Were there no war, you could drive from Aleppo, Syria to Stockholm, Sweden in about the time it takes to get from San Francisco, CA to Charlotte, NC…about three days of hard driving with reasonable nights’ sleeps. It really is that close. I mention Charlotte because Stockholm has a population about the size of Charlotte, … More Because we’ll be a Buddhist nation long before that happens: some alternative facts
Chesterton once said, “It is only by believing in God that we can ever criticize the Government. Once abolish the God, and the Government becomes the God.” One might be tempted to think him wrong considering the vehement criticism of our current government by relatively “godless” leftists. However, closer consideration reveals the truth that they … More Because you’re not fighting Hitler: of Faustian delusions and godless politics
Some days I think Paul was a bit too optimistic. For example, in II Corinthians he wrote: So I beg you to reaffirm your love…so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs. (II Cor. 2:8,11) The fact is we seem to be outwitted by the enemy … More Outwitted and ignorant: the problem of “Black lives matter”
Every Sunday we experience the most amazing thing. The priest and deacon lift up the bread and wine–the body and blood of our Lord–and the priest declares, “the gifts of God for the people of God, take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your heart by faith with … More God’s good gifts: An introduction in retrospect
The headline was eye-grabbing. The Pope said a personal relationship with Jesus was dangerous. Certainly this is the sign we need to show us he is the anti-Christ…or at least the false prophet. It is sad, really. This gossip and bilge offered as journalism. The so-called Christian media is as guilty of slander and gossip … More The Pope, “Christian” Media, and the much neglected Spiritual gift.
As is usually the case we had baptisms on Pentecost Sunday. I love the way the baptismal liturgy preserves scriptural truths. It was particularly visible this year because one of the candidates for baptism was the grandchild of our deacon, so the deacon performed the baptism. But our Priest completed the rite with Chrismation–marking the … More The Holy Spirit and Baptism
Jude tells us: Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, … More We have received the Spirit of God