Baptism in the New Testament: A Survey

In the Gospels the ministry of Jesus begins only once he is baptized by John. All four Gospels start their stories of Jesus with his baptism by John. And then the Baptism of Jesus seamlessly flows into the baptism of Christ-followers. Or does it? It is striking how little is actually said about the baptism […]

Part 2: Psalm 102:12-28 – The View from the Mountain

Ps 102:12-22 Psa. 102:12   ¶ But you, O LORD, are enthroned forever;   your name endures to all generations.Psa. 102:13  You will rise up and have compassion on Zion,   for it is time to favor it;   the appointed time has come.Psa. 102:14  For your servants hold its stones dear,   and have pity on its dust.Psa. 102:15  […]

Part 1. Psalm 102:1-11 – An Angry God?

Psalm 102:1-2 Psa. 102:1  Hear my prayer, O LORD;   let my cry come to you.Psa. 102:2  Do not hide your face from me   in the day of my distress.  Incline your ear to me;   answer me speedily in the day when I call.   The introduction of the Psalm sets the stage for what is […]

Love

Despite the fact that according to the Beatles, it’s all you need, I don’t like “love.” It is anemic, washed out, sold out, domesticated, banal, and boring. What does “love” even mean? It is either too vague or too precise. It can mean everything, which usually means it means nothing. I “love” green onions. I […]

Part 3. The Eucharist in 1 Corinthians 11:23-24 – “The Cup”

“After supper,” Jesus took the cup (11 Cor. 11:25). According to Paul, the Last Supper started off with breaking bread, followed by a meal, and finally concluded with the sharing of the cup. Hence, the rite would have looked very different from what is typically practiced in churches today. The rite would have included not […]