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Exegetical Exercise (Acts 14 8-11, 19-23)

The Uniform Series text for Sunday, December 17 is Acts 14:8-11, 19-23 (so, skipping most of the story where the people of Lystra mistake Barnabas and Paul for Zeus and Hermes, and are “scarcely restrained” from offering sacrifices to them, … Continue reading

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Second Sunday in Advent

I learned a few things this morning. That the word “comfort” originates in the word for “strengthen.” That in the Bible verse “I know the plans I have for you, plans for good and not for evil” (Jeremiah 29:11) which … Continue reading

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Questions for Acts 13 1-12

Here are some questions we might consider in class when we look at Acts 13:1-12, the Uniform Series text for this coming Sunday, and reflect on what it might mean for us: Acts 13:1 names five individual “prophets and teachers” … Continue reading

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Christian Doctrine (17)

Here are my summary notes on Chapter 17 of Christian Doctrine, “Are You a Christian? The Doctrine of Sanctification.” Guthrie starts by quoting Albert Camus, calling on Christians to back up their convictions with action, finishing up with “… if … Continue reading

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Exegetical Notes (Acts 13 1-12)

The Uniform Series (“International Bible Lessons for Christian Teaching”) text for Sunday, December 10 is Acts 13:1-12. In brief, the Holy Spirit sends Barnabas and Saul on a mission trip to Cyprus and points beyond; the first event reported in … Continue reading

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First Sunday in Advent

Yesterday, our pastor explained to our tiny congregation that the First Sunday in Advent is the “Christian New Year” – at least in the sense of it’s being the first Sunday of the new liturgical year. Happy New Year. Every … Continue reading

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

A very short and possibly overly personal reflection on the topic of the Uniform Series text (Genesis 17:1-14) for Sunday, September 10, which was also the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time: It was difficult. It was difficult to do the … Continue reading

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