Jewish rabbis often only referred to a small passage of Scripture and they would look at it from as many angles as possible. They would probably have selected only one of the proverbs from our reading today and studied it for all it was worth in order to take out every last bit of meaning. […]Read More..
Having been away for the last four Sundays it has proven to be a challenge to get back into the routine of sermon writing in preparation for this Sunday. My mind and body was not aided by the winter storm delays that led to my flight being re-scheduled and me getting to bed at 4 […]Read More..
We are nearing the end of our annual journey from the book of Genesis through many of the books of the Old Testament and in a few short days we will celebrate the birth of the Messiah. What has been a journey of a few months was for the people of Israel a journey of […]Read More..
It is strange to read a book from the Bible that does not mention God. We assume that would be one of the first conditions to be considered when compiling a library of important religious writings and binding the whole thing into one common book which we call the Bible. We are quite used to […]Read More..
Sermon, December 2nd, 2018 “When the fig tree does not blossom…” Habakkuk 1 vs. 1-4; 2 vs. 2-4; 3 vs. 3b-9 & 17-19
In her commentary on today’s Scripture reading, Prof. Julianna Claassens reminds us that: “The book Habakkuk reflects an exceedingly traumatic time in Israel’s history. Not long before the mighty Assyrian army destroyed one city after another, brutally killing people…(and not long after) the Babylonians …would three times attack Jerusalem, taking the leaders and skilled citizens […]Read More..
Our journey through the Old Testament this autumn has come the promise given to Abraham and Sarah and to all their descendants; then there was the freedom found through the leadership of Moses; there was the success, and failure, of some of Israel’s kings; and then, writes Walter Brueggemann: “…there is a series of speakers, […]Read More..