The Wisdom of Christ Crucified

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 50 (Morning) Psalm 59,60 (Evening) Genesis 39:1-23 I Corinthians 2:14-3:15 Mark 2:1-12     The Wisdom of Christ Crucified In the epistle lesson for this morning Paul addressed the jealousy and quarrelling between factions within the fledgling congregation he helped start at Corinth.

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The Wisdom of the Fool

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 45 (Morning) Psalm 47,48 (Evening) Gen. 37:12-24 1 Cor. 1:20-31 Mark 1:14-28   The Wisdom of the Fool Part of human nature is the desire to be strong, powerful, and wise. In 1 Corinthians today, our notion of power and wisdom is flipped

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Learning To Be Faithful

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 30, 32 (Morning) Psalm 42, 43 (Evening) Ezek. 39:21-29 Phil. 4:10-20 John 17:20-26   Learning To Be Faithful Jesus’ disciples were his students. He was responsible, in part, for their spiritual formation. He instructed them through parables. He taught them as a living

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Taking Up for Lent

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 95 [for the invitatory] & 31 (Morning) Psalm 35 (Evening) Ezek. 18:1-4,25-32 Phil. 4:1-9 John 17:9-19   Taking Up for Lent When I first learned about Lent, it was from school friends who gave up chocolate for 40 days. That seemed a bit

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Stick to Your Guns

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 37:1-18 (Morning) Psalm 37:19-42 (Evening) Hab. 3:1-10(11-15)16-18 Phil. 3:12-21 John 17:1-8   Stick to Your Guns In this letter from Paul to the Philippians, he lets his Fire-and-Brimstone tendencies come to light. Right off the bat, claiming that all “enemies of the cross

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Starstruck

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 95 [for the invitatory] & 32, 143 (Morning) Psalm 102, 130 (Evening) Amos 5:6-15 Heb. 12:1-14 Luke 18:9-14   Starstruck I attend St. Mary’s University Church on High Street in the center of Oxford. It’s especially resonant historically for Anglican-Episcopalians. Here Thomas Cranmer,

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Absalom Jones

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 26, 28 (Morning) Psalm 36, 39 (Evening) Prov. 30:1-4, 24-33 Phil. 3:1-11 John 18:28-38   Absalom Jones Today we remember Absalom Jones on the 200th anniversary of his death. He was the first African American priest in the Episcopal Church, ordained in 1804,

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Valuing Others Above Ourselves

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 25 (Morning) Psalm 9, 15 (Evening) Prov. 27:1-6, 10-12 Phil. 2:1-13 John 18:15-18, 25-27   Valuing Others Above Ourselves Today’s readings offer us challenging words about our priorities, as well as a cautionary tale to illustrate the point. Out Philippians reading is focused

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