Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pentecost 18B (30 September 2012)

Contents 1 Lectionary 2 First Reading: Esther 2.1 Alternative first reading: Numbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29 3 Second Reading: James 5:13-20 4 Gospel: Gentle words, hard words 5 Jesus Database 6 Liturgies and Prayers 6.1 Music Suggestions Lectionary Esther 7:1-6,9-10;9:20-22 and Psalm 124 … Continue reading

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Wife of Jesus papyrus fragment

The September 18 story from the New York Times about a papyrus fragment in which Jesus refers to someone (presumably Mary Magdalene) as “my wife” caused considerable controversy. There now seems to be a growing consensus among Coptic specialists that … Continue reading

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Pentecost 17B (23 September 2012)

Contents 1 Lectionary 2 First Reading: Wisdom, the perfect life partner 2.1 The Innocent Victim 3 Second Reading: Wisdom from above 4 Gospel: Master class in discipleship 5 Jesus Database 6 Liturgies and Prayers 6.1 Music Suggestions Lectionary Proverbs 31:10-31 … Continue reading

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2013 Bethsaida Holy Land Study Tour

This afternoon I have received the final costs for the 2013 Bethsaida tour. The program has been arranged in two sections: 1. Core program:┬áReturn air travel, two weeks on the dig (16-28 June), weekend visits to lakeside holy places and … Continue reading

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Pentecost 16B (16 September 2012)

Contents 1 Lectionary 2 Introduction 3 First Reading: Lady Wisdom, the divine Sophia 4 Second Reading: Wisdom beyond doctrine 5 Gospel: Who is this man? 6 Jesus Database 7 Liturgies and Prayers 7.1 Music Suggestions Lectionary Proverbs 1:20-33 and Psalm … Continue reading

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Wrongly dividing the word of truth

Recently I have come across a classic mis-use (and misrepresentation) of the Bible by those who claim to be its best friends. The Bible Society of Australia is currently promoting its “25 Words” campaign, encouraging people to read 25 words … Continue reading

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Pentecost 15B (9 September 2012)

Contents 1 Lectionary 2 Introduction 3 First Reading: Rich and poor have this in common 4 Second Reading: A bias to the poor 5 Gospel: Jesus and the Lebanese woman 5.1 Jesus heals a deaf man with a speech impediment … Continue reading

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