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My Soul doth Magnify the Lord

Every day for Morning and Evening Prayer, there it is, the Magnificat, Mary’s canticle revealing the Annunciation (Lk. 1: 46-55). Sometimes I use the 1928 version from Rite I, just for the beauty of the language. Sometimes I chant it in plainsong. Sometimes I just go...

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Forward Day By Day – October 23, 2017

James led the community of Jewish Christians in Jerusalem and had considerable influence among the Christ followers of the Jewish diaspora. According to Josephus, even the Pharisees admired his piety and dedication to the law. Acts stresses James’ role as a...

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Faithful Servants

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Let Us See God

Matthew 22:15-55   Meryl Streep is a hypocrite. She is probably the biggest hypocrite in Hollywood, maybe the world. Of course, there are lots of hypocrites in Hollywood. Eva Longoria, Leonardo DeCaprio, Morgan Freeman, George Clooney. Oprah Winfrey is a...

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Forward Day By Day – October 22, 2017

Today, you may not be contemplating refusal to pay your taxes on religious grounds, but you might be wondering about how to respond as a Christian to the rhetoric and actions of secular leaders of all political persuasions. Sometimes we are asked to support actions...

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Special Days

Have a good day!” That’s a kind of greeting you hear just about every day from someone. Occasionally I’ll get “Have a great day,” or “Have a blessed day,” or some other variation of the wish that you have a day that has good stuff...

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Forward Day By Day – October 21, 2017

A number of years ago, I loaded my youth group into a van to participate in a protest. We missed Willie Nelson’s performance, and Joan Baez wasn’t coming through the camp for another week. The night before we showed up, someone had plowed down the rows of white...

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Perplexed

The daily office for Friday includes Matthew 11:1-6 most of which is a pretty straight-forward message from Jesus to John about the work Jesus is doing. This is in response to John asking: “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” The part that...

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Forward Day By Day – October 20, 2017

The question John’s disciples pose to Jesus has a special urgency as John languishes in Herod’s prison. “Are you the one? The bringer of judgment and justice into the world?” Jesus responds to them, not with a list of proof texts or an explanation of the...

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Forward Day By Day – October 19, 2017

Nobody likes that guy who goes around saying, “We’re gonna lose. You might as well give up now.” At the siege of Jerusalem, Jeremiah was that guy. So, the prophet who once spoke on behalf of the Lord is thrown into an empty cistern—to sink into the mud and into the...

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Jesus the Messiah

Matthew 10:34-42 Reading today’s lesson, I smile and think to myself that the families of Jesus’ followers didn’t get it at all, that Jesus was the Messiah, the Chosen One, the fulfillment of all the prophesies: God with us.  And so when he talks...

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Forward Day By Day – October 18, 2017

Luke the Evangelist has fundamentally shaped our understanding of Jesus and what it means to be a Christian—the infancy narratives, the songs of Zechariah and Mary, beloved parables, meeting Jesus on the road to Emmaus, and the grand narrative of Acts. Over and over,...

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Internal Mental Health Awareness Day

At college, I was confused by a fellow student who always appeared to be happy. “You always appear to be happy,” I told her, puzzled. “’Rejoice always,’” she bible-quoted back at me. “Joy is a Christian duty.” I chose not to confide in her about my first and recent...

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Forward Day By Day – October 17, 2017

In Matthew’s Gospel, the people of the Jesus Movement are the vanguard of God’s resistance and liberation operation for the entire world that is held in bondage to sin and death. They are sheep sent into the midst of wolves, people of peace sent into a hostile and...

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A Prayer for the Day

O Lord, it’s been a day, already. And I haven’t even gotten out of bed. My mind has been rushing, my thoughts are scattered, my hope is waning. My nights can be restless. My heart can be restless, too. There’s so much to worry about, so much I can’t control, so much...

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