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Saturday of the 17th Sunday after Trinity – James 1:1-11

ShareJames 1:1-11             Et tu, James?  You, too, along with St. Paul are commanding me to rejoice in my trials? To which St. James replies simply: “Exactly.” I welcome the break from St. Paul’s weighty letters, hoping to catch a breather from his demanding gospel, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ and the apostolic […]

October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Friday of 17th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18

Share2 Thessalonians 3:6-18 I get upset when I hear of those who call themselves Christians and yet insist on their right to disobey God – and I’ll bet you do too.  As an Anglican, in the past few years I’ve heard a lot of self-professed Christians insist that homosexuality is not a sin – in […]

October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of 17th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5

Share2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 I had a long, hard day yesterday.  I wanted to wake up this morning and have somebody pat me on the back and say what a good boy I’ve been.  I wanted someone to fawn all over me. But no-o-o-o! Once again, St. Paul has to go and make it all about […]

September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of the 17th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

Share2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 There are a number of interpretations of what St. Paul is referring to when he speaks of the Day of the Lord, the son of perdition, and other things.  To do justice to presenting my own understanding would detract from the devotional nature of these meditations, and yet it is necessary in […]

September 29, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Tuesday of 17th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Thessalonians 1

Share2 Thessalonians 1 Today, class, we’re going to have a lesson in logic.  (Oops!  I’ve taught school for 25 years, and old habits die hard.) My twin brother Danny over the years has trained himself to think in syllogisms, which is an astounding feat, given the innate messiness and non-linear nature of the human brain.  What […]

September 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Monday of 17th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

Share1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 “Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss” (verse 26.) I’m sorry, but that sounds just plain weird to me.  And it is, at least to my own cultural ears and imagination, rooted in 20th century America. But might such an idea still have significance for us?  Though the cultural differences are […]

September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of the 16th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Share1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 “You are all sons of the light and sons of the day.  We are not of the night nor darkness.” With these simple words, St. Paul encapsulates the boundary between all human time: BC and AD – before Christ and anno Domini (in the year of our Lord.)  One of the fundamental […]

September 23, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Friday of 16th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Share1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 St. Paul, as we have seen in 2 Corinthians, is a firm believer in dealing head on with the hardships of life.  In fact, Paul is the one who, having suffered more than most others, can say that he takes pleasure in his infirmities.  He has a doctrine that accepts suffering as […]

September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of 16th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Share1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 Why is St. Paul so concerned about the “abundant life”?  What is this abundant life of which he speaks?  Some would have you believe that this “abundant life” is the same thing as material prosperity.  If so, I think St. Paul would have been surprised that he wasn’t living a very abundant […]

September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 16 – 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13

Share1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13 There are a lot of myths that we receive in American culture that are not necessarily consistent with the life in Christ revealed in the Bible.  One of these is what I call the Myth of Graduation. We like graduations, and with good reason.  Graduations mark the times when we have graduated […]

September 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More