Metanoia

Third Sunday after Epiphany

January 26, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 9:1-4
Reading 2: 
Psalm 27:1, 4-9
Reading 3: 
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Reading 4: 
Matthew 4:12-23
By John B. Cobb, Jr.

We have been seeking in the passages assigned from Isaiah and the Psalms clues to how Jesus may have understood his mission. The Isaiah passage for today is one that Christians have been accustomed to using to announce the coming of Jesus. It could have been influential with Jesus own thinking, but that seems less plausible. It is written as if the event had occurred. Presumably the writer was excited about the birth of a descendant of David expected to rule. He prophesied that this new king would bring freedom and peace to Israel.

3rd Sunday of Easter

May 8, 2011
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Reading 2: 
Psalm 116:1-4:12-19
Reading 3: 
I Peter 1:17-23
Reading 4: 
Luke 24: 13-35
By Jeanyne B Slettom

Acts 2:14a, 36-41
If we read the entire book of Acts as a narrative arc that brings the gospel from Jerusalem to Rome, then these early chapters are essential for establishing the kernel out of which the Christian church will grow. Therefore it is interesting that the key message in this passage is the call to repent—which parallels the start of Jesus’ ministry (Matthew 4:17, Mark 1:15).

Scales Fell From His Eyes

Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Acts 9:1-19

The idea that scales sometimes fall from our eyes has taken hold in Christendom. It describes figuratively an experience that many have had.

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