Alternate Gospel

sunrise over valley
Commentary on John 20:1-18

Again, we find ourselves on the Holy Day that, for many, is the second most [...]

Three crosses overlooking lake
Commentary on Luke 19:28-40

Palm Sunday is an opportunity to look to the immediate future and a time of [...]

round stone in obscuring tomb entry
Commentary on John 20:1-18

We have seen so many tombs—and countless deaths that could not even have proper tombs— [...]

hand stroking colt's head
Commentary on Mark 11:1-11

Mark 11:1-11 depicts Jesus as a long-awaited king. It does this in both obvious and [...]

Luther crest, Eisleben, Germany
Commentary on John 8:31-36

The Reformation story is one of commuting and converting from one theological worldview to another. [...]

Commentary on Mark 16:1-8

The Sabbath day has passed and it is the dawn of a new day. That [...]

Mary, the Evangelist
Commentary on John 20:1-18

Some congregations may read John 20 at the Easter Vigil — a good choice because [...]

He is not here, HE IS RISEN
Commentary on John 20:1-18

John’s “first installation” of the resurrection appearances includes the following journeys to and from the [...]

Descent of the Holy Spirit
Commentary on John 7:37-39

This alternative gospel text, John 7:37-39, may seem a strange choice for Pentecost Sunday. [Find [...]

Libertad
Commentary on John 8:31-36

Controversial questions abound in John’s Gospel as conflict simmers just beneath the surface of several [...]