"Abraham and Isaac," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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Baptism of Our Lord
Matthew 3:13-17 Commentary
by Mark Allan Powell
The Gospel lesson for this day presents the second of seven pericopes in Matthew's Gospel dealing with John the Baptist:
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Isaiah 42:1-9 Commentary
by Christine Roy Yoder
"New things" are afoot. Israel's penalty paid twofold, her exile at an end, the prophet known as Second Isaiah whispers tenderly "Comfort, O comfort" (40:1) and heralds the approach of "the everlasting ...
Acts 10:34-43 Commentary
by Craig R. Koester
This text for the Baptism of Jesus is a short sermon that summarizes the entire story of Jesus. The baptism proclaimed by John the Baptist is mentioned as the starting point for Jesus' public ministry (Acts ...
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