Category Archive: Reflections

A Reflection on the Daily Office

“Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seal?”   Revelation 5:2 Today is the Feast of All Saints (or ‘All Hallows’ – thus, yesterday evening was ‘All-hallows-eve’). Today we celebrate the reality of God’s victory in Christ by acknowledging the presence of those who have gone before us, who now share that victory …

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A Reflection from the Daily Office

  “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you.” 1 Corinthians 11:23 We come to the heart of Paul’s revelation, and to the heart of the Christian life. We come to the apostle’s sacramental understanding of life within the New Age. It seems foolish to attempt to explicate that theology within …

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A Reflection from the Daily Office

  “O LORD, God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, shine forth!” Psalm 94:1 Numb! How else can I explain my response to the latest atrocity, the latest destructive event, that has been unleashed in our land and within our consciousness. And this latest is the worst! Hurricanes are devastating, sure enough, but we do …

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A Reflection from the Daily Office

  ‘Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?…              Do you not know that we are to judge angels?”                                             1 Corinthians 6: 2,3 Stunning! There is just …

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A Reflection from the Daily Office

“And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.” Matthew 4:23 It is difficult in our democratic times to grasp the reason for the intensity of the excitement people exhibited when Jesus “proclaimed the gospel of the …

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A Reflection from the Daily Office

  “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5 We come to ‘holy ground’ today in our Epistle reading; the text that Michael Gorman describes as “Paul’s Master Story.”  The ‘Story’ describes the Creator’s attitudes and actions towards and within his creation; in other words, God’s ‘history’ within ‘our world.’ …

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A Reflection from the Daily Office

“There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation, There is no health in my bones because of my sin.” Psalm 38:3 The link between ‘sickness’ and ‘sin’ is a confusing and troubling thing. It is true that for most of the ancient world –like David’s comments above—that link was very direct: IF you …

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A Reflection From The Daily Office

  “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3 It is disappointing at times not to know the historical context of many of David’s psalms.  Take Psalm 11, last evening’s set psalm, for example: from the superscription we know that it is a psalm of David handed over to the choirmaster—set …

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A Reflection for the Daily Office Lectionary

“I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.” Psalm 119:176 I have always been fascinated by the Psalmist of the Long Psalm (119). Early in my Christian life I was appalled by his love for God’s law (caught up as I still was in the …

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A Reflection from the Daily Office August 16, 2017

  The Rev. Dr. Brian G. Campbell “Who rises up for me against the wicked? Who stands up for me against evildoers?’ Psalm 94:16 The contrast could not be sharper: At the end of June, Janis and I attended the Anglican Church in North America’s Assembly in Wheaton, Ill., where the reality and beauty of …

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