Trinity IV sermon

Trinity IV. Saint Luke vi, verse 36 - Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. Mercy is a theme in our collect and our gospel today, and also in the gradual and postcommunion prayer.  The collect…

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Exodus introduction: part 3

[This will be my final post on Exodus, since from this point onward the study will be verse-by-verse commentary rather than introduction.] Exodus 1. Introduction: connection to Genesis and preparation for the birth of Moses The initial word of Exodus, the Hebrew particle waw, ‘And’, is dropped in the Revised Standard Version (hereafter RSV), the…

Litany in isiXhosa (South Africa 1954)

ILITANI ILitani imiselwe ukuba isetyenziswe ngeCawa, ngolwesiTatu, ngolwesiHlanu, nangemihla ye-Rogation, nangamanye amaxesha xa sukuba uBishop eyalele; imelwe kukwenziwa ubuncinane ngeCawa enye enyangeni, nangolwesiTatu loTutu, nangolwesiHlanu oluLungileyo. ILitani inokwenziwa ngezindlela zilandelayo: 1.  Ibe sisiKungo esipeleleyo, kunye nesiBongozo. Ibe sisiKungo esipeleleyo, sishiyiwe isiBongozo ngapandle komtandazo oti “Sikubongoza ngolulamo,” kunye nokupendulana okwandulelayo, umTandazo kaKrisostom oNgcwele, noBabalo. Ibe sisiKungo pambi…

Exodus introduction: part 2

The tabernacle itself becomes a theme uniting strands of the Scripture, including Exodus.  The tabernacle and ark of the covenant, established in accordance with God’s commands on Sinai, accompany Moses and the children of Israel during the forty years in Sinai, through the following books and then into the promised land under Joshua.  The vicissitudes…

On salvation through Jesus only

On salvation through Jesus only Acts 4:12 and Article XVIII I have long wondered about the theological influence of the conventional requirement that a doctoral dissertation make an ‘original contribution’ to scholarship.  The requirement for originality implies a bias towards novelty.  Orthodox religious views, in contrast, have a bias against novelty, originality, and innovation.  Traditionally…

Exodus introduction: part 1

Introduction:  the place of Exodus in the Bible Exodus does not stand alone.  The Hebrew Bible or Old Testament is composed of three major divisions:  the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings.  Exodus is the second of the five books which form the division called the Law or the Torah or the Pentateuch (‘five books’). …

Pentecost 2019

June 9, 2019.  Whitsunday.  S. Stephen’s, Athens, GA.  Mass, Confirmation, and Reception of those already confirmed Saint Luke 9, verse 2 – And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. In the…

Ascensiontide

Psalm xlvii, verse 5 - God is gone up with a merry noise, and the LORD with the sound of the trump. Many years ago I was very surprised when visiting the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.  In the Ascension chapel if you look up you will see a pair of plaster feet sticking…

Athanasian Creed in isiXhosa (1954 BCP)

QUICUNQUE VULT IngXelo yoKolo lobuKristu, ekutiwa yingXelo yoKolo kaAthanasius oNgcwele INgoma elandelayo yovunywa okanye itetwa mhlaumbi endaweni yengXelo yoKolo yabaPostile okanye njengomHobe, kumTandazo wakusaSu nokuba ngowangokuHlwa ngeCawa yomTriniti. Kanjalo iyakutetwa okanye ivunywe kumTandazo wakusaSa endaweni yengXelo yoKolo yabaPostile kweziziDlo (ngapandle kwamhla zingeCawa); uAndreya oNgcwele, uTomas oNgcwele, ukuGuquka kukaPaulos oNgcwele, uMatiyas oNgcwele, ukuShunyayezwa, uMarko oNgcwele, uYohane…

What is racism?

Some things that we are able, or believe we are able, to recognize readily are nonetheless not easy to define.  Most people, for example, use the word ‘play’ often and believe that they can recognize play readily, but would have to think hard to produce an adequate definition of play.  I believe ‘racism’ is similar…