Archive for November, 2011

Tuesday of the Sunday Next Before Advent – 2 Peter 1:12-21

Share2 Peter 1:12-21 2 Peter 1:18-21 is perhaps the most important Scripture in Scripture about Scripture.  In it, St. Peter tells us the value of Scripture, the origin of Scripture, and the way to guard Scripture. What we do together every morning in Daily Bread is utterly dependent upon what we believe about the Word […]

November 21, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Monday of the Sunday Next Before Advent – 2 Peter 1:1-11

Share2 Peter 1:1-11 Is it just me – or does St. Peter in this passage deal with the same theme we just saw in Colossians – that God is absolutely sovereign and man is accountable before Him?  Isn’t this another variation on the theme of God’s grace in our lives and the necessity of good […]

November 21, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity – 2 Timothy 4:9-22

Share2 Timothy 4:9-22 Because of the extraordinary ministry and character of St. Paul, it is possible at times to get the impression that Paul was in the ministry alone.  But when you read passages like 2 Timothy 4:9ff, you realize how many co-laborers in the faith Paul really had.  Of these, Timothy himself was probably […]

November 18, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Friday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity – 2 Timothy 4:1-8

Share2 Timothy 4:1-8 Something about me rebels against the phrase “We’re all winners here” when used in the middle of an athletic competition where there are obviously losers.  Maybe it comes from my years of watching the Chicago Cubs, but in a lot of human endeavors it sure doesn’t seem to me as if we […]

November 17, 2011 | 0 Comments More

The Structural Definition of Anglicanism

ShareThe Structural Definition of Anglicanism I began my last blog with the idea that in order to define adequately religious identities, it’s best to use complex and even multiple definitions.  Last time I offered a normative definition of Anglicanism, a kind of definition which is especially helpful in defining religious identities more specifically.  However, normative […]

November 16, 2011 | 5 Comments More

Thursday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity – 2 Timothy 3

Share2 Timothy 3 If you are reading these Give Us This meditations, then you probably already know the supreme importance of the Holy Scriptures.  For many of us, it is something so deeply ingrained in us that it is as taken for granted as food or air. If you have been reading St. Paul’s two […]

November 16, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity – 2 Timothy 2:14-26

Share2 Timothy 2:14-26 For years, I spent my life as a Christian focusing on some of the most obvious sins in my own life.  It’s true, that the sin in our lives should be a daily focus, for without acknowledging our sins there can be no confession of sins or repentance, and without these, no […]

November 15, 2011 | 2 Comments More

Tuesday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity 2 – Timothy 1:15-2:13

ShareTimothy 1:15-2:13 A lot of people dressed up last week for Halloween as a variety of monsters and other diverse personae.  Many of us have secret fantasies about who we would really like to be, fantasies about archetypal roles such as heroes, athletes, actors, artists, warriors, kings, scientists, doctors, or entrepreneurs. What St. Paul is […]

November 14, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Monday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity – 2 Timothy 1:1-14

Share2 Timothy 1:1-14 I want to discuss predestination and free will this morning. There – that ought to wake some of us up! All throughout St. Paul’s incredible opening to his second letter to Timothy he asserts, side by side, two fundamental truths of life in Christ.  First, your salvation, your faith, and your good […]

November 13, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow

ShareSome Good Ideas Mixed with Careless Claims and Not So Good Ideas Many Christians have recognized that the Church today seems to have a problem with men not coming to church. As a priest concerned about this trend, I decided to read David Murrow’s “Why Men Hate Going to Church.” While I found a lot […]

November 12, 2011 | 0 Comments More