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End of the month (31 March 2020)

There are two parts to this. The first is that there is a prince of the air, who rejoices when we do what we will, and assuage our desires, neglecting our duty. For in that we do damage. It is not merely pleasure which he rules, but the skepticism and subtle pleasures we know are […]

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Lectionary Wokeness

7 March 2020: Do not fear being despised.

When I was young, I was in the University Track club. I was not fast enough to be coached by John Davies, who was a sub four minute miler and Bronze Medalist. He’s dead: melanoma in his 60s. (Which is why we all started wearing shirts and hats). His coach is quite dead: the other […]

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Lectionary

23 February 2020: The last Sunday before Lent.

The world contines to do what they do. The press is full of this or that scandal, and the best thing to do is ignore them. Today is a day when we should go and give thanks to God and rest. For we are not called to look at metaphors and myths, but the bare […]

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany (Septuagesima)

God bless the papists. Because they still understand their Latin, and can remind us that we are moving from Christmastide to Lent. I’m reformed, and my church does not keep the traditional seasons, but we have a month of prayer and fasting, leading to our expansion offering. The Sundays of Septugesima are named for their […]

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21 Jan 2020

Last night we were talking: for we have a grief for the mainline churches. We grew up in such, and they were good. But they now love the world too much, and seek the approval of the woke. The woke will not be satisfied. I was left thinking about the need to return to the […]

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27 December 19

I would put it to you that there are no good Christians. To be a good Christian you would obey the spirit of God and the word of God completely and without reservation. I struggle with that: my desires and will are at war with God. But this I know: that when I give up […]

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11 December 19

Brevity is wit, silence is golden. One of the great joys is to sit with your spouse in peace and look at the beauty that surrounds you and the beauty graven upon their face. We are to be holy, and then what is holy will be spoken from us: but we are unable to be […]

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29 June 19

39 ‘See now that I, I am He,And there is no god besides Me;It is I who put to death and give life.I have wounded and it is I who heal,And there is no one who can deliver from My hand.40 ‘Indeed, I lift up My hand to heaven,And say, as I live forever,41 If I sharpen My […]

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28 June 19

This scripture needs to be read in context, for otherwise the people Paul is opposing are not clear. “They” were Judiazers, preaching that Christians should obey the Mosaic law and also that they should be circumcised, as the Jews were. Their method was to cast out those from the church or their fellowship who would […]

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21 June 19

The alternative text for today has a truth in it; in times of trouble, when the righteous are despised, God will allow them to die so that their suffering ends and they are at peace with him. 57 The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart;And devout men are taken away, while no […]