Called to come home

I suspect that most of us would not say we are “at home” with the Book of Chronicles, the source of our first reading today. The Chronicles were written at the end of the Babylonian Exile. It is a look back at the history of the monarchy of Judah, its kings and the people.  It is not a history as we understand it – it is really an overarching assessment of the king and the people against one standard, and one standard only:  how did we do as the people of the Covenant with God; a Covenant given to us on Sinai through the prophet Moses?  The short answer: not good.  The Book of Chronicles is a history of sin, a history of ignoring the covenant, a history of taking on the name of the Lord in vain.  Continue reading

Everyone who believes: given

Giotto_Lower_Church_Assisi_Crucifixion_01Given. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. Verse 16 provides the link between the two parts of the discourse. It sums up vv. 14-15 by reiterating the salvific dimensions of Jesus’ death, but moves the argument forward with its reference to God’s love. God gave Jesus to the world because God loves the world. Continue reading

Trinity Sunday: God so loved the world

Syuzanna Avetisyan - somewhere on Google+God so loved the world… For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. Verse 16 provides the link between the two parts of the discourse. It sums up vv. 14-15 by reiterating the salvific dimensions of Jesus’ death, but moves the argument forward with its reference to God’s love. God gave Jesus to the world because God loves the world. Continue reading

Like it or not

God so loved1John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son” It is perhaps the best known bible verse here in the United States. It appears on signs held up in crowd shots at major sporting events, it appeared in the midst of Tim Tebow’s eye black at a college national championship game, and it appears on bumper stickers. It’s everyone’s favorite Bible verse. But… I’ve wondered whether, if people thought about what this verse says for just a little longer than it takes to read a bumper sticker, it might just prove to be far less comforting and far more troubling. Continue reading

Whoever believes: given

Giotto_Lower_Church_Assisi_Crucifixion_01Given. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. Verse 16 provides the link between the two parts of the discourse. It sums up vv. 14-15 by reiterating the salvific dimensions of Jesus’ death, but moves the argument forward with its reference to God’s love. God gave Jesus to the world because God loves the world. Continue reading

Trinity Sunday: God so loved the world

Syuzanna Avetisyan  - somewhere on Google+God so loved the world… For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. Verse 16 provides the link between the two parts of the discourse. It sums up vv. 14-15 by reiterating the salvific dimensions of Jesus’ death, but moves the argument forward with its reference to God’s love. God gave Jesus to the world because God loves the world. Continue reading