Archive for November, 2011

Saturday of the 20th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 6:12-21

Share1 Timothy 6:12-21 One final time, St. Paul is stirred up to remind Timothy of the most important things he has just told him.  It is like the final resolution in an extended symphony because Paul skillfully draws together the themes he has recorded for Timothy in the preceding 5 chapters. There is one meta-theme […]

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Friday of the 20th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 6:1-11

Share1 Timothy 6:1-11 We live in a bipolar country that has on the one hand unparalleled worldly success, measured by physical comfort and luxury, and on the other hand has unparalleled unhappiness.  You could almost say that the U.S.has been a grand experiment in finding happiness in worldly things.  That experiment is a manifest failure. […]

November 10, 2011 | 0 Comments More

The Normative Definition of Anglicanism

ShareThe Normative Definition of Anglicanism One of the things I discovered in spending several years trying to define Anglicanism for my Ph.D. was that most definitions of Anglicanism, and for any religious identity, are far too simplistic.  In reality, religious identities are often bewilderingly complex.  While many Anglicans have some sense of what they mean […]

November 9, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of the 20th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 5:17-25

Share1 Timothy 5:17-25 St. Paul’s topic today is a very important one in the life of the church: the treatment of pastors or elders (presbyters or priests.)  Throughout 1 Timothy, Paul has dealt extensively with the office of elder because he is writing to Timothy on how to govern a church. I wish there were […]

November 9, 2011 | 2 Comments More

Wednesday of the 20th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 5:1-16

Share1 Timothy 5:1-16 Today, St. Paul teaches us about a little known “office” in the early church: that of widow.  Paul’s extended commandments concerning widows are astonishing in two ways.  The first thing that astonishes me is how seriously the early church took its vocation to provide for widows (see also James1:27.)  The second is […]

November 8, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of the 20th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 4:6-16

Share1 Timothy 4:6-16 St. Paul speaks once again of the need for St. Timothy to be a faithful minister of Jesus Christ.  In particular, Paul is concerned that Timothy, who acted as an early bishop over churches, instruct the brethren.  Those who Timothy teaches are to be nourished by him in the words of faith […]

November 7, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Monday of the 20th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 3:14-4:5

Share1 Timothy 3:14-4:5 In I Timothy 3:14-4:5, St. Paul teaches what is called a sacramental worldview.  According to the Book of Common Prayer, a sacrament is “an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace given unto us.”  There are two dominical Sacraments, those Jesus Christ Himself specifically ordained: Baptism and Holy Communion.  […]

November 6, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of the 19th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 3:1-13

Share1 Timothy 3:1-13 St. Paul continues in chapter 3 with his teaching on authority in the church, only this time he is addressing bishops and deacons in particular.  Like so much of Scripture, if we really believed what God has commanded us, I wonder how it might revolutionize our lives and our churches. As we […]

November 3, 2011 | 1 Comment More

Friday of the 19th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 2

Share1 Timothy 2 We come today to a difficult teaching of St. Paul: his teaching on women in the church. So what does Paul teach?  First, that a woman should learn in silence with all submission.  Second, he does not permit a woman to teach or have authority over a man, but to be in […]

November 3, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of the 19th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 1:12-20

Share1 Timothy 1:12-20 Today’s lesson is really very simple.  Though St. Paul has much more to say, and though understanding more perfectly what he does say today will take time, in essence his teaching is a simple but life-changing one. It is this: First, that “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, […]

November 2, 2011 | 0 Comments More