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COVID rebels… and the second great commandment

(Lev 19:18; Matt 5:43–48; 22:39; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:25-37; John 13:34; Rom 13:9; Gal 5:14; Jas 2:8; 1 John 3:14) HYPER POLITICIZATION of America’s polarized…

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Advent: Saturday of First Week

Readings Morning Isaiah 18 Mark 4:1-20 Psalms 24–26 Evening Isaiah 19:1-17 Revelation 11 Psalms 24–26 Reflection Enthronement and Temple Dedication THE SEVENTH TRUMPET in the…

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Advent: Friday of First Week

Readings Morning Isaiah 14:3–15:9 Mark 3:13-15 Psalms 19–21 Evening Isaiah 16–17 Revelation 10 Psalms 19–21 Reflection PSALM 19 OPENS WITH this notice: “The heavens reveal…

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Advent: Thursday of First Week

Readings Morning Isaiah 10.24-34 (11.1-10) Mark 2.23–3.12 Psalms 15–17 Evening Isaiah 13.1–14.2 Revelation 9 Psalms 15–17 Reflection Judgment against Assyria (Isa 10.24-34) YESTERDAY’S READINGS REMINDED…

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Advent: Wednesday of First Week

Where did anyone get the idea that Isaiah was a cheerful gospeler?

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Advent: Tuesday of First Week

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” (Isa 6:3)

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Advent: Monday of First Week

The first week of Advent begins with language of Israel’s judgment in terms that end up sounding like the Lamb opening the six seals in the book of Revelation (Isa 4:1; Rev 6).

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Advent: First Sunday

Advent readings open with Isaiah’s warning for rebellious Judah and Jerusalem (Isa 1:1-31) and then introduce the Lord’s future reign as a time of reckoning for their pagan ways (Isa 2). Only this reckoning for the house of God could prepare it to serve as a blessing to the nations, for which Abraham’s offspring were called in the first place (Gen 12:1-3).

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Sermon on the Mount: The Sermon’s Ideals

Living out the ethos of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount is a matter of a changed heart, not just behavior or rules, whether from a mountain in the Sinai or one in Galilee. The only way we can live out the counter-cultural ethic of the kingdom of God is by the power of the indwelling Spirit.

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“Salt” & “Light”

I’m reading Stott’s commentary on the Sermon on the Mount and loving this classic. Such a combination of solid reflection, rhetorical excellence, and spiritual fervor….

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