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Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us!

Easter Sunday, Year A Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth. (1 Cor. 5:7-8) – Amen. Last Sunday I spoke of our expectations and the expectations of those who witnessed Jesus in the flesh. Most Jews of Jesus’ time were eagerly awaiting for a messiah, for the […]

Lenten Devotional: No turning back.

Ruth 1.15 So [Naomi] said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said,“Do not press me to leave youor to turn back from following you!Where you go, I will go;Where you lodge, I will lodge;your people shall be my people,and your God my God.17 Where you die, I will die—there will I be buried.May the LORD do thus and so to me,and […]

Minimalists should not create their own histories.

[This became long. I really hope you will read it all, but if you are short on time, skip to the last two paragraphs. Ta.] Dr. Claude Mariottini has a long post with a non-review of Mario Liverani’s Israel’s History and the History of Israel. (For those not following along, I say “non-review” since as part of Biblical Studies Writing Month Dr. Mariottini has written a thorough review to be published elsewhere.) In that post […]

Our Wilderness Moments

So this is the sermon. I also have an audio of it, which is much more expansive, but I have not pulled it off the recorder yet. Please feel free to offer comments! Patronal Festival for St. Andrew’s, State College Genesis 28: 10-17 Romans 10: 8b-18 Matthew 4: 18-22 Jacob at the turning point. When I preached two weeks ago I said that the primary theme of the Bible is the two-fold pattern of God’s […]

Rebekah Sends Jacob Away

Characters of God: Rebekah & Jacob

What follows is a subsequent chapter of the work-in-progress I shared last week, Characters of God. (You can read the premise of the work and the first chapter here.) These chapters originated as meditations for a men’s and later a women’s silent retreat. The meditations originally focused upon male or female characters according to the audience. The following chapter focused upon two figures, male and female, mother and son. The responses from the women’s retreat […]

The Five Scrolls in the RCL and BCP

Or not… I am working on a book proposal for an Anglican publisher that will offer a study of the Megillot, or “Five Scrolls.” This canonical division is, as most of you know, Jewish not Christian, but there are good reason, IMHO, for dealing with them together. So in writing my proposal it occurred to me to check and see how often these texts are read in either the Book of Common Prayer’s lectionary or […]

Gen 3:6 – Oh yeah. He was there.

On Friday we began a discussion of Gen. 3:6 and whether or Eve’s husband was “with her” when she gave him the fruit. This morning I have access to my commentaries and can give a quick run down on their thoughts on the relevant passage, including their lack of comments on the phrase וַתִּתֵּ֧ן גַּם־לְאִישָׁ֛הּ עִמָּ֖הּ Exegetical Issue This all began because I was suggesting that the text implied that Adam was there with Eve […]