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Forward Day By Day – December 8, 2019

Isaiah’s prophecy has birthed at least one great joke: “The wolf and the lamb may lie down together, but the lamb won’t get much sleep.” But when the laughter stops, there’s a painful truth. Left to our own devices, following our own instincts, we can predict where...

Forward Day By Day – December 7, 2019

Centuries after Amos proclaimed those words, Martin Luther King Jr. used them to fuel the Civil Rights Movement, calling America to repent and pursue God’s dream. Every January, we hear these words in recordings of his “I Have a Dream” speech. Amos, through King,...

Forward Day By Day – December 6, 2019

I believe God can do whatever God wants to do, including investing humans with extraordinary gifts. A prophetic word is given so that by following what God has asked us to do or not do, we understand what will logically happen if we do or don’t do as God commands....

Forward Day By Day – December 5, 2019

Maybe you’ve seen or read or heard about the series of novels that depict life before and after the Rapture. This series and other books and media like it capitalize on our shared preoccupation with what is waiting on the other side.The Second Epistle of Peter helps...

Forward Day By Day – December 4, 2019

Oh, the cows of Bashan. Amos’s harsh words are classic in the canon of prophetic proclamation. Advent may be just the season to pause and notice what inspires his ire—and what it says about our own lives. Bashan is dense, rich pasture land east of the Jordan, between...

Forward Day By Day – December 3, 2019

During this time of year, the world enjoys images of a meek and mild baby smiling at his mother. That is not the Jesus we encounter in today’s gospel. What are we to do with this angry young man? To start, we ought to listen to him. Jesus isn’t just angry—he is...

Slow Down and Look Around

by the Rev. Robert Beazley, Rector, St. Michael’s, Mandeville Matthew Broderick, through the prophetic words of Ferris Bueller, taught us that, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Those words came to...

Forward Day By Day – December 2, 2019

Jesus is many things to Christians—Savior and Redeemer, the Son of God, and brother in faith. He is the Light of the World and Root of Jesse. The different names of Jesus go on and on. The one that stands out most in today’s readings may be this: the prophet from...

Forward Day By Day – December 1, 2019

Welcome to Advent, the season of anticipation and hope, the season of the prophets. A prophet (or navi in Hebrew) is the spokesperson of God. Prophets speak a true word from God, wake and shake people to attention, and draw us back to God’s purposes. Advent is the...

Forward Day By Day – November 30, 2019

The violin section is by far the largest cohort in a symphony orchestra, and it’s divided into two subsections: first violins and second violins. A young violinist may have to play “second fiddle” early in her or his career. Often, many career musicians have to accept...

Forward Day By Day – November 29, 2019

When we encounter a grammatical adversative—yet, but, however, nonetheless—we are tempted to discount everything that comes before it, particularly if what follows the adversative seems more appealing.There is a branch of Christian theology known as apologetics—the...

Forward Day By Day – November 28, 2019

In John’s Gospel, there is no account of the institution of the eucharist at the Last Supper. But John’s sixth chapter, the Bread of Life discourse, is no less eucharistic than the institution narratives in the other gospels.Through ordinary elements of ….(View...

Forward Day By Day – November 27, 2019

As a child, I learned about a country called Yugoslavia. Children today learn instead about Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Kosovo. National identities suppressed by centuries of empire building and colonization have...

Forward Day By Day – November 26, 2019

Without denying the abundance of God’s grace or God’s ability to act independently of human will or human behavior, English clergyman Martin Thornton contends that our growth in the life of grace is something we can take responsibility for through persistent, repeated...

Forward Day By Day – November 25, 2019

We often think of salvation in terms of the question, “Will I go to heaven when I die?” The word itself points to health and wholeness. (It’s the same root as the exclamation salud! when offering a toast.) Salvation also has meaning in the present. Notice...

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