“Mary Magdalene: Portrait of Discipleship.” Luke 8:1-3, Mark 15:40-41, John 20:11-18. Sunday School. February 14, 2021.

When the disciples run away, the women who follow Jesus appear–at the Cross, at his burial, and at the empty tomb–with Mary Magdalene at their head. If you listen to the podcast below, you will not only see her as a “Portrait of Discipleship,” you will be drawn to follow Jesus.

“Mary Magdalena: Portrait of Discipleship”

“Could This Be the Christ?” John 4:4-32. Sunday School, February 7, 2021.

Every summer we find spiritual refreshment by attending Camp Sychar in Mount Vernon, OH. This camp takes its name from the well at Sychar where Jesus met the Samaritan woman in John 4:4-42. Just inside Camp Sychar’s gate is a refreshing, ever-flowing well where all can drink. Many, also, have found Camp Sychar a source of the “living water” that Jesus offered the Samaritan on that hot day at Jacob’s well. The Sunday School lesson for tomorrow, Feb 7, is from this passage. Click below to listen to an explanation of this passage and drink once again, for yourself, from this “living water.” 

“Could This Be the Christ?”
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“Your Sons and Your Daughters Shall Prophesy.” Acts 2:14-21, 21:8-9; Luke 2:36-38. Sunday School. January 31, 2021.

How should we understand the gift of the Holy Spirit in terms of Joel’s prophecy in Joel 2:28-32? What role does the coming of the Spirit play in the Biblical drama? What does His coming mean for us? Listen to this explanation of Acts 2:14-21, 21:8-9; and Luke 2:36-38, the Sunday school lesson for January 31!

“Your Sons and Your Daughters will Prophesy”

“Who Can Forgive Sins, but God Alone?” Mark 2;1-12. Sunday School, January 17, 2021

My students used to joke that the answer to every question in the class on the Gospel of Mark was “the authority of Jesus.” They were right. Mark 2:1-12 focuses on the authority of Jesus to forgive sins–and its implications for His identity! Implicitly, Jesus faces those around Him with the question, “Who do you say that I am?” For an explanation of this passage click below.

Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

“The Year of the Lord’s Favor.” Luke 4:14-30. Sunday School, January 3, 2020.

At the inauguration of His ministry Jesus proclaimed that He was the Spirit-anointed Servant of the Lord who would bring “the year of the Lord’s favor.” We find this incident in Luke 4:14-30, the Sunday School lesson for January 3. Can 2021 be an “a year of the Lord’s favor”? Here is a podcast explanation of this passage:

Luke 4:14-30. “The Year of the Lord’s Favor.”

“Called to Prepare the Way.” Matthew 3:1-12. Sunday School, December 27, 2020

“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven has come near.” With these words John the Baptist prepares the way for the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. What does it mean to “repent”? How was the “Kingdom of Heaven” coming “near’? What is the baptism with the Holy Spirit? For answers to these questions, check out the podcast below:

Prepare the Way. Mathew 3:1-12

“The King of the Jews.” Matthew 2:1-18. Sunday School, December 20, 2020.

What did it mean for the Magi or Wise Men that Jesus was “King of the Jews”? What did it mean to Herod? What does it mean for the world, and for us? Why not check out the explanation of Matthew 2:1-18 in the podcast below?

“Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star at its rising and have come to worship Him.”