Paul

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Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?

In Rom. 8:26-39 Paul cites Ps. 44:22 in a curious way. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced […]

Pollyanna Paul? Asking the impossible…again.

Yesterday’s epistle (in the RCL) was Philippians 4:1-9. The preacher at Good Shepherd, Lexington was the Rev. Canon Elise Johnstone. Good Shepherd is beginning a time of transition as their rector, Brian Cole, was called to be the Bishop of Eastern Tennessee. The Canon preached on this passage from Philippians and began her sermon in a curious way, talking about watching movies on the Disney Channel in the 1980s. She said she particularly liked Pollyanna, […]

Unreasonable Expectations: “Be of the same mind”

And it is our Epistle for today, 1 October 2017, Proper 21, Year A.The fuller quote for Phil. 2:1-13 is an excellent reminder that while we are to be “of the same mind” with one another, we are all called to “let the same mind be in [us] that was in Christ Jesus.” Originally posted: Wednesday, 13 September 2017 Morning Prayer Readings: Psalm 119:49-72; 1 Kings 17:1-24; Phil. 2:1-11; Matt. 2:1-12 Philippians 2 begins, 1 If then there is […]

What does it mean, “No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone”?

The epistle for today’s Morning Prayer is 1 Cor. 10:1-13. It retells how the Israelites, “though baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,” and yet still thousands disobeyed and were punished. It then ends with the famous bit: 11 These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come.  12 So if you think you […]

Romans 11:26 – Will all Israel be saved?

This is a vexing passage that has engendered incredible and valuable debate over the millennia. It is perhaps not surprising (?) that today’s Revised Common Lectionary skips this passage. The Epistle today is Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32. How convenient. But Romans 11:26a deserves a thorough treatment. Fortunately, my excellent friend and even better scholar Richard Wright has an excellent short paper summarizing the arguments around this verse. He incorporates all (then) current debate and comes to […]