Category Archives: Church Calendar

The Benefits of Lectionary Preaching

When I arrived at my local congregation in Pensacola we were using the Revised Common Lectionary. The RCL is a fine Lectionary and provides a wonderful tour of the Scriptures in a three year cycle. But as time went on … Continue reading

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The Brothers Karamazov and the Apostle Thomas

In the compelling narrative of The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky  elaborates a little, but beautifully on Thomas’ encounter with our Lord: The Apostle Thomas said that he would not believe till he saw, but when he did see he said, “My Lord and my God!” … Continue reading

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Lent, Ligon Duncan, and Legalism

Collin Hansen wrote an article for the Gospel Coalition entitled Should You Cancel Good Friday? which has brought to the attention of many a conversation they have never had before. What is Lent? Why celebrate it? As a committed Protestant, I am committed to … Continue reading

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The Saints of Providence Church in 2012

 

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What is Trinity Sunday?

The Church celebrates this Sunday the blessed, Holy Trinity. God is Three and One. In the calendar, Trinity Sunday follows Pentecost. Pentecost was the pouring of the Spirit (The Third Person of the Holy Trinity) upon an infant Church. Pentecost … Continue reading

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What is Pentecost?

Many Christians know little about the Church Calendar, which means that many evangelicals will  treat this Sunday like any other day. This Sunday marks the beginning of the Ordinary Season (not in the mundane or common sense, but the term comes … Continue reading

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Epiphany Re-Gathering

The Epiphany season is a babelic reversal. It does not contain the fullness of the Pentecost reversal, but it is the beginning of this undoing. Babel was meant to be a flood-proof structure and empire. Jesus opens the flood gates, … Continue reading

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Christmas Sermon: The Marriage of Heaven and Earth

Sermon: People of God, merry Christmas! On this joyful day Christians celebrate the birth of our Lord. We celebrate the humanity of Christ, and we celebrate our humanity. To be human is not to shelter an insignificant body, but a … Continue reading

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Are You Going to Church on Christmas?

My good friend, Steve Wilkins, has already written a few insightful thoughts on the subject. It is not hard to find churches all over the country cancelling Christmas Sunday. In many ways this is a theological travesty. The celebration of Christmas … Continue reading

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All Saints’ Day

How shining and splendid are your gifts, O Lord which you give us for our eternal well-being Your glory shines radiantly in your saints, O God In the honour and noble victory of the martyrs. The white-robed company follow you, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Church Calendar

Fellow CREC pastor, Toby Sumpter, offers some thoughts on the Church Calendar as well as some helpful resources.

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The Epiphany of our Lord

MATTHEW 2:11-12 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and … Continue reading

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Twelfth Day of Christmas

MATTHEW 2:9-10 9When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced … Continue reading

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Eleventh Day of Christmas

MATTHEW 2:7-8 7Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found … Continue reading

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Tenth Day of Christmas

MATTHEW 2:4-6 4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is … Continue reading

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Ninth Day of Christmas

MATTHEW 2:1-3 1Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we … Continue reading

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Eighth Day of Christmas

ROMANS 9:33 As it is written: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT According to our calendars, we stand at the beginning … Continue reading

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Seventh Day of Christmas

GALATIANS 4:4-5 4But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. DEVOTIONAL … Continue reading

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Sixth Day of Christmas

2 CORINTHIANS 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT During Advent we read through … Continue reading

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Fifth Day of Christmas

JOHN 3:16-17: 16For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, … Continue reading

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Fourth Day of Christmas

1 PETER 1:10-12 10Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you,11searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when … Continue reading

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Third Day of Christmas

JOHN 8:56-58 56 “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” 57Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” 58Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, … Continue reading

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Second Day of Christmas

JOHN 1:9-10 9That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT In the verses … Continue reading

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First Day of Christmas

1 TIMOTHY 1:15-17 15This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 16However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ … Continue reading

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Twenty-Seventh Day of Advent

Isaiah 9:4-7 4 For You have broken the yoke of his burden And the staff of his shoulder, The rod of his oppressor, As in the day of Midian. 5 For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle, And garments … Continue reading

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Twenty-Sixth Day of Advent

Isaiah 9:1-3 1 Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed, As when at first He lightly esteemed The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, And afterward more heavily oppressed her, By the way of … Continue reading

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Twenty-Fifth Day of Advent

HEBREWS 2:14-18 14Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and release those who … Continue reading

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Twenty Fourth Day of Advent

ISAIAH 53:1-3 1Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has … Continue reading

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Twenty Third Day of Advent

LUKE 2:36-38 36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; 37and this woman was a … Continue reading

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Twenty Second Day of Advent

LUKE 2:33-35 33And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and … Continue reading

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