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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 Passover’s Greatest Gift: Holy Communion

For the past three years, I believe, I’ve celebrated Maundy Thursday with my congregation.  For reasons of logistics, both in our worship space during that time as well as among our members, it was more feasible to observe that day … Continue reading

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Sacrifice at the Heart of Worship

This is my homily for the first Sunday of Lent, 2019. Step One: the Proposition itself The idea that sacrifice is at the heart of worship is demonstrated all the way back in Genesis 2, in the Garden of Eden.  … Continue reading

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Ransom & Atonement

Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. This is one of the most basic statements of the Christian faith.  But it’s also one of the most complex statements too – there are many ways that the Bible describes Christ’s … Continue reading

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Oblation: a death on purpose

a Good Friday devotion on Hebrews 10:1-25 Amidst the more familiar Bible readings in Holy Week, especially the Triduum (Thursday through Saturday), Good Friday offers us this rather ‘theological’ passage from the Epistle to the Hebrews.  Let’s not let the … Continue reading

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O come let us adore him

O Come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethelehem; Come and adore him, born the King of angels. For weeks we have repeated the Bible’s final prayer: “Even so, come Lord Jesus.”  We … Continue reading

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