Author Archives: Fr. Brench

About Fr. Brench

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

Sowing the Seeds of God’s Word

This morning’s homily drew upon Isaiah 55, Matthew 13:1-9, and 2 Edras 9:28-37 & 8:41.  It was a windy morning outside, so there was a bit of distraction during the actual preaching! As the rain and the snow come down … Continue reading

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Ruth’s non-sexual encounter

In what may be considered the high point of the book of Ruth, chapter 3, we find this curious moment in verses 7 through 9: And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to … Continue reading

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The Struggle of Sanctification

The readings were 7:21-8:6 and Matthew 11:25-30, with Psalm 145:1-13. a homily on Romans 7:21-8:6 by the Rev. Matthew E. Brench, 5 July 2020 Introduction A few months ago I outlined an idea for a preaching plan through the year … Continue reading

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The Sect or Way of Christianity

In Acts 24:5, where St. Paul is on trial, he is accused of being a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.  That part of his charge, Paul concedes.  But this I admit to you, that according to the Way, which … Continue reading

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Saints Peter & Paul wrote Scripture

One of the big arguments among New Testament scholars, dividing particularly-progressive modernists from the more orthodox sorts, is the claim that the Apostles did not see themselves as writing Scripture on par with the Old Testament.  Rather, some argue, it … Continue reading

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St. Irenaeus Against Heresies

Today I experimented with video-recording my church’s worship service and putting it online.  There’s a lot of competing background noise – mostly from birds – but the quality is remarkable for what it is. The Scripture readings are Isaiah 2:10-17 … Continue reading

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Celebrating the life & death of St. John the Baptist

Today, June 24th, is the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.  This is one of the major holy days in the Prayer Book’s calendar – that kind that we could celebrate even on a Sunday if it … Continue reading

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Variations on a Theme in Psalm 107

At 43 verses, Psalm 107 is one of the longer psalms to get through in our collection.  It occupies its own slot among the Psalms Appointed in the Anglican tradition of daily prayer – it alone is the psalmody for … Continue reading

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Faith’s False Friends, in Acts 16

In this evening’s lesson from Acts 16, we get this story. 16 As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul … Continue reading

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What Kind of Anglican am I?

One of the curious self-reflection questions that has gotten me honestly puzzled over the past couple years is the question of my “churchmanship.”  You can read a longer explanation of the concept here if you like, but in brief, churchmanship within … Continue reading

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