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The Gospel According to Johnny Cash – Introduction

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1506433766/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=ancientanglic-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1506433766&linkId=a2fac401ec02ac57c7e6a7bba80effc4 For our (virtual) Epiphany study this year, we will be reading through the book Trains, Jesus, and Murder – The Gospel According to Johnny Cash. The author, Richard Beck, is a psychology professor at Abilene Christian University. (His blog is Experimental Theology.) The book grew out of a bible study he leads …
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Leo the Great Christmas Sermons (Sermon 26, week 2)

For this week, please finish reading through St. Leo’s Christmas sermon 26. St. Leo’s overall theme of this sermon is having peace with God so that we may forever raise our voices with the angels who announced the Nativity to the shepherds: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth …
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Leo the Great Christmas Sermons (Sermon 26, week 1)

For the next two weeks, please read through St. Leo’s Christmas sermon 26. As before, please ruminate over the sermon and allow it to give you a deeper and richer understanding of what we celebrate at Christmas. Also pay attention to how St. Leo applies to the Nativity the same gospel themes that we see …
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Leo the Great Christmas Sermons (Sermon 21)

For this week, read through St. Leo’s Christmas Sermon 21. Read it slowly and allow it to give you a deeper and richer understanding of what we celebrate at Christmas. As you read through the sermon see how Leo applies to the Nativity the same gospel themes that we see throughout the New Testament, and …
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The David Saga, Episode 12 – Rebellion and Flashbacks

For this week, please read 2 Samuel 20-24. In our episode this week, David crushes another rebellion and there are flashbacks to David’s war with the Philistines and the destruction of Saul’s family.  LAST WEEK: In episode 11, we have the conclusion to Absalom’s Rebellion. Absalom takes the advice of David’s spy Hushai …
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The David Saga, Episode 11 – Absalom’s Defeat

For this week, please read 2 Samuel 17:15-19:43. In our episode this week, Absalom’s Rebellion is put down and David is reconciled to those who fought against him.  LAST WEEK: In episode 10, Absalom openly rebels against his father, King David. He is anointed king in Hebron (as David had been decades prior), …
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The David Saga, Episode 10 – Absalom’s Rebellion

For this week, please read 2 Samuel 15:1-17:14. This week is part two of three of the story of Absalom’s Rebellion. LAST WEEK: In episode 9 (which takes place over a period of eleven years), we saw the causes of Absalom’s Rebellion and how Absalom laid the foundation for his Rebellion. His rebellion …
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The David Saga, Episode 9 – Absalom and Tamar

For this week, please read 2 Samuel 13:1-15:6. This is the beginning of the story of Absalom’s Rebellion where we will spend the next three weeks. The story itself takes place over a period of eleven years. (Absalom’s great virtue is patience.) It is a story of incestuous rape, fraternal murder, and …
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The David Saga, Episode 8 – Bathsheba

For this week please read 2 Samuel 11-12. This week’s episode gives us the story of Bathsheba, David, and Nathan. Tradition holds that the episode ends with David’s composition of Psalm 51 (the penitential psalm we recite on Ash Wednesday.) The next two weeks of David’s story will be about rape, murder, and rebellion. LAST WEEK: In Episode 7 …
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The David Saga, Episode 7 – Jerusalem

For this week, please read 2 Samuel 5-10. This week’s episode is the apex of David reign. For the only time in our story, David is secure from all his enemies – foreign, domestic, and, more importantly, even himself. Our story today focuses on Jerusalem and gives to us one of the …
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