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  • The Lectionary Gospel

    John 16:12-15

    Author: Scott Hoezee

    Nowhere in the gospels does Jesus talk as much about the Holy Spirit as here in John 16.  Indeed, as Frederick Dale Bruner notes, the Spirit receives, at best, modest treatment and attention in the Synoptic Gospels. … More...

  • Old Testament Lectionary

    Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

    Author: Stan Mast

    There are better texts for this Trinity Sunday than these words about wisdom in Proverbs.  The New Testament readings from John 16:12-15 and Romans 5:1-5 are much more Trinitarian, since they at least mention Father, Son and… More...

  • The Lectionary Psalms

    Psalm 8

    Author: Scott Hoezee

    The poet of Psalm 8 stared into the night sky and was properly dazzled at what he saw.  But to put it mildly, what he did not see was a lot!  Had this psalmist been able to… More...

  • Lectionary Epistle

    Romans 5:1-5

    Author: Doug Bratt

    Trinity Sunday can be one of the most intimidating days on which to proclaim God’s Word.  It’s not just that while Christians profess that it’s a biblical truth, the Bible never actually uses the term “Trinity.”  It’s… More...

  • En Español

    Hebreos 11.1-12

    Author: Leopoldo Cervantes-Ortiz

    La fe es garantía de las cosas que esperamos y certeza de las realidades que no vemos. Hebreos 11.1, La Palabra (Hispanoamérica) Trasfondo bíblico: las traducciones Es, pues, la fe la certeza de lo que se espera,… More...


Dr. Timothy Brown -- Response by Fr. Gregory Heille, OP


Dr. Timothy Brown -- Response by Fr. Gregory Heille, OP