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Faith’s False Friends, in Acts 16

In this evening’s lesson from Acts 16, we get this story. 16 As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul … Continue reading

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Allegory of the Two Eagles – Ezekiel 17

Here we have yet another colorful vision from the hand of Ezekiel.  No whirling wheels and cherubim this time; the images are much more familiar.  But the message is just as tricky for the casual or new reader to work … Continue reading

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The Unwanted Convert

In Acts chapter 9, we find the famous story (especially popular among evangelicals) of the conversion of Saul, later be known as St. Paul.  Even outside of the historical or even biblical context, it is a very familiar story trope: … 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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Christian Growth Illustrated

The Parable of the Four Soils, such as in Luke 8, is pretty famous.  The sower scatters seeds all over the place, there are four situations that the seeds end up in, and the last one is the healthy fruitful … Continue reading

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Banquet Ettiquette and Pride

an exposition of Luke 14:1,7-14 We’ve got some fun stuff today!  While all four gospel books touch upon many of the same points in the life and teaching of Jesus, and there is a great deal of overlap, there tends … Continue reading

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Christ in Judgment

This is my homily on Luke 12:49-56 for Grace Anglican Church upon 18 August 2019 [Proper 15]. INTRODUCTION We’re living in some rough times for the Church.  Despite massive growth of Pentecostal Christianity across the globe, a huge retinue of false … Continue reading

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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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Overwhelmed on All Saints’ Sunday

Sermon on Ephesians 1 on All Saints’ Sunday Overwhelming. Is that a negative word to you, “overwhelming”?  Do you associate that with the feeling you get when facing a large project or task, or a very full schedule?  We can … Continue reading

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Grasping the Gospel

One of the fun things in studying the Bible that is often difficult to incorporate into regular expository preaching is the bird’s eye view of the Scriptures.  Normally we are focused in on particular verses at a time, looking at … Continue reading

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