Tag Archives: soteriology

Ruth’s non-sexual encounter

In what may be considered the high point of the book of Ruth, chapter 3, we find this curious moment in verses 7 through 9: And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to … Continue reading

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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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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

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If you have been raised with Christ

This is my Easter Day sermon, 12 April 2020.  You might first want to check back on my Holy Week reflections leading up to this moment: Palm Sunday: “The Suffering Servant Foretold“ Wednesday: “Judas: What was he thinking?“ Maundy Thursday: … Continue reading

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Strive to Enter God’s Rest

The Epistle to the Hebrews, of anonymous authorship, is my favorite book in the New Testament.  I know that St. Paul’s letters are very popular, as are the four Gospels, and that a lot of people find Hebrews kind of strange, but … 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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Annunciations – to Mary and to the world

In our new prayer book, Luke 1:26-38 is the New Testament reading at Morning Prayer on March 25, as well as the Gospel lesson for the Communion service on this holy day – The Annunciation to Mary.  It may be … 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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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

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