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Something More than Mustard

The Parable of the Mustard Seed is coming up as the Gospel Lesson assigned for Pentecost 4 (June 21). If you have done any research on the mustard plant and compared it to Jesus’ parable, you might be more than a little confused. Mark’s version of the parable goes like …

What was the Magi’s star?

Probably the most fascinating detail of the account of the magi’s visit to Bethlehem is the star that started them out on their journey and could be seen over the place where Jesus was at the conclusion of their journey. Perhaps some of you have always imagined it like the …

Who were the Magi?

Magi. Wise Men. Three Kings of Orient. Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar. A Persian scholar, an Indian scholar, and an Arabian scholar. There are plenty of names and traditions surrounding the men of Matthew 2 who paid baby Jesus a visit early in his life. We usually see them in Nativity …

Forgiveness from the Top Down

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” (Matthew 18:21) I was reading an excellent resource for worship planners put out by our national church body, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, when I came across …

Who is Barabbas?

One of the most fascinating aspects of Jesus’ Passion History is how Jesus’ trial, and its outcome, drastically alters the fate of a man named Barabbas. Barabbas is mentioned by all four Evangelists. Matthew says he was a “notorious prisoner” (Mt 27:16). Mark says that he was in prison “with …

Salt of the Earth, Light of the World (Part 2)

In the Gospel for Epiphany 5, which is this coming Sunday, Jesus tells believers that they are “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” (Mt 5:13-16). Yesterday, we considered salt’s value and importance to the people of Jesus’ day, and thus considered how we can apply …