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Ruth’s non-sexual encounter

In what may be considered the high point of the book of Ruth, chapter 3, we find this curious moment in verses 7 through 9: And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to … Continue reading

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The Sect or Way of Christianity

In Acts 24:5, where St. Paul is on trial, he is accused of being a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.  That part of his charge, Paul concedes.  But this I admit to you, that according to the Way, which … Continue reading

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Saints Peter & Paul wrote Scripture

One of the big arguments among New Testament scholars, dividing particularly-progressive modernists from the more orthodox sorts, is the claim that the Apostles did not see themselves as writing Scripture on par with the Old Testament.  Rather, some argue, it … Continue reading

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St. Irenaeus Against Heresies

Today I experimented with video-recording my church’s worship service and putting it online.  There’s a lot of competing background noise – mostly from birds – but the quality is remarkable for what it is. The Scripture readings are Isaiah 2:10-17 … 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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Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – Deut. 9:26-29

I put together a little homily on a reading from Deuteronomy! Subject index: * 00:00 Introduction to the text * 01:35 Breaking down the prayer * 05:17 The Communion of Saints * 06:46 The Need for an Intermediary * 10:38 … Continue reading

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Celebrating Hope with Psalm 114

Evening Prayer on the 23rd day of the month sees Psalm 114 leading the Psalms Appointed for that Office.  It’s a short psalm, which is always helpful for those who are new to praying the psalms, and it explores the … Continue reading

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Bible Translation – video introduction

New to the world of Bible translations? Looking for an introduction to the sorts of choices that are out there in the Bible market and what the difference might be between different styles? This is an overview of what’s out … Continue reading

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Will the Real Catholics Please Stand Up?

In common parlance, the word “catholic” is synonymous with the Roman Catholic Church.  There are a number of Lutherans and Anglicans around who refer to themselves as catholic – I’ve been one of those for around ten years now.  Some … 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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