Category Archives: Devotional

In the beginnings

One of the coolest things about the Bible’s text is that the first book literally starts “In the beginning…”  I mean, of all the things it could start with, it just makes perfect sense that it would start with the … Continue reading

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Jesus is the Answer

Christmas Sunday Homily, 2019 Jesus is the answer. When Solomon prayed for Wisdom, and when we follow his example (as in Wisdom 9:1-7), Jesus is the answer.  “O come thou wisdom from on high, and ordrest all things mightily….  Rejoice, … Continue reading

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Eternal Life: Rightly understanding the scriptures

a sermon from Luke 20:27-38 The Set-up Can God make a rock so heavy that even he can’t move it? – oh what a clever question.  It’s the perfect logical trap: if you say yes, then you admit God is … Continue reading

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The Gospel of All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day is one of the seven principle feasts of the church year, according to our prayer book’s interpretation of the liturgical calendar.  Those seven principle feasts are, in calendar order, Christmas, the Epiphany, Easter, the Ascension, the Day … Continue reading

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And his hand is stretched out still

As we read through chapters 9 and 10 of the book of Isaiah, a repeated refrain stands out several times: For all this his anger has not turned away, and his hand is stretched out still. Stretching from 9:8 through … Continue reading

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The Maccabean Famine

Originally posted on The Saint Aelfric Customary:
In Evening Prayer we’re walking through some brief highlights of 1 & 2 Maccabees this week, and I thought that since so many Anglicans today have minimal experience with these books, it would…

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How not to use music in church

Originally posted on The Saint Aelfric Customary:
Don’t worry, this is not going to be a style-bashing article.  Although we have looked almost exclusively at traditional hymnody on this blog, I have always maintained that there is a place for…

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