Monthly Archives: December 2019

Some Reflections on the Political Murder of Innocents

A Sermon Preached on The First Sunday of Christmas at The Anglican Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Kefalas, Crete December 29, 2019 11:00 am The readings (according to the Common Worship lectionary of the Church of England, which diverges … Continue reading

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Joy in the Ruins of Old Jerusalem

Day Twenty-Three of “Through Advent with Isaiah” The first reading on Christmas Day (the third Eucharist of Christmas), from the Hebrew scriptures, is (no surprise) from Isaiah. 7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who … Continue reading

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For Unto Us A Child Is Born

Day Twenty-Three of “Through Advent with Isaiah” Here is the reading from Isaiah that is appointed for the first Eucharist of Christmas, and which will be used in millions of churches on Christmas Eve at the “Midnight Mass”. 1 But … Continue reading

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Who Is The Servant in Isaiah?

Day Twenty-Two of “Through Advent with Isaiah” As discussed in earlier posts, the “servant” of God is a major theme in the Book of Isaiah. Much of the time the servant is identified: Descendants of Jacob and Judah (65:9). The … Continue reading

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A Kingdom Without a King

Day Twenty-One of “Through Advent with Isaiah” One of the most striking things about the transition from First Isaiah to Second Isaiah is the shift in interest in the Davidic monarchy. In First Isaiah the prophet begins in 1.1 and … Continue reading

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Highways in Isaiah and the Gospels

Day Twenty of “Through Advent with Isaiah” As is well known, the synoptic gospels quote Isaiah 40 in reference to John the Baptist. In Isaiah 40 we read: 1 Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly … Continue reading

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The Brain as a Model for Prophecy in Isaiah

Day Nineteen of “Through Advent with Isaiah” I warn you, this is a weird post. Thinking About Brains. Once upon a time, not so long ago, scientists who studied the human brain said that it had a triune nature. By … Continue reading

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Visioning Sunday Responses

December 1, 2019 – The First Sunday of Advent The Anglican Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Kefalas Apokoronas, Crete, Greece Diocese of Europe | Church of England   In place of a sermon time the people present at the … Continue reading

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God’s Story: It’s Always Jesus!

A Sermon Preached On Christ the King: The Sunday Before Advent Sunday, November 24, 2019, 11:00 am also being The Fourth Sunday in a Season of Visioning at the Anglican Church of St Thomas, Kefalas, Crete, Greece. Somewhat expanded and … Continue reading

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The Texts of Isaiah

Day Eighteen of “Through Advent with Isaiah” Although parts of the Book of Isaiah go back as far as the eighth century BCE – 2700 years or so – the oldest complete manuscripts are only about a thousand years old. … Continue reading

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