'Caiphas' Tagged Posts

'Caiphas' Tagged Posts

A SURE WORD

The French philosopher Voltaire once said:  “Even if a miracle were wrought in the open marketplace before a thousand sober witnesses, I would rather mistrust my senses than admit a miracle.” The late British agnostic Bertrand Russell, was asked what he would say if, after he died, he found out there really was a God.  He replied:  “I would say, ‘Why did you not give me…

THE NAME WE BEAR

Our “cross-examination” in today’s text personalizes the dilemma of Simon Peter in the courtyard of Caiphas.  “Am I one of them?” Folks warming their hands around the fire notice the Big Fisherman. They think he looks familiar.  They start asking questions. “This man was with Him,” says the servant girl.   “You also are one of them,” says another.  Still another asserts:…

“CROSS-EXAMINATIONS”

Our Lenten sermon series this season will take the form of a “cross-examination” at a courtroom trial.  Each Bible text will present a charge or question which leads to an “examination.” Much of the Passion History of our Savior shows Christ Jesus on trial before Caiphas and Pilate.  But the textual questions posed in our “cross-examinations” place Christ on trial in the…