Scripture & Discernment : Acts 11:1-18 (5 Easter, Year C)

The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey A decade ago, I thought that my future might be in academia, and so I arranged to take a study leave at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom at the start of its Easter Term. One of the books I read closely and ended up citing in the major paper I...
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Two Charcoal Fires: 3 Easter, Year C (RCL)

The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey 10 April 2016 John 21:1-19   First, a lesson in Greek grammar. I try to avoid showing off my linguistic skills, but John is such a lover of words that sometimes it’s necessary for me to strut my stuff from the pulpit. So bear with me. Many of you...
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Low Sunday Yr. C – Quasimodo Sunday

Easter 1 – Low Sunday 2016 Deacon Buck Close I learned something interesting recently. In addition to being called Low Sunday, this Sunday is sometimes referred to as Quasimodo Sunday. No, I am not kidding. To quote that eminent church scholar Wikipedia, The name Quasimodo came...
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The Crucifixion through John’s Eyes

The Rev’d. N.J.A. Humphrey Good Friday, Year C 25 March 2016 John 18:1-19:42   Last evening I reflected on John as the disciple who understands what it means to abide in Jesus’ love, and it is because he alone of all the disciples knows what it means to love and be loved by...
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The Last Supper through John’s Eyes

The Rev’d. N.J.A. Humphrey Maundy Thursday, Year C 24 March 2016 John 13:1-17, 31b-35   My aim tonight and tomorrow night is to look at the events of Holy Week through the eyes of John, the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” Our gospel texts tonight and tomorrow come from John’s...
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Palm Sunday Yr. C – Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?

Palm Sunday 2016 Year C Deacon Buck Close My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Doesn’t this anguished cry from Jesus give us pause? What do we make of his obvious sense of abandonment? Where is his Father when Jesus really needs him? How can God feel forsaken? As a boy,...
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The Fifth Sunday in Lent: A Sermon by The Rev’d Dr. Michael Tessman

6          They that sow in tears * shall reap in joy. 7          He that now goeth on his way weeping, and beareth forth good seed, * shall doubtless come again with joy, and bring his sheaves with him.   Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus...
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Three Temptations: First Sunday in Lent, Year C

The Rev’d. N.J.A. Humphrey Preached at the Church of St. Michael & St. George, St. Louis, MO 14 February 2016 Luke 4:1-13 [via Genesis 3:6 & I John 2:16]   There are many temptations in this world, but there is a clear tradition within the Scriptures of both the Old...
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Lent 3C – The Fig Tree

3 Lent Year C Deacon Buck Close 28 Feb 2016 A certain man had a fig tree. The fig tree is a frequent visitor to the pages of the Bible. When you go to your Bible browser and put in fig tree, you will reap a large list of references from both Old and New Testaments. Having a fig...
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Lent 1C – Jesus in the Wilderness

1 Lent 2016 Deacon Buck Close Luke 4: 1-13 Jesus, full of the HS, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for 40 days he was tempted by the devil. Today, on this first Sunday of the penitential season of Lent, we hear again the story of Jesus’...
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