Munus Triplex and the Crucifixion

The geography was made for the moment. Caesarea Philippi, located 25 miles north of the Sea of Galilee, was a place of unusual significance. No mere spot on the road, this city had been built up by Philip II, the son of Herod the Great. In honor of Caesar Augustus he called it Caesarea, and to distinguish it from another […]

What is Your Leprosy?

In a simple but powerful and emotional moment Jesus not only sends a shot across the bow of a stoic and stuck religious establishment, but summarizes for all of humanity the full nature of his mission. Consider the passage as revealed by Mark in the historical narrative that bears his name: And a leper came to him, imploring him, and […]

Make Way for the Kings and Queens

This time of year the headlines are full of familiar references to churches and those who claim to follow Christ. There will be stories about “pilgrims” making their way to Bethlehem, the “faithful” flocking into the Vatican, and “believers” gathering for Christmas Eve in churches aplenty. Within the musty corridors of numerous tiny churches scattered all over the nation there […]

Christ Has Set Us Free!

Without a doubt, Galatians 5:1 is the key to the entire letter that Paul writes to his Christian friends in the Roman province of Galatia: For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Not only do these words provide an apt summary of the preceding four chapters, but […]

Camping, Bell, the Rapture and Hell

Awkward. That is the word of the week when it comes to the great reality that Harold Camping’s prediction about the May 21 evacuation was dead on arrival. One can’t help but worry for the hordes of people duped by Camping’s “guarantee” that the rapture would come. And now he’s determined to get it right, declaring that he was off […]