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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

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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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Psalm 8 after the Violence

What is man that you are mindful of him, to the son of man, that you visit him? To be honest, most of the time, this verse from Psalm 8 is a reminder not to think too highly of myself … Continue reading

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Instant Judgment in Acts 5

This evening, May 27th, the daily lectionary brings us to Acts 4:32-5:11.  The end of chapter 4 introduces us to Saint Barnabas, who goes on to be a major figure through the middle of this book, introducing Saint Paul to the … Continue reading

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Judas: What was he thinking?

In the Communion service on Wednesday of Holy Week, the modern calendar gives us a closer look at Judas.  The middle of Matthew 26 (verses 14-25) gives us a couple scenes that deal with this most famous of traitors. When … Continue reading

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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

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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

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Banquet Ettiquette and Pride

an exposition of Luke 14:1,7-14 We’ve got some fun stuff today!  While all four gospel books touch upon many of the same points in the life and teaching of Jesus, and there is a great deal of overlap, there tends … Continue reading

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Christ in Judgment

This is my homily on Luke 12:49-56 for Grace Anglican Church upon 18 August 2019 [Proper 15]. INTRODUCTION We’re living in some rough times for the Church.  Despite massive growth of Pentecostal Christianity across the globe, a huge retinue of false … Continue reading

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Who takes the fall

meditations on Isaiah 52:13-53:12, my homily for Palm Sunday, 2019 Scripture quotes in bold are my own paraphrases, combining four different translations. 13 Behold, my servant will act with wisdom; he will be lifted up and exalted. The Servant of the Lord … Continue reading

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