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Fasting with Christ

Well, it’s a confusing day for Christians, today, being both Ash Wednesday and St. Valentine’s Day.  Some people might be geared up for a valentine’s day date, but it’s also the beginning of Lent.  The worship service for this day … Continue reading

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Learning from the Liturgy: Ash Wednesday

In our Texts for Common Prayer, the worship service for Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent, this year being tomorrow, February 14th) is described thus: Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent: a time of penitence, … Continue reading

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Learning from the Liturgy: the Pre-Lent Sundays

The three Sundays before Ash Wednesday are sometimes known as “the -gesima Sundays.”  -gesima is a Latin partial word, from Septuagesima and Sexagesima and Quinquagesima and Quadragesima.  These mean 70 days, 60 days, 50 days, and 40 days, respectively, and … Continue reading

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How to Build a Christian Moral Life

The problem with building a Christian moral life is that you cannot just start with the rules.  If you start with the rules you essentially have the same problem as in the Old Testament of having everyone trying to follow … Continue reading

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Back to Basics: The Strength to Go On

a homily on John 4:46-54 It happens every now and then – you’re tired, you’re discouraged, you’re depressed.  You don’t know how things are going to work out.  Circumstances are overwhelming; life’s burdens have become too much to bear.  What … Continue reading

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Esther & the Passive Life of Faith

This was my sermon for Grace Anglican Church on 7 August 2016. The Story So Far About fifty years have passed since the Persian Empire conquered Babylon and the new Persian King, Cyrus, issued a decree that the Jews could … Continue reading

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The Third Great Fast

In Early Christian tradition, there were three big fasts every year. The first was the season of Advent: originally 40 days leading up to the great feast of Christmas.  Today, Advent is shortened to 3-4 weeks, and many people down-play … Continue reading

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