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Alleluia, He is Risen!

Alleluia, He is Risen!

I suspect that every age in the last 2000+ years has been filled with those who have had the attitude, “so what difference does it make?” This attitude, of course, is generally called “narcissism” because of the fact that the individual has a particular perspective whereby they become the judge of all that is real and significant, and the [...]

The First Firsts

The First Firsts

Many of us, once the depth of winter is passed, wait in anticipation for the very first signs of life, and what joy there is when the very first shoot emerges from the frosty earth and the first blossoms appear on the branches. In his paschal sermons, Andrewes developed various themes around the word first that herald different aspects of life at [...]

A Journey from Pain to Peace

A Journey from Pain to Peace

I had an abortion. For years I couldn’t write that.  I couldn’t even say it.  I avoided the dreaded “a” word. I was brought up pro-life.  I knew that abortion was wrong.  I couldn’t understand how a woman could get an abortion. It just didn’t occur to me why anyone would do that. Then I got pregnant.  The father of my [...]

Recovering the Lost World of the KJV

Recovering the Lost World of the KJV

The very notion that words can make a world has its obvious root in the Hebrew of the first book of the Bible.  It is there we learn that the word (davar), and the work and works (davar, davarim) of which all Scripture is both witness and legacy, are not something some of our fellow human beings made up. Neither human kings nor moguls of culture [...]

In the News

Religion of Peace? The violent Jihad continues in Afghanistan with the beheading of two persons and the killing of at least eight others at a U.N. compound. A mob stormed the compound, protesting against a Florida pastor burning the Koran. The Koran sanctions the beheading of “unbelievers”: 5:33- The punishment of those who wage war against [...]

The Paschal Lamb

The Paschal Lamb

Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia. The use of this verse from Saint Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians as a fraction anthem is a feature of Anglican worship without parallel in other Eucharistic rites. It is familiar, of course, from its place in 1979 Book of Common Prayer, but it [...]