Theology

By Jack Sharman | Simul justus et peccator -- Martin Luther

Bible Blog Archive - Cathedral Church of the Advent

We are attracted to dreams and visions. We doubt our perceptions; we are bored; at a minimum, like the gnostics and “conjurers from darker times,” we …

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Finding the End-Times Tense - Daniel, L. Ron Hubbard and Me - Cathedral Church of the Advent

Daniel sets out the dire straits awaiting Israel: Kings, princes and powers rise and fall. Earthly battles reflect a heavenly struggle …

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Murders of Crows, Sons of Anarchy and Angels of God - Cathedral Church of the Advent

In our readings for today, the author of the letter to the Hebrews describes a new cosmic hierarchy and explains how that new hierarchy fits into a …

Sons of Anarchy

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Two Rooms and the Lost Peace of Matlock - Cathedral Church of the Advent

At funerals, one often hears John 14:1 – “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms.” …

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Are You Living Or Are You Dying? - Cathedral Church of the Advent

On my morning drive to work, I take an elevated highway. To the side of the highway a large billboard advertises a fitness club. The sign asks: “Are …

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Red Death of the Righteous Path - Cathedral Church of the Advent

Psalm 88 is a petition, and a sometimes petulant one. The psalmist reminds God that if the psalmist is cut off and allowed to perish in misery, God …

Bible Blog Archive - Cathedral Church of the Advent

Peter wrote this letter to Christians who were enduring terrible persecutions for their faith in Jesus. Peter is supplying us with encouragement for …

Bible Blog Archive - Cathedral Church of the Advent

With chapters 7-10, so concludes the brief, wild ride that is the Book of Esther. This book’s inclusion in the canon of scripture has caused debate …

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The God with the X-Ray Eyes - Cathedral Church of the Advent

Faced with suffering (especially our own or that of our loved ones), we want x-ray vision. We want clarity, to get to the center of and reason for …

Good Sons and Job’s Suffering - Cathedral Church of the Advent

He who coined the phrase “the patience of Job” was a liar. In his suffering, Job faces the judgment of a God he knows to be righteous yet who acts …

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Exile and Return - Cathedral Church of the Advent

Exile, return, and reconstruction are powerful fault lines in our lives. They are no less so in our reading for today.<p>The Persian king, Cyrus, …

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Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Punished For My Sins? (Or, The Network Router of Atonement) - Cathedral Church of the Advent

“I’m being punished for my sins.” Have you heard someone say that? Perhaps, in a moment of pain, guilt, or embarrassment, you said it yourself. …

The Strange Power of a Medieval Poem About the Death of a Child

The medieval poem “Pearl” was written by someone whose identity we do not know, and is set mostly within a dream. Neither of these facts is unusual in medieval poetry. Authorship is often unclear for works from that period, and dreams were popular as literary devices: then, as now, dreams allow …

Poetry

Iraq’s ancient Christian population could be gone within five years in the face of Isil

When members of Father Martin Hermis Dawood’s congregation used to ask guidance about fleeing Iraq, his advice was to be strong.<p>Iraq’s Christians had to stay together and hope, he would counsel, no matter how bleak the situation may look in a country stricken by sectarian violence and terrorism.<p>Yet …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Kinesiology of Faith - Cathedral Church of the Advent

<i>Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the LORD and</i> …