Here is week 1 of a new series I’m doing here at Christ Church. I’m attempting to do a bit of teaching along with some cultural analysis each week–still working on the format, but as I said in the class, this is a devotional activity for me as much as anything; enjoy!Continue reading “Faith, Hope, and Love in an anxious Age: how the Bible (still) speaks today.”
A sermon for the feast day of the Epiphany, 2019
At our midweek service we celebrated the feast day of the Holy Name of Jesus. It was an opportunity to reflect a bit on the trinity, soteriology, and arianism–you know, just what everyone comes to a midweek communion service for:) I do hope, however, that it was edifying for those in attendance and that you might be similarly encouraged early on in 2019!
I was given the opportunity to preach this midweek feast back in 2011 at Christ Church, Vienna and for some reason never posted it. It was one of my earliest sermons there and I was thankful for the opportunity to reflect on an observance about which I knew very litte. Since then, this day has always been one of the most touching for me in my personal reflections because of how it speaks to the enduring hope we have in the face of some of the deepest pain known to humanity, namely, the loss of a child.
The collect appointed for today:
We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by King Herod. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Here is the second installment of my foray into the Rector’s Forum here at Christ Church. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to be introduced to the church here in this way–Lord have mercy on us all! ha.
I have the joy and privilege of commandeering the Rector’s forum here at Christ Church this week and next, so here you have another audacious title for one more look at contemporary culture and the intersection of what Barth would say as the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. Enjoy!