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Was Christmas Really a Pagan Holiday?

December 24, 2019 by


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, […]

Christians and Hallowe’en

October 23, 2019 by


(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 by


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!  

A Few More Things about Christianity that Just Aren’t So

August 15, 2017 by


Although no comments were posted about the first installment of this series, I’ll plunge on where angels fear to blog and share some more foolish misconceptions that have become attached to Christianity–in error.  Picking up where the last left off, let’s go on in the Scripture vein. 4. Christians believe that the Bible is the […]

Things Christians Think about Christianity That Aren’t True

August 13, 2017 by


This is the third part of an ongoing series about – well – mistakes that some Christians and some Christian groups make about what Christianity believes or teaches.  In other words, “what isn’t Christianity!”  In the first two installments, we looked at six wrong notions: 1.  Christianity is about keeping the rules. 2. Christians believe […]

A Few Ideas about Christianity that are Wrong

July 30, 2017 by


Over a nice cup of French Roast yesterday I had the occasion to mention to a priest friend that lately I’ve been pondering a list of wrong things that people believe.  I don’t mean wrong things that are thought by people outside the Church, although there sure are plenty of those.  I mean wrong things […]

The First Thanksgiving

November 26, 2015 by


The first thanksgiving--1621, right? Guess again!

Ancient Worship…Timeless Faith

May 18, 2012 by


A few years ago, a fellow priest (hi Jerry!) and I began using the phrase with which I’ve titled this post on websites and printed matter to refer to our traditional Anglican liturgy.  We had realized that the word “traditional” had come to have some bad connotations…for example, to a Roman Catholic, it meant “all […]

The Truth about Thanksgiving

November 15, 2009 by


It’s nearing Thanksgiving again, and so it’s time to remind everyone again of the Truth about Thanksgiving.  For your convenience, you may read that article by clicking here.  

Gospel According to Starbucks

August 29, 2007 by


Here’s an excerpt from a sermon preached by me here at St George’s recently. Last week I started reading The Gospel According to Starbucks by Leonard Sweet, a professor at Drew Theological School. I confess, and if you know me, you’ll know that what drew my attention when I saw this book in the Atlanta […]