Collect for the Epiphany

O GOD, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mercifully grant that we who know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. This collect is assigned to be read…

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‘Youth Ministry’

An Evensong address:  Good Shepherd, Palm Bay, FL.  12 January 2019. In the 2nd century, Christian merchants from the Roman provinces of Asia and Phrygia settled on an island in the Rhone river near a town called Lugdunum, which is now called Lyons in southern France.  The merchants brought with them not only things to…

Civil Obedience and Civil Disobedience: Part 2, The Anglican Tradition

The previous article on civil obedience and disobedience considered the topic in general and stated the Christian argument for obedience to just or neutral commands from the powers-that-be.  The article also stated the obligation to refuse active cooperation and to disobey passively commands to do something clearly unjust or sinful.  On those posts the theological…

Hard to Conceive: Samson

The annunciation type-scene, after its first appearance in Genesis in the stories of Sarah, Leah, and Rachel, does not occur again in the Pentateuch.  Its next appearance is in Judges 13 at the beginning of the Samson stories. Judges 13 is entirely devoted to an annunciation story.  This example of the type is fairly full,…

Hard to Conceive: Sarah, Leah, & Rachel

The stories of Sarah’s difficulties in conception, of the annunciation to Abraham and Sarah, and of the eventual birth of Isaac provide the first appearance in Scripture of the ‘type-scene’ previously outlined.  These stories together are a somewhat unusual instance of the theme in that they are scattered over parts of several chapters of Genesis,…