Author Archives: Fr. Brench

About Fr. Brench

I'm an Anglican Priest and a sci-fi geek. Therefore, I write about spiritual formation, theology, biblical studies, and Doctor Who. But I keep those blogs separate so I don't confuse too many people!

Saint Dominic

Saint Dominic is one of the most important Saints of the late medieval era. The medieval era, or “middle ages”, lasted roughly from the 600’s through the 1200’s, followed by “the” Renaissance beginning in the 1300’s.  I write “the” renaissance … Continue reading

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Survey: What’s going on in Holy Communion?

The doctrine of the Eucharist, or Holy Communion, or Lord’s Supper, is a subject of significant debate among various Christian traditions.  Often people tend to over-simplify each others’ (and even their own) views, which inhibits fruitful discussion and the ability … Continue reading

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Aethelwold of Winchester

Some saints and historical figures are more famous than others, and that fame does not always line up with their actual impact on history and the world around them.  One example is Alfred the Great – the only King of … Continue reading

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How long should a worship service be?

Now there’s a contentious question.  The length of a worship service can vary greatly, not only from one tradition to another, but even within a single tradition.  Some Pentecostal churches are known for spending a couple hours in “prayer and … Continue reading

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The Bible is a book of Paul’s Epistles

This is part ten of sixteen in a series, “The Bible Is…“ A brief survey of the New Testament quickly reveals that, by title count, one man authored large chunk of it: 13 of 27 books – nearly half – … Continue reading

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Sacrificial Atonement

It’s one thing to say “Jesus saves.”  It’s another thing to say that “Jesus died for our sins, and rose again.”  These are expressions of the atonement, the act by which Jesus took care of our sin problem and made … Continue reading

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St. Macrina

Saint Macrina the Younger was a member of a very large and saintly family: Her grandmother (known as Macrina the Elder) is remembered as a Saint, and had studied under Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus. Her father was Saint Basil the Elder, … Continue reading

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