Tag Archives: sermon

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

Posted in Biblical, Devotional | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Struggle of Sanctification

The readings were 7:21-8:6 and Matthew 11:25-30, with Psalm 145:1-13. a homily on Romans 7:21-8:6 by the Rev. Matthew E. Brench, 5 July 2020 Introduction A few months ago I outlined an idea for a preaching plan through the year … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical, Devotional, Theological | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Devotional, Theological | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Devotional | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Remember and Obey

This is my homily for the 5th Sunday of Eastertide, 10 May 2020… Collect of the Day: Almighty God, whom truly to know is eternal life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical, Devotional | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Biblical, Devotional, Theological | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Rebooting Humanity

a homily for the First Sunday in Lent St. Peter wrote “you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession”. St. Paul wrote that Jesus “himself is our peace, who has made us both [Gentiles … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical, Devotional, Theological | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Free Will, the Bondage of the Will, a Freed Will

This is my homily on Ecclesiasticus (Wisdom of Jesus ben-Sirach) 15:11-20, preached at my church on 16 February 2020. 11 Do not say, “Because of the Lord I left the right way”; for he will not do what he hates. … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical, Theological | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Biblical, Devotional, Theological | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eternal Life: Rightly understanding the scriptures

a sermon from Luke 20:27-38 The Set-up Can God make a rock so heavy that even he can’t move it? – oh what a clever question.  It’s the perfect logical trap: if you say yes, then you admit God is … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical, Devotional, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment