Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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Preaching Series on Creeds
Preaching Series on Sabbath
John 1:1-18; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 Commentary
by Karl Jacobson
[This is Week 2 of a 3-week preaching series on the Creeds.]
Preaching texts: John 1:1-18; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Like Genesis, the Gospel of John begins ready to trip us up with the language. John’s Gospel matches its beginning to that of Genesis, down to the most minute linguistic detail. Like Genesis, there is no “the” in the Greek of John 1:1’s opening phrase; it reads, literally, “in beginning.”
What this points to is not grammatical nerdery, but to the theological claim that John is making, namely that Jesus was with God, was God, all along. So, when we confess, “I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, our Lord,” we are confessing Jesus as God.
John 1:1-18 is full of creedal elements, from the Logos language that speaks more light, new light into the creation, to the promise that in the fullness of Christ, God and God’s will for us is made known, which is that through faith we are given power to become children of God, to John the Baptists confession that Jesus ...
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Summer 2020 Readings
2020-21 Readings (Year 3)
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NL Podcast 369: Preaching Series on Creeds
August 25, 2019
This podcast covers the three-week summer preaching series on Creeds featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn. for Working Preacher.