From the First Sunday in Lent and based upon the readings from Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Romans 10:8b-13 & Luke 4:1-13, Fr. Ballentine encourages the faithful to give thanks to God for keeping them safe in the wilderness, by bringing their firstfruits to Him.
Day 32 – Exodus 31-33 In the reading for this 32nd day of the Bible Challenge, here in the Diocese of Southeast Florida, we are presented with readings from Exodus 31-33. The appointed selection begins with Moses receiving his final directives from the Lord on how he is to establish the Law that would become the foundation for the people of Israel. The selection ends with Moses ordering the slaughter of those who disobeyed the […]
Bible Challenge Day 12 – Genesis 31-33; Psalm 11; Matthew 11 In the reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew, appointed for today through the Bible Challenge, we encounter two of John’s disciples questioning Jesus. Upon answering their question, He then addresses the crowd – challenging them to consider what they themselves believe about John, and thus about Him. He warns them by presenting them with His condemnation to those who failed to hear the […]
A sermon from the Second Sunday of Advent, in preparation for the Incarnation, the text is taken from the Gospel of Luke 3:1-6. In this sermon, Fr. Ballentine encourages the faithful at St. Thomas Episcopal in Coral Gables, to be odd – as John the Baptist was odd and to Cry Out! in the wilderness around us…proclaiming the Glory of the Incarnate Lord!