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Return to the Faith

Return to the Faith

Some American observers of the recent riots in London and other U.K. cities might be forgiven a sense of shock, or even surprise. After all, pictures of feral youth rampaging against a backdrop of burning buildings aren’t necessarily unexpected in, say, Detroit, or Watts, but London? Surely not. Surely yes, unfortunately, but for different [...]

In Quietness and Confidence

In Quietness and Confidence

In seminary I did an independent study on mental prayer.  I remember my professor, Dr. Jones, saying, “In any form of meditation there are really three questions: what does it say; what does it say to me; and what am I going to do about it.” Before looking at particular forms or types of meditation it might be helpful to ask: what is [...]

The Monstrance and the Covenant

The Monstrance and the Covenant

The more I read Covenant Theology, the less I understand how one can hold to it and not like Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. About this point somebody might chime in with that part of the Articles of Religion which says, “The Sacraments were not ordained of Christ to be gazed upon, or to be carried about, but that we should duly use [...]

In Defense of Marriage

In Defense of Marriage

“I think eyes have opened,” says California Senator Dianne Feinstein, touting her attempt to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act of 1996  and thus remove a boulder from the path leading to acceptance of  gay marriage. “ I once was blind, but now I see,” the Rev. John Newton noted  in a rather different context. We’ve [...]

The Perfect Disciple

The Perfect Disciple

On September 8th, the Church celebrates the birth of the Blessed Mother. Although we do not know anything about her childhood, she nevertheless would have been brought up as all Jewish children in her day to respect the Torah, which taught one’s duty of love towards God and neighbour. In Luke’s gospel that begins with his birth narratives, [...]

In The News

Gay Liturgy Rejected: An attempt by The Episcopal Church (TEC) to backdoor gay marriage rites into the Anglican Communion was stopped by the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation (IALC). Representatives from TEC attempted to justify same-sex wedding rituals at IALC’s recent meeting in Canterbury, but the Consultation did not approve the [...]