Revelation 12:1-6 — Two Signs in Heaven

September 5, 2013

The drama of the second (Revelation 4:1-16:20) has not yet ended. We are yet in the middle of it. Heaven has opened the seven seals (Revelation 6:1-8:5) and sounded the seven trumpets (Revelation 8:6-11:19) but we have not yet seen the final, climatic bowls of wrath (Revelation 15-16).  sandwiched between the trumpets and the bowls is the dramatic […]


Mark 3:20-35 — Blaspheming the Holy Spirit

October 24, 2011

Having chosen his twelve, Jesus resumes his ministry in Galilee, and he finds both popularity and opposition. He is so popular that people crowd him in such a way that Jesus and his disciples are not able to “eat bread,” that is, to eat anything. At the same time opposition intensifies with accusations of demon […]


The Mother Of Jesus Praises The Lord

May 7, 2009

The Magnificat “My Soul Magnifies the Lord” Luke 1:46-55 This song has been used by the church, almost daily, since the late fourth century. It has been sung, prayed and preached for centuries. In the text of Luke, it is one of three songs. The other two are by Elizabeth (1:42-45) and Zechariah (1:68-79). Mary’s […]


The Magnificat

December 18, 2005

Text: Luke 1:46-55. Blessed is Mary—she will bear the one who will reverse the curse. Blessed is the cosmos—the burden it now carries will be lifted because of the one who reverses the curse. Blessed are we—we are invited to participate in the kingdom of God through which the curse is reversed. The Magnificat is […]