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Josh Howard
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Prayer Collect (5th Sunday of Lent)
Took a blog break yesterday - and taking a Matthew break today.  Here's the prayer collect from the Book of Common Prayer - for this past Sunday (the 5th of Lent): Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly  wills and affections of sinners: Gra...
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Matthew 2 (2)
What is fascinating to me regarding chapter two is that there are four prophecies given, in which Matthew remarks in his standard way:  “This fulfilled what the prophets had said.” 2:6 = Micah 5:2; 2 Samuel 5:2 2:15 = Hosea 11:1 2:18 = Jeremiah 31:15 2:23 =...
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Hauerwas on Matthew 2 (1)
So the story turns from the birth of Jesus to the political intrigue that was happening in response to it.  King Herod is introduced into the story… along with a group of foreigners - wise men - who have been studying the star and somehow ascertained that t...
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Prayer in Change
I am slowly working through a book called 'Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals.'  I have loved the book so far and I think I will enjoy using it more frequently at the start of the next liturgical year (Advent).  There is a section in the book th...
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Hauerwas on Matthew 1 (4)
After four posts, we finally come to the end of Matthew chapter 1!  Today, the focus is on the birth narratives:  Matthew 1:18-25.  We get the viewpoint of Joseph - but Matthew does not diminish Mary.  Her obedience to receive the Holy Spirit is what leads ...
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Hauerwas on Matthew 1 (3)
There is one other point that Hauerwas makes about the genealogies:  The names of four woman are included in this history.   Tamar (v.3); Rahab (v.5a); Ruth (v.5b); Bathsheba (v.6). Stanley Hauerwas (SH) wrestles with the question of why these four woman we...
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Hauerwas on Matthew 1 (2)
Continuing on from yesterday’s post… Hauerwas moves along to the genealogy that is found in verses 2-16.  He makes several interesting points about the genealogy:  There are three ‘movements’ in Matthew’s genealogy: Movement 1: (verses 2-6; 17a) Abraham to ...
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Matthew 1 - Hauerwas
I can't believe that it's been almost two years since I posted on my blog!  I also can't believe that I've had this blog since 2004.  Time absolutely flies by.  The older I get - the faster it goes. I wanted to get back into a discipline of spiritual writin...
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