Category Archives: Devotional

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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Spiritual Gifts: The Basics

an exposition of 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 Re-Introduction to the epistle of 1 Corinthians It’s the Epiphany season, and that means we’re back to Saint Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians.  For the past two years we’ve followed this monumental letter … Continue reading

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St. John of Damascus

One of the significant challenges that Christianity faced in the later centuries of the Early Church was the rise of Islam.  Following Muhammad’s death in 632, his successors built an empire from Medina and Mecca that overshadowed the Middle East … Continue reading

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The Bible is Self-Reflective

this is part sixteen of the series “The Bible Is“ One of the greatest features of the Bible is that it is the literary equivalent of being self-aware.  Taking things a step beyond the reality that the Bible was written … Continue reading

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Musical Notes: Harvest Home

One of the great Thanksgiving hymns is Come, ye thankful people, come, or alternatively known by a phrase it uses several times, Harvest Home.  The genius of this hymn’s lyrics is the multiple layers of meaning that are all appropriate … Continue reading

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St. Clement of Rome

One of the tough questions to ask about the Saints and Church History is who are the “most important” people to know about.  It is perhaps obvious that the “most important” figures in the history of Christianity are those who … Continue reading

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St. Aelfric

One of the challenges of studying history is the varied levels of documentation that survives today.  Major events are better-documented than minor events.  Leaders and famous men and women are better attested than ordinary folk in the annals of history.  … Continue reading

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