Tag Archives: theology

Glimpses of the Gospel in 1 Samuel 14

1 Samuel 14 focuses a lot on the highlight of Saul’s battle with the Philistines which started rather poorly in the previous chapter.  I almost had a guest post lined up today, but it didn’t quite go through.  So today’s … Continue reading

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God’s Mercy in Sovereignty

A homiletical examination of Wisdom 12:12-13,16-19 & Psalm 86 by the Rev. Matthew E. Brench for Grace Anglican Church upon 19 July 2020, Proper 11. Introduction Sometimes we just get so used to a liturgy that we forget why it … Continue reading

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Melting Faces & Golden Tumors

I’m just going to assume you’ve seen Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.  It’s the one where the Nazis are tracking down the Ark of the Covenant so they can harness its power in the 2nd World War, … Continue reading

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The Sect or Way of Christianity

In Acts 24:5, where St. Paul is on trial, he is accused of being a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.  That part of his charge, Paul concedes.  But this I admit to you, that according to the Way, which … Continue reading

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Thankfully Insufficient Wisdom

The beginning of Proverbs 30, this evening’s Old Testament lesson in the Daily Office lectionary of the 2019 Prayer Book, has surprisingly familiar-sounding feel to it. The man declares, I am weary, O God;     I am weary, O God, and … Continue reading

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A Video Series on Scripture & Theology

How do we read the Bible, and where does theology come from?  Here is an introductory survey, piece by piece. Prequel: do exegesis and theology matter? The practicals of how to read the Bible, especially with the wisdom of the … Continue reading

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Jesus is the Answer

Christmas Sunday Homily, 2019 Jesus is the answer. When Solomon prayed for Wisdom, and when we follow his example (as in Wisdom 9:1-7), Jesus is the answer.  “O come thou wisdom from on high, and ordrest all things mightily….  Rejoice, … Continue reading

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Do Exegesis and Theology matter?

It’s a big question for a lot of people – what’s the big deal with exegesis and/or theology? “I don’t care about all that theology stuff, I just believe what the Bible says.” “Don’t listen to doctrines of man, just … Continue reading

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Spiritual Gifts: The Basics

an exposition of 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 Re-Introduction to the epistle of 1 Corinthians It’s the Epiphany season, and that means we’re back to Saint Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians.  For the past two years we’ve followed this monumental letter … Continue reading

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Obedience & Duothelitism

In the third story of Jesus predicting his death and resurrection, and teaching his disciples about humility before exaltation (Mark 10:32-45), he reveals a lot about himself.  He shows us what perfect obedience to the Father looks like.  He makes … Continue reading

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