Category Archives: Biblical

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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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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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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While they were worshiping and fasting in Acts 13

The 13th chapter of the book of the Acts of the Apostles starts us off with a familiar scenario and pattern. Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, … Continue reading

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A Light of Hope in Psalms 42 & 43

This is my first-ever guest post!  It was written by a once-and-hopefully-future Ministry Intern at an Anglican cathedral in Malaysia, Ms. Chaiphakdi. Among the appointed psalms for the Evening Prayer of the 8th day of the month are Psalms 42 … Continue reading

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Instant Judgment in Acts 5

This evening, May 27th, the daily lectionary brings us to Acts 4:32-5:11.  The end of chapter 4 introduces us to Saint Barnabas, who goes on to be a major figure through the middle of this book, introducing Saint Paul to the … Continue reading

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I have more understanding than the aged

On the 25th day of the month, at Evening Prayer, the Anglican Prayer Book tradition leads us through the middle of Psalm 119.  The end of this evening’s portion of the psalm includes verses 97-104. Lord, what love I have … Continue reading

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Let another take his office

It may be strange, but my favorite story in the book of Acts is the latter half of chapter 1, wherein the eleven apostles meet, discern who is to replace Judas as the twelfth apostle, and ordain him.  When I … Continue reading

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