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The Parable of the Dishonest Manager

Consider this a mini-sermon on todays’ Gospel lesson (Luke 16:1-13). The Parable itself In Luke 13:1-7, the dishonest manager reduces his master’s debts in order to make friends with his master’s debtors.  The master commends the manager for his shrewdness … 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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How long should a worship service be?

Now there’s a contentious question.  The length of a worship service can vary greatly, not only from one tradition to another, but even within a single tradition.  Some Pentecostal churches are known for spending a couple hours in “prayer and … Continue reading

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How to Spot a Wolf: The Call

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” – Matthew 7:15 The purpose of this series is not to tear down and accuse anyone of heresy, but to cut straight to the … Continue reading

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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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