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The 1st Sunday of Advent; Luke 21:25-36

Each year Advent 1 plays a nasty trick on the preacher. Advent, as a season, is rather late to the church year party; it first appeared in the early 7th century. By that time the pattern of the rest of the church year, particularly the long post-Pentecost season, was fixed. The church year ended with […]

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Jesus Christ: Superstar or King?: The Reign of Christ

The feast of Christ the King, or Reign of Christ, is one of the newer observances of the Church year. It came about in the 20th century; early 20th century for Roman Catholics and late 20th century for Anglicans. And yet the concept of Jesus as king, or even of kingship or a monarch in […]

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Looking Behind the Curtain: The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Remembrance Sunday)

A friend of mine, a retired teacher, whom I met during my theological studies, shared the following story this week (which I share with her permission): There was a Little Old Lady at the parish in which I grew up. 364 days a year, she was a housewife and secretary to her husband’s business. But […]

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“Believing in the Church is…: All Saints’ Sunday

Sunday, November 7, 2021 John 11:32-44 Eucharist and Holy Baptism Baptism is a response to God. Well, let me tidy that up a bit: baptism is an act of God. (It’s a sacrament: those things we do in which we believe God is at work through the ‘stuff’ of this world.) Our participation in baptism […]

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Loving God, an Act of the Will, not Feelings: The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, October 31, 2021: Mark 12:38-42 Friday I was sitting and struggling with this passage. It’s so clear and well-known on one level, but that leads me to worry about either stating the obvious, or worse, coming at it out of left field and distorting it. The challenge here for all of us is to […]

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