simply, Christian

on Jesus as man and God

from Gregory of Nazianus

He was baptized as Man--but He remitted sins as God--not because He needed purificatory rites Himself, but that He might sanctify the element of water. He was tempted as Man, but He conquered as God; yea, He bids us be of good cheer, for He has overcome the world. He hungered--but He fed thousands; yea, He is the Bread that giveth life, . . .

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May 03, 2019

a week away from writing

I'm going to take a week off from writing and technology. A small, planned sabbatical away from my keyboard--immersed instead in the printed word and the analog. I'm looking forward to a time of rest and relaxation.

There won't be any lection reflections for the next week. Instead, I shall leave a series of quotes on . . .

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May 02, 2019

chasing the shiny things of the world

lection reflection for 1 May 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

For Christians in affluent parts of the world, like the United States, today's epistle reading from 1 John may be one of the hardest parts of the bible to live out.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the lust of the . . .

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May 01, 2019

on hating and being hated

lection reflection for 30 April 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Today's epistle and gospel readings both talk about hatred, but they discuss it from opposite directions, which makes for interesting reading and meditation. Rarely do we think about hating and being hated at the same time.

In 1 John 2, we are reminded that the idea of a Christian harboring hatred toward another believer is . . .

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April 30, 2019

starting Daniel and John's letters

lection reflection for 29 April 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Today, the daily lectionary simultaneously starts two new books: Daniel and 1 John (with 2 and 3 John to follow). I don't remember starting two books at the same time, at least not for a while, but I'm looking forward to reading and praying through these over the coming weeks. I am especially looking forward to reading Daniel through . . .

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April 29, 2019

review: CSB Ancient Faith Study Bible

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For years, I have longed for a study bible that combined the best English translation in print with Patristic commentary from the early church. The Orthodox Study Bible is a great resource that has been in print for years, but it doesn't have enough commentary to satisfy. Concordia's Lutheran Study Bible has some great quotes . . .

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April 26, 2019

church, it's okay, the world has never liked you

lection reflection for 26 April 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Yesterday I wrote about the reality that the Church will never be the darling of the world. In fact, if she is praised and beloved by the world, then she is not faithfully being the Church, proclaiming sin and salvation as her Lord has instructed. Today's New Testament reading, from Acts 4, reinforces this reality and shows that the . . .

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April 26, 2019