Monthly Archives: December 2016

Day Twenty-One of An Advent Calendar: The Goodness of Matter, and the Incarnation

Saturday, December 17, 2016     Saturday after the Third Sunday of Advent Isaiah 10.20–27 Jude 17–25 Luke 3.1–9 The text of the readings follows after the comments. One of the reasons I hold to the Christian faith is that it describes … Continue reading

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Day Twenty of An Advent Calendar: From Poly to Mono

Friday, December 16, 2016     Friday after the Third Sunday of Advent Isaiah 10.5–19 2 Peter 2.17–22 Matthew 11.2–15 The text of the readings follows after the comments. Once upon a time the God of Israel was but one God among … Continue reading

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Day Nineteen of An Advent Calendar: “You Brood of Vipers!”

Thursday, December 15, 2016     Thursday after the Third Sunday of Advent Isaiah 9.18—10.4 2 Peter 2.10b–16 Matthew 3.1–12 The text of the readings follows after the comments. There are days when I wish I could talk like John the Baptist. … Continue reading

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Day Eighteen of An Advent Calendar: Love and God’s Feelings

Wednesday, December 14, 2016     Wednesday after the Third Sunday of Advent Isaiah 9.8–17 2 Peter 2.1–10a Mark 1.1–8 The text of the readings follows after the comments. One of the things I wonder about is whether God has emotions. Oh, … Continue reading

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Day Seventeen of An Advent Calendar: The Messiah of the 7th Century BC

Tuesday, December 12, 2016     Tuesday after the Third Sunday of Advent Isaiah 9.1–7 2 Peter 1.12–21 Luke 22.54–69 The text of the readings follows after the comments. The passage for today from Isaiah is well known. The first couple of … Continue reading

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Day Sixteen of An Advent Calendar: Trust and Betrayal

Monday, December 12, 2016     Monday after the Third Sunday of Advent Isaiah 8.16–9.1 2 Peter 1.1–11 Luke 22.39–53 The text of the readings follows after the comments. The past few days’ gospel readings have been from the portion of the … Continue reading

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Day Fifteen of An Advent Calendar: Recycling Prophecy (Again), and Baptism

Sunday, December 11, 2016     The Third Sunday of Advent Isaiah 13.6–13 Hebrews 12.18–29 John 3.22–30 The text of the readings follows after the comments. A new week begins! Week three of Advent! But I warn you, it’s a short one … Continue reading

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Day Fourteen of An Advent Calendar: Walking Contemplation

Saturday, December 10, 2016     Saturday after the Second Sunday of Advent Isaiah 8.1–15 2 Thessalonians 3.6–18 Luke 22.31–38 The text of the readings follows after the comments. Lately I have been doing a lot of walking. Some of it takes … Continue reading

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Day Thirteen of An Advent Calendar: The Hermeneutics of עַלְמָה

Friday, December 9, 2016     Friday after the Second Sunday of Advent Isaiah 7.10–25 2 Thessalonians 2.13—3.5 Luke 22.14–30 The text of the readings follows after the comments. The passage from Isaiah contains a well known verse, namely 7.14. In the … Continue reading

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Day Twelve of An Advent Calendar: The Coming of the Lawless One

Thursday, December 8, 2016     Thursday after the Second Sunday of Advent Isaiah 7.1–9 2 Thessalonians 2.1–12 Luke 22.1–13 The text of the readings follows after the comments. We start Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians today. It may be the … Continue reading

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