Category Archives: Biblical

The Sending of the Seventy: a specific example of a broad mission

This was my homily on Luke 10:1-20 at Grace Anglican Church on 7 July 2019. The sending of the seventy, or seventy-two (depending upon which New Testament manuscript tradition you go with), is one of the classic stories in the … Continue reading

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Fellowship & Joy

The book of the Bible known as 1 John is normally described as the 1st Epistle of St. John, but it actually reads much more like an address or a sermon than an actual letter.  The prologue, in particular, contributes … Continue reading

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Eternal Safety in Christ our Good Shepherd

an exposition of Revelation 7:9-17 by the Rev. Matthew Brench at Grace Anglican Church upon 12 May 2019 (Easter IV) Introduction Today is nicknamed ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’.  Traditionally the second Sunday after Easter and in modern calendars moved down a … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Ecclesiastical Books

The Apocrypha, or Deuterocanon, also known as the Ecclesiastical Books, is a selection of books that are omitted from modern Protestant Bibles, and the source of a great deal of confusion and contention when Christians of different stripes compare notes. … Continue reading

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From the Altar to the Foot Basin

A Maundy Thursday homily, on Luke 22:14-30 One of the classic challenges of having four Gospel books is the fact that they don’t always have their chronology lined up with each other.  How did Jesus identify his traitor during the Last … Continue reading

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Who takes the fall

meditations on Isaiah 52:13-53:12, my homily for Palm Sunday, 2019 Scripture quotes in bold are my own paraphrases, combining four different translations. 13 Behold, my servant will act with wisdom; he will be lifted up and exalted. The Servant of the Lord … Continue reading

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Sacrifice at the Heart of Worship

This is my homily for the first Sunday of Lent, 2019. Step One: the Proposition itself The idea that sacrifice is at the heart of worship is demonstrated all the way back in Genesis 2, in the Garden of Eden.  … Continue reading

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