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Lest We Forget (Remembrance Day)

INTRODUCTION Veterans Day, known in several other countries as Remembrance Day, previously named Armistice Day: as we have heard, this was originally a day set aside to celebrate the end of the War to End All Wars.  As further wars … Continue reading

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King Aelfred the Great

Many famous leaders, both of nations and within the church, have received epithets next to their names over the centuries.  Pope Gregory the Great, Czar Ivan the Terrible, St. John Chrysostom (the golden-mouthed), Vlad the Impaler, Charlemagne (Carolus magnus, or … Continue reading

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How is civil life to be run – Summarizing Articles 37-39

For the most part, the final three Articles dealing with the relationship between Church and State contain a political theology that is familiar to the American reader today.  Promises and solemn oaths are permitted, the ownership of property is upheld … Continue reading

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Article 38: Private Possessions

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 38 states: XXXVIII. Of Christian men’s Goods, which are not common The Riches and Goods of Christians are not common, as touching the right, title, and … Continue reading

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Article 37: Civil Authority

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 37 states: XXXVII. Of the Civil Magistrates The King’s Majesty hath the chief power in this Realm of England, and other his Dominions, unto whom the … Continue reading

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Psalm 56 on Veterans Day

In the standard cycle of Psalms for every morning and evening of the month, the 11th day’s morning begins with Psalm 56.  Although this cycle of Psalm-praying was established centuries before the Great War, let alone the institution of Remembrance … Continue reading

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Give Unto Caesar

This is my homily for 22 October 2017, on Isaiah 45:1-7 & Matthew 22:15-22. Today we’ve got a fun couple of Scripture readings to deal with.  The main one we’re going to address is the Gospel reading, containing Jesus’ famous teaching … Continue reading

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Patriotism and the Church’s Agenda

A thorny question that always pops up this time of year (and seems to get thornier with each passing year) is how and to what extent the churches should acknowledge Independence Day here in the USA.  A lot of Christians … Continue reading

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Are we there yet?

“Are we there yet?”  Between the goings-on of the season, and all the snow we’ve already gotten, you might be feeling that way too.  Isn’t it Christmas already?  How can it still be a week away?  Well, fun fact, this … Continue reading

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King Ahasuerus: to fear or not to fear

This is my sermon on the prologue of the book of Esther (1:1-2:4). Ah, the book of Esther… those who grew up going to Christian Sunday School classes are probably already familiar with the basic story.  But, unlike a lot … Continue reading

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