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

Wait, and See What God Will Do

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018. The readings that were read were Ezekiel 37:1-14; Zephaniah 3:14-20; and Isaiah 61:1-4, 9-11. This service included the Rite of Healing. And so we gather today on the Sabbath. The seventh day of the week. Genesis tells us that after … Continue reading Wait, and See What God Will Do

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

As I have loved you

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on Maundy Thursday, March 29, 2018. The gospel text was John 13:1-7, 31-35.   So… Love one another, Jesus said. I give you a new command. Love one another, care for each other. Offer a helping hand. Sounds good and right, and sounds like Jesus. … Continue reading As I have loved you