'Paul' Tagged Posts

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LIFE IN THE LIGHT OF MORNING

“It was the best of times and it was the worst of times,” is the way Charles Dickens began his novel, Tale Of Two Cities.   Paul would have said the same about his times.  In our epistle lesson from Romans 13, he says:  “The night is almost over, and the day is drawing near.” The times are dark with judgment…like the night. The times are bright with…

SWEET SORROW

Shakespeare’s Juliet says to Romeo:  “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”    English teachers might call that an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms.   But life is full of seeming contradictions which are not so contradictory.  We talk about “bitter sweet moments,” or a “deafening silence,” or “an open secret,” or a “tragic comedy.” There is a…

“IF YOU CANNOT PREACH LIKE PAUL…”

The familiar old mission hymn, “Hark! The Voice of Jesus Crying,” recognizes that not every Christian is called into the public ministry of preaching and teaching the word of God.  That is more than OK. How could the gospel go forth to the work-a-day world without “the priesthood of all believers” telling others what they have heard from pulpits and classrooms?   The hymn…

“TREASURE IN CLAY JARS”

Speaking of the life-giving gospel he preached, Paul once said, “We hold this treasure in clay jars” (2 Corinthians 4:7). Martin Luther echoed this in the 62nd of his 95 Theses.  He said: “The true treasure of the church is the holy Gospel of the glory and grace of God.” You would think that God would entrust the priceless treasure of the gospel to some exceptionally…

LOOKING TO THE CURSED FOR A CURE

There is a knock on the door one night.  It is Nicodemus. He wants to talk to Jesus.  Privately. As a Jewish leader he doubtless worries about guilt by association with this new Teacher on the scene who is working wonders. Amid the soaring truths about a new birth and God’s plan of salvation, Jesus points the old scholar back to the Old Testament:   “Just as Moses lifted…