Author Archives: Fr. Brench

About Fr. Brench

I'm a Priest in the Anglican Diocese in New England interested in spiritual formation, theology, and the growth of God's Kingdom.

Christians and/or Hypocrites?

These are extracts from my sermon today on the Parable of the Wheat & the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30, 34-43). Introduction I’m sure you’ve all heard this before: “I don’t like church because of all the hypocrites there.” Story: A woman tells … Continue reading

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What has God done for us? – summarizing Articles 15-18

In a culture that insists on highlighting the freedom and capability of humanity (be it the individual, the race as a whole, or a bit of both), an emphasis on the doctrine of salvation through Christ alone becomes all the … Continue reading

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What is the human condition? – summarizing Articles 9-14

These six Articles of faith set out the basic groundwork for a biblical theology of salvation.  Before getting to the question of what Christ has done for us, it first must be established what need there is for salvation, and … Continue reading

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Nurture the Seeded Word within You

This is an exposition of Matthew 13:1-9,18-23, my sermon today. The heart of Matthew’s Gospel Now that we’ve reached chapter 13, we are now in the heart of St. Matthew’s Gospel book.  Each of the four gospels are different, with their … Continue reading

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Article 24: Native Language

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 24 states: XXIV. Of speaking in the Congregation in such a tongue as the people understandeth It is a thing plainly repugnant to the Word of … Continue reading

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Patriotism and the Church’s Agenda

A thorny question that always pops up this time of year (and seems to get thornier with each passing year) is how and to what extent the churches should acknowledge Independence Day here in the USA.  A lot of Christians … Continue reading

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Article 23: Valid Ministers

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 23 states: XXIII. Of Ministering in the Congregation It is not lawful for any man to take upon him the office of publick preaching, or ministering … Continue reading

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