Tag Archives: prophecy

Sowing the Seeds of God’s Word

This morning’s homily drew upon Isaiah 55, Matthew 13:1-9, and 2 Edras 9:28-37 & 8:41.  It was a windy morning outside, so there was a bit of distraction during the actual preaching! As the rain and the snow come down … 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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Jesus is the Answer

Christmas Sunday Homily, 2019 Jesus is the answer. When Solomon prayed for Wisdom, and when we follow his example (as in Wisdom 9:1-7), Jesus is the answer.  “O come thou wisdom from on high, and ordrest all things mightily….  Rejoice, … Continue reading

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And his hand is stretched out still

As we read through chapters 9 and 10 of the book of Isaiah, a repeated refrain stands out several times: For all this his anger has not turned away, and his hand is stretched out still. Stretching from 9:8 through … 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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Imagery in Zechariah 14

Zechariah is not an easy book for a lot of people to read;  It is one of the most apocalyptic texts in the Old Testament (after Daniel), which really just takes the challenges of prophetic literature and dials them up … Continue reading

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The Bible is Apocalyptic

This is part 13 of 16 in the series “The Bible Is…“ “Apocalypse” is a common term in our culture today, but has taken on a connotation somewhat tangential to its original meaning. The word comes from Greek, apokalypsis, and … Continue reading

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How God Speaks

One of the hallmarks of the 20th century Evangelical movement is biblical infallibility and (albeit with some competing definitions) inerrancy.  It has been a classical Evangelical, and typically Protestant in general, assumption that the Bible is the complete and sufficient Word of … Continue reading

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The Bible is a book of Preaching

This is part ten of sixteen in a series, “The Bible Is…“ The last part of the Hebrew Old Testament consists of nearly twenty books collecting the works of various Prophets from the ancient kingdom of Israel.  Due to their … Continue reading

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Mary Thrice-Blessed

The feast of the Visitation may seem like an odd holiday at first glance.  It commemorates Mary’s visit to her relative, Elizabeth, recorded in Luke 1:39-56.  That passage is also the Gospel reading for the Communion service that day.  What … Continue reading

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