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Psalm 56 on Veterans Day

In the standard cycle of Psalms for every morning and evening of the month, the 11th day’s morning begins with Psalm 56.  Although this cycle of Psalm-praying was established centuries before the Great War, let alone the institution of Remembrance … Continue reading

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Intimacy of the Incarnation

August 15th is a holiday commemorating the Virgin Mary  (or, more specifically in the Roman tradition, her assumption into heaven at the end of her life).  This year, August 15th was also my wife’s due date, but as it turned … 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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The Gospel according to Astronomy

The first day of summer is usually about June 21st.  This is known as the summer solstice; in the Northern hemisphere we get the longest period of daylight and shortest night all year.  The daylight hours had been increasing for … Continue reading

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Suffering for the Sake of Righteousness

This is my sermonon 1 Peter 3:8-18, preached on the 6th Sunday of Eastertide (Rogation Sunday), 21 May 2017. Introduction: Receiving Good & Evil from the Lord “Satan said the Lord, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will … Continue reading

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Learning from the Liturgy: the Easter Vigil

Although Holy Week gets far more attention in popular piety, Easter Week also has a special set of daily services.  For just as the events surrounding Christ’s passion and death require a full week to unpack and explore, so too … Continue reading

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Learning from the Liturgy: Overlapping Holy Days

The Christian calendar is peppered with holy days – special times set aside to celebrate key figures and events and doctrines that are foundational to the Christian faith and community.  Many of these holidays are affixed to certain dates: Christmas … Continue reading

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