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While they were worshiping and fasting in Acts 13

The 13th chapter of the book of the Acts of the Apostles starts us off with a familiar scenario and pattern. Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, … 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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Let another take his office

It may be strange, but my favorite story in the book of Acts is the latter half of chapter 1, wherein the eleven apostles meet, discern who is to replace Judas as the twelfth apostle, and ordain him.  When I … Continue reading

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Two Texts on Priesthood

On April 22nd, in the Daily Office Lectionary of the 2019 Prayer Book, we come across two independent texts of sacred scripture that deal with a common theme: the priesthood. I should start this off with the reminder that this … Continue reading

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Jesus the Divine Priest

Back on Holy Saturday we read from the Epistle to the Hebrews in the context of that holy observance.  This week, conveniently, we are reading through Hebrews in its own right.  Yesterday evening we read the same text from Holy … Continue reading

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The Aaronic Blessing

As much of a fan as I am of liturgy, I still sometimes get a bit self-conscious, or worried, about using certain identical forms week by week, with my congregation.  It’s not that I’m getting restless with the lack of … Continue reading

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What is your pastor reading?

In one of those share-on-Facebook list articles about how to encourage your pastor or priest, I came across an interesting suggestion: ask him what he’s been reading lately.  This can be encouraging in a couple different ways. It shows your curiosity about … Continue reading

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Catholic Christianity in a Nutshell

This video post is a sort of combination of two similar blog posts from a while back. Index: 00:00 Introduction 01:28 Definitions of ‘catholic’ 04:08 Jesus at the center of our doctrine 09:23 Jesus at the center of our worship … Continue reading

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“A Protestant Learns About Anglicanism”

Lately I’ve started seeing more and more suggested videos showing up on my YouTube home page from the Ten Minute Bible Hour, hosted by another guy named Matt who likes to learn and share what he learns.  A few of … Continue reading

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Want to deepen your prayer life?

I’ve started a new project, entitled The Saint Aelfric Customary, dedicated to helping individuals and congregations deepen their common life of prayer.  Specifically, I’m putting together brief snippets of advice and insight into the liturgy of the Prayer Book to post … Continue reading

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