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Christians and Hallowe’en

October 20, 2017

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(reprinted from 2008) In recent years we have started to hear some Christian groups encouraging Christians not to observe Hallowe’en, not to let our children trick-or-treat, not to go to costume parties. Many of those groups urge churches to have “harvest parties” as an alternative, or even just ignore the day entirely and pretend it […]

SSM Prays for Unity

October 4, 2017

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This week, the four largest and most stable of the continuing Anglican jurisdictions are meeting in synod together in Atlanta. As a way of supporting this monumental event, the Society of St Michael encourages all its members and all other Anglicans to pray and offer the Holy Sacrifice with a special intention for intercommunion that […]

Yes, Virginia, Anglicans DO Fast.

February 28, 2017

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Reprinted as a reminder. Here it is again–Happy Lent! Lent helps us enter the deepest and most important mysteries of what it truly means to be human—spirit and flesh fused together. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent and remind us of our mortality. The ashes which are blessed and traced in the form of […]

Three Streams?

February 24, 2017

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Below is a comment I left on Virtueonline’s website, but it was not approved by their “moderator” because it was negative about charismatics. I stand by what I wrote and reproduce it here for your reading and commenting. I’m afraid using the “three streams” approach is both misleading and inaccurate. The historic three “streams” in […]

Important Old Testament Stories

July 15, 2016

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In the last few weeks I’ve had a number of events, conversations, and even random thoughts pop into my head, all dealing with one topic: Old Testament stories. As a result of a recent conversation with a brother priest, I found myself thinking about these stories, specifically along the lines of which Old Testament stories […]

Was Christmas Really a Pagan Holiday?

December 21, 2015

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  It is almost certain that you’ll run into some well meaning fool who likes to smirk at holiday decorations and with an air of popping the balloons of children announce that “Jesus wasn’t really born on Christmas, you know.”  They will often continue with “Christmas is just another pagan festival that Christianity stole.”  Well, […]

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas!

December 6, 2015

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At this time of year in the USA, we are inundated with movies, television specials, cartoons, and images about Santa Claus. Some are quite good, entertaining, and fun, most are just, well, not. Christians when facing the secular culture often find some questions difficult to answer. Santa Claus shouldn’t be one of those difficult questions. […]