One of the purposes of art is to make the gospel live for the people in the artist’s time. Caravaggio accomplished this for his generation, and John Granville Gregory did the same almost 400 years later. Borrowing Caravaggio’s composition of The Incredulity of Thomas, Gregory updated the characters to look like a group of young men you might see hanging out at a sports bar. Continue reading Still Doubting: Some thoughts on Doubting Thomas
The first story, set in Capernaum, deals with people enjoying power and status both from the Roman realm and the Jewish hierarchy.
The scene in Nain is decidedly more rustic and lower class. There is a “large crowd,” but there are no dignitaries, no intermediaries, no prepared speeches.
Thankfully, Jesus doesn’t bother with such distinctions. Continue reading A Study in Contrasts: The Centurion and the Widow of Nain–Luke 7:1-17
Today is All Saints Day, a day to remember those women and men who have set us an example of faithfulness and trust. Our scripture lesson this morning introduces us to one such faithful saint, the widow of Zarephath. You might be interested to know that in his very first sermon, delivered in his hometown of Nazareth, Jesus singles her out as a woman of faith who was chosen and blessed by God. If Jesus has such a high regard for her, perhaps we should learn more about her and her faith, for she is one of those saints that we celebrate on this day. Continue reading An Unlikely Saint: The Widow of Zarephath ( I Kings 17: 8-24)
Preached at United Reformed Church of Clifton on Sunday, September 20, 2020 To hear this sermon preached follow this link. … Continue reading Count the Stars: A Sermon on Genesis 15: 1-11 and 17-18
“In the Kingdom of God, we are not to assume the role of greedy bouncers at the door checking IDs. Rather we are to take our place on our knees, shoulder to shoulder with this woman of great faith, pleading ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord.’” James Boyce Continue reading A Woman of Faith: Matthew 15:21-28
This story isn’t about Peter’s faith or lack of it. This story is about Jesus, the Savior. What is required is not faith in your ability to walk on water. Rather, what is required is that you cry out, “Lord, save me!” Continue reading Walking on the Water: A Sermon on Matthew 14: 22-32
“We give up something for Lentto make room for Godto do something new in our lives” Many of us are … Continue reading Billy Martin’s Story: Giving Up Something for Lent
The eternal God is your refuge,and underneath are the everlasting arms. —Deuteronomy 33:27 When I go to the circus, I … Continue reading Flying through Life on a Trapeze
Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells, and the deeper the wells brighter Thy stars shine; … Continue reading Stars from the Bottom of the Well