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An Academic Discipline

As some of you know, I’ve been working on a PhD dissertation for the past five years. The first couple of years were largely reading and reflecting, what my friend Tamsin Jones Farmer calls “passive cogitation”. The scheme of the … Continue reading

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Lenten Readings: Day 8

Rest/Restless The passage from Hebrews today continues to riff off of the passage in Psalm 95 quoted in the past two days: “As in my anger I swore,“They will not enter my rest.””. The image is of a very anthropomorphic … Continue reading

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Lenten Readings: Day 6

Faithful The theme in the text today is faithfulness. Moses was faithful, Jesus was faithful, and we who follow Jesus are called to be faithful. Hebrews 3.1-11 Therefore, brothers and sisters, holy partners in a heavenly calling, consider that Jesus, … Continue reading

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Lenten Readings: Day 2

Discord In the “epistle” text for the Daily Office Lectionary (see below) today I am brought head to head with discord among God’s people. First, there is substantial modern disagreement about whether this is in fact by Paul. Most New … Continue reading

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Day Twenty-Three of An Advent Calendar: The Peaceable Kingdom

Monday, December 19, 2016     Monday after the Fourth Sunday of Advent Isaiah 11.1–9 Revelation 20.1–10 John 5.30–47 The text of the readings follows after the comments. The reading from Isaiah and the reading from Revelation both deal with the reign … Continue reading

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Day Twenty-One of An Advent Calendar: The Goodness of Matter, and the Incarnation

Saturday, December 17, 2016     Saturday after the Third Sunday of Advent Isaiah 10.20–27 Jude 17–25 Luke 3.1–9 The text of the readings follows after the comments. One of the reasons I hold to the Christian faith is that it describes … Continue reading

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Day Seventeen of An Advent Calendar: The Messiah of the 7th Century BC

Tuesday, December 12, 2016     Tuesday after the Third Sunday of Advent Isaiah 9.1–7 2 Peter 1.12–21 Luke 22.54–69 The text of the readings follows after the comments. The passage for today from Isaiah is well known. The first couple of … Continue reading

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