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The Babylonian Captivity of Leviticus

In 586 BC the Babylonian Empire conquered the remnant kingdom of Judah, sacked the city of Jerusalem, razed the Temple of Solomon, and took most of the surviving populace into captivity elsewhere in their empire.  It was a political move: … Continue reading

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Living in Two Worlds

This is my homily for Transfiguration Day (Sunday 6 August 2017). I don’t often fly this flag in church, but I’m a huge science-fiction geek. My generation, growing up, had access to a veritable renaissance of science-fiction television shows… 4 … Continue reading

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What is the Church? – summarizing Articles 19-24

The 19th through 24th Articles, for the most part, set out the basics of the Anglican doctrine of the Church: what it is, what its authorities are, and how it worships and functions.  In many (especially Protestant) churches today, there … 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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4 Questions for a better Bible study

One of the biggest struggles in reading the Bible is understanding what it’s saying, and discerning what to do about it.  For the past half-century, Western culture has fostered very shallow reading habits; sometimes it seems to me that all … Continue reading

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Article 19: the Church

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 19 says: XIX. Of the Church The visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men, in the which the pure Word of God is … Continue reading

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How do we know God?

Summarizing Articles 6-8 Like the first five Articles, these three set Anglican tradition squarely in line with historic Christian teaching.  The appeal to the Creeds and Scriptures as the normative grounds for Christian belief is of catholic (or universal) appeal … Continue reading

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