical Lutheran liturgical understanding, this is one long service that begins with Maundy Thursday and ends with the Vigil of Easter. Click here for Maundy Thursday. This is my Good Friday sermon. Click here … Continue reading Face to Face with the Cross (Good Friday)