Archive for June, 2014

Thursday of Trinity Sunday – Acts 7:54-8:4

ShareActs 7:54-8:4 The Church, as the Body of Christ, is to continue to say and do the things Jesus Christ came to earth to say and do.  St. Stephen was a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ, an example for all Christians, for he followed his Master in all things.  I can’t think of anyone better […]

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Wednesday of Trinity Sunday – Acts 7:35-53

ShareActs 7:35-53 In Acts 7:35-53, St. Stephen hones in on his closing arguments.  While he begins by acting as a defense attorney, by the end of his sermon he is acting as a prosecutor.  It is this shocking reversal that must have caught his audience by surprise and provoked a response.  I’m sure Stephen was […]

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Tuesday of Trinity Sunday – Acts 7:17-34

ShareActs 7:17-34             Moses had a mid-life crisis.  Actually, he had two of them, 40 years apart.  I like the symmetry of Moses’ life, and even though I doubt I’ll live to 120, there are some hidden lessons in Moses’ life. In Moses’ first mid-life crisis, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, […]

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Monday of Trinity Sunday – Acts 7:1-16

ShareActs 7:1-16 When Stephen was accused by the Jews of blasphemous words against the Temple and the Law, how did Stephen defend himself? I’ll tell you what he didn’t do.  He didn’t try to offer scientific proof that Jesus rose from the dead.  He could have done something like that.  He could have begun by […]

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Saturday of Pentecost Sunday (Trinity Eve) – 2 Corinthians 13:5-14

Share2 Corinthians 13:5-14 In St. Paul’s final words of the two letters we have of his to the Corinthian church, Paul speaks of power and weakness in the Kingdom of God, especially as it relates to Christian ministry.  For those who are familiar with St. Paul’s writings, it will come as no surprise (even if […]

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Friday of Pentecost Sunday (Ember Friday) – Acts 6

ShareActs 6 Congratulations!  You’ve just been promoted.  You’ve just been promoted from layman to deacon.  Hoorah! Of course, it doesn’t entail a pay raise, and I should tell you that it does mean extra hours and little gratitude.  You do get to add an extra title to your name: “Deacon,” or in churches that follow […]

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Thursday of Pentecost – Acts 5:12-42

ShareActs 5:12-42 There are 2 voices in your head. There are 2 guys perched on your shoulder, telling you what to do. We’ve all seen them in the movies and the cartoons – but face it: you’ve got those 2 guys on your shoulders as well. But don’t feel bad, so did the apostles of […]

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Wednesday of Pentecost (Ember Wednesday) – Acts 5:1-11

ShareActs 5:1-11 If you’re keeping score at home (that is, following the 1928 Prayer Book lectionary), you’ll notice that I’ve pulled a fast one on you.  I’m reading and meditating on Acts 5:1-11, instead of 5:12-28.  Furthermore, tomorrow, I’ll be doing 5:12-42, and not just verses 29-42. Why?  In reality, it’s the compilers of the […]

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Tuesday of Pentecost (Whit Tuesday) – Acts 4:23-37

ShareActs 4:23-37 Compared to the early church – you’re all a bunch of secularists!  (And so am I.) First, a word about secularization.  I’ve done a lot of reading about the sociology of religion and have begun to now read church history more earnestly.  To my surprise, the Church is always in a mess.  But, […]

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Monday of Pentecost (Whit Monday) – Acts 4:13-22

ShareActs 4:13-22 “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” This is my favorite verse in the Bible.  Yes, yes.  I know that I’ve said in the past that it was Psalm 27:4, I mean Ephesians 2:6, er uh Matthew 16:24.  No, no – I mean 2 Corinthians 4:7 and 2 […]

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