The Gift of the Real Three Kings (Luke 3:15-22; Isaiah 43:1-7)

The Gift of the Real Three Kings (Luke 3:15-22; Isaiah 43:1-7)

The gift of the real Three Kings is a game-changer because nothing…neither fire/brimstone nor the overwhelming force of the mightiest waters (Is 43:2) can ultimately overwhelm us and do us in. Why be anxious about tomorrow? What is left to fear?

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Conversation with an Armor Wearer (Ephesians 6:10-20)

Conversation with an Armor Wearer (Ephesians 6:10-20)

I don't know much about ordinary armor...let alone have I actually ever worn it myself. So when it came time to do a deep dive on the text for this weekend, a text where St. Paul encourages us to "put on the full armor of God" (6:11) I thought I would enlist the help of my friend Daniel Mehaffey. Daniel takes part in the Society of Creative Anachronism.

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Lord of Hosts..."Sabaoth" (Isaiah 6:1-8)

Lord of Hosts..."Sabaoth" (Isaiah 6:1-8)

Today we recall that Isaiah heard yet another name that often goes untranslated in our hymns and prayers: God's name, "Yahweh (Lord God of) Sabaoth." Isaiah heard it in that glorious vision of God he was privileged to see in the Jerusalem temple. The name sometimes makes its way into our hymns (cf. the classic version of "A Mighty Fortress"), but more often we sing it in our Communion liturgy, during the "Sanctus": "Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth adored." What is a "Lord God of Sabaoth," anyway? And more importantly: why should it matter? 

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