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Where do you find that in the Bible?

April 23, 2020

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The title of this blog post is a question that we run into from time to time.  When we hear it we know immediately that the interlocutor has been exposed to a concept called Sola Scriptura.  What is Sola Scriptura? It is a teaching found among a number of sects and cults that the “Bible […]

Yes, Virginia, Anglicans DO Fast.

March 1, 2020

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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, 2020

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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 […]

Was Christmas Really a Pagan Holiday?

December 24, 2019

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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, Virginia, […]

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas!

December 6, 2019

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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. […]

Parish Life

November 3, 2019

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The other day I was looking for something–what, I now don’t recall–and I stumbled across the website of a parish we attended in the days B.S.–Before Seminary, that is. As I admired it and remembered with fondness the Episcopal Church that used to be, I happened to recall a conversation I once had with Brother […]

All Saints and All Souls and Prayers, Oh My!

October 24, 2019

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We come in November to the winding down of the Christian year, but before we get there we have two great observances.  Unfortunately, there are some Christians who get them confused, so let’s look briefly at the first two days of November. November first is the feast of All Saints’, the day when we remember […]

Christians and Hallowe’en

October 23, 2019

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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 […]

Christians and Hallowe’en

October 23, 2019

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It’s that time of year again–time for crazies to carp and tell you falsehoods about Christianity.  Have a look at my annual post about Hallowe’en!  

How Anglicans Worship – Part 8

September 23, 2019

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Processions Interrupting the order here to answer questions I’d received from earlier in the “How Anglicans Worship” series. Let me begin by observing that there are six general types of processions: Entrance, Gospel, Offertory, Exit, Holy Day, and Special Occasion. Order in processions ought be pretty straightforward. Older manuals used to prescribe slightly different orders […]