Tag: hope

Wooden cross inscribed, "Jesus is risen"

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #17: Why So Hopeful?

If we consult the Holy Scriptures we can have no doubt that God promised his church here on earth a better state than this. Philipp Jakob Spener (1675) Given all the problems we discussed in our previous episode, why should Christians today join Pietists like Spener in holding out “hope for better times” — for…

For YHWH I Wait: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 29 November 2015

Jeremiah 33:14-16  • Psalm 25:1-10  • 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13  • Luke 21:25-36 As I publish this reflection, I will have been an ex-preacher for almost eleven months.  I deliberated on whether I should narrate with any degree of detail how that came to pass, but I’m going to choose not to for now.  For the sake of some…

The Family of Hope: A Reflection on the Lectionary readings for 13 January 2013

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 13 January 2013 (Baptism of the Lord, Year C) Isaiah 43:1-7  • Psalm 29  • Acts 8:14-17  • Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Promises concerning Israel’s future are about restoring a past that never was, but likely should have been.  Readers familiar with the story of Israel certainly know of the tension and the strife that have traveled…