Palm Sunday

This Sunday, April 2nd, is Palm Sunday, the day on which we commemorate Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, as detailed in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, and Luke 19:28-44. The story begins with Jesus telling two of his disciples (none of the gospels names them) to go into a nearby village Read more…

Humility

James the Just, one of Jesus’ brothers, said: “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”[1] In Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount, Matthew chapters five through seven, he said: “Blessed are the gentle, for they will inherit the earth.”[2] The word translated as “gentle” Read more…

The Samaritans

Jesus’ story about the “good Samaritan,” in Luke 10:30-37, is so well known that the expression is part of our lexicon, referring to anyone who goes out of their way to do a good deed for someone—especially for a stranger. But I fear that much of the story’s impact has Read more…

The Faith of Abraham

In these posts I have talked about faith before.[1] And with good reason, because faith is one of the cornerstones of Christianity. We are justified before God because of our faith.[2] Indeed, the author of Hebrews tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please” God.[3] In chapter four Read more…