Christian Patience and the “Letter to Diognetus”

“… what the soul is in the body, that is what Christians are in the world.” In his book, The Patient Ferment of the Early Church, Alan Kreider examines the life of the Church prior to its receiving protection from the Roman Empire. Specifically focusing on the first three centuries he draws out important markers of the church…

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Scripture and Prayer for July 28

“Happy are people who are hopeless, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.” – Common English Bible Psalm 15 • Micah 6:1-8 • I Corinthians 1:18-31 • Matthew 5:1-12 Rowan Williams claims that the Kingdom of God first begins to be visible in Matthew 4:8-11, when Jesus says, “Go away, Satan, because it is written…

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Scripture and Prayer for January 21st

“The people living in darkness have seen a great light…” – Isaiah 9:2 Psalm 27:1-9 • Isaiah 9:1-4 • I Corinthians 10:10-18 • Matthew 4:12-23 The time after the Epiphany and before the Lenten Season is a good time to explore the life and teaching of Jesus. In the Epiphany, he is manifested as Lord over…

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January 14, 2017

“They will make war with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer” – Revelation 17:14 Psalm 40:1-11 • Isaiah 49:1-7 • I Corinthians 1:1-9 • John 1:29-42 A conquering lamb? It is just like God to bring victory through a symbol of sacrifice, to make all things new with things that are soiled, to redeem his…

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Epiphany 2017 ~ 20+C+M+B+17

“Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. ” – John 2:11 Psalm 72:1-14 • Isaiah 60:1-6 • Ephesians 3:1-12 • Matthew 2:1-12 Epiphany gets lost in the shuffle of Christmas, New Years, our return to work, and the beginning of…

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Christmas Week 2016

Remember, Christmas is not just a day; it is a season! Psalm 8 • Numbers 6:22-27 • Galatians 4:4-7 • Hebrews 2:10-18 • Luke 2:15-21 • Matthew 2:12-23 • Revelation 21:1-6 Christmas is not over! Celebrating the incarnation of Jesus the Christ has just begun. We will need all of 2017 to make sense of it;…

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T – 3 Days to Nativity (Christmas Eve)

“The people living in darkness have seen a great light” Isaiah 9:2-7 • Titus 2:11-14 • Luke 2:1-20 Advent concludes with the Christmas Eve service. Christians often gather at a midnight service in order to observe, at the earliest possible moment, the nativity of Jesus of Nazareth. While we may not be sure of the…

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Stealing for Advent

This is a guest post from Josh Wigdahl. It is an excellent reflection on Advent.  And so, in the season of advent, with the spirit of longing, expectation, and hoped-for-fulfillment guiding our hearts, I offer you this, my second post to this blog. May it fulfill all of your hopes. There are two things I…

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