Brooklyn Bridge Salesmen Need Not Apply

This Sunday we shift gears a bit. We have been looking at the mysteries of faith throughout the season of Lent, and on Easter Sunday we reflected on how diving into the mysteries of faith leads to even greater mystery, and our only response is wonder and awe. Our only response, is “Hallelujah,” Praise God!   Well, this week we will start in on a different kind of mystery, one that is fairly terrifying to most people—The Book of Revelation! (Cue the foreboding music) The Book of Revelation has always been a contentious and challenging part of our tradition. Early on, the church father’s debated whether it should be included in the canon of scripture. During the reformation, both Calvin and Luther disliked the book greatly—in fact, Calvin wrote a commentary on every book of the New Testament except Revelation because he didn’t think it had a place in scripture. Today, Revelation is often used for fear mongering and to

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The Agape Mystery

We have spent our season of Lent in the shadow of mystery. We have explored such mysteries like the Trinity, the Incarnation, the messianic mystery, prayer, death, and last night at the Maundy Thursday service, we focused on the mystery of Love. As I said last night, some might think last night was the night to focus on the problem of Evil or suffering. In fact, “Maundy” comes from the Latin Maundatum, and means Madate or commandment. You see, the whole focus of Maundy Thursday is on Christ’s last command, “to Love one another as I have loved you.” On the surface, it does not seem too terribly mysterious, but when you look at the Greek word for love used in this passage “Agape” (in Greek there are 6 different words for love and each refers to a unique kind of love), you come to find that what Christ is commanding us to do is a bit mysterious—or at the

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