Tag Archives: spiritual discipline

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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Holy Communion as a Spiritual Discipline

This is an abbreviated version of today’s sermon at Grace Anglican Church. This Sunday’s lessons teach about our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ, and the sacrifice that he made as our High Priest. In Hebrews 9 we hear of how … Continue reading

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Welcome to Lent!

This was my sermon for Grace Anglican Church upon Ash Wednesday, 18 February 2015. How shall we explain Lent? The traditional Old Testament reading for Ash Wednesday, Joel 2:12-17, puts it best. It’s as if it’s speaking straight to us … Continue reading

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