Human suffering no longer interests the Vatican. Instead, it celebrates the fish in Venice’s canals.
Through Facebook, Zoom, YouTube, and even Discord, I’ve gotten to worship and learn with favorite priests and parishes from Texas to England, from Reformed Prayer Book Catholic to very Anglo-Catholic.
It is the very job of the Christian to give the answer about suffering—all suffering. Lamentation, without the cross, and even more so, without the resurrection, is a paltry, dusty, foolish, absurd thing. The Christian alone has the deepest most satisfying reason for why, a why that gathers up all the anxiety, all the hopelessness into an eternal hope.
Even as COVID-19 spreads, other, more insidious viruses do, as well.
Beware of politicians looking to crush those who oppose them under cover of plague.
Which is Less bad? Shutting down the economy so that fewer people die? Which it is important to acknowledge, is a terrible terrible decision to make or to have to make because people losing money and jobs is not a good thing and I don’t hear anybody saying that it is. Or, not shutting down the economy and having lots and lots and lots of people die? This is also a bad choice. Really bad. Devastating.
The church rightly reveres Ignatius and Polycarp, who both went cheerfully and without resistance to their martyrdoms. The church also rightly reveres Athanasius, who fled persecution.
We’ve been tearing babies out of the womb and chucking them away, destroying the lives of their mothers and fathers in the process and yeah, the economy, heretofore, has been ticking along fine, but, I would say, with little beauty and less honor and certainly dubious quantities of justice.
If there were no pandemic sickness and the government were to tyrannically demand that we not meet on pain of death, I think we would be obligated to disobey and face the consequences. But in this case, lives are at stake, not the Gospel.
The great thing about a church is that it’s a community no matter what your lifestyle or work. Do you work in an office? That’s great, you can still go to church. Do you work at home? That’s great too.
Tellingly, only one, Bishop Love of Albany, has stood his ground and now faces censure or deposition for his courage.
I ended up discovering by accident that I gained more than I gave up.
If that is where all women in this moment’s bright day live (though I know it isn’t) it will then be quite shocking to see the words of Jesus printed there so baldly and offensively on the page. “Unless one is born again, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” How can such a thing be heard? Especially when there is no agreement that first you must be born at all.
“Love the sinner, hate the sin,” is not an inherently bigoted thing to say, though of course as a slogan it can be used that way. Properly understood, it is actually the gospel. This is what God does—he “loves the sinner” and because that is true, he also “hates the sin.”
Weekend Review 2-23-20: The Diagnosis of Romans 1, the Theology of the Cross, and Consensual non-monogamous Wokevangelicals
Full Audio Here: This week we look a bit a the misunderstanding of the church (w/o reference to the Brunner book:) when law and Gospel are not rightly distinguished. Are people not going to church because we're not being "loving" enough? Is it really a case of us not...
Takes some real wishful thinking to get us a king.
I used to say to people encountering the Bible for the first time, who were struggling along with it, that the Bible is like a yardstick that God slowly spiritually embeds in your spine.
Nonetheless, I never forgot that in worship sometimes less is more. A simple said liturgical office can often help one worship, pray, and contemplate more, maybe far more, than a “praise and worship” service.
Weekend Review: Porno Valentines, Law and Gospel, and how/why to end Your Associations with Unbelief.
And no, nothing to see here; there is absolutely nothing disturbingly illuminating about that. What are you, a Puritan?
Election by Christ wars with rejection by our sinful flesh.
On the Radar
“In hindsight, it was all part of a selfish quest to nourish my long-held sexual fantasy of being a woman—a mental disorder called autogynephilia.”
The student “became aggressive, circling around him, getting in his face in a threatening fashion, while telling him, ‘Then I guess this means I can call you a c**t.’”
While the Catholic Church continues to debate deaconesses, some Orthodox Churches have already embraced them, and still others look on with caution.
She listed people of Buddhist, Muslim, and Jewish faiths before generalizing about other persecuted religions.
The news of an amicable split of the church of my youth brings feelings of sadness for what could have been and hopefulness for what will be.
The persecution of Sandmann and the Covington Catholic High School students could easily happen to any of us.
Not So United Methodists
If a culture can be made to pervert something as foundational and long held as marriage, why not target elementary biology?
England. Fork. Some assembly required.
We heard that these people wanted equality, but what they really want is to rule us.
Where is the Church of England on all this? Nowhere at all, or rather on the wrong side entirely. Not a peep of support for those being persecuted for standing up for biology and biblical beliefs.
From its early Latin and Greek roots up until now, the word “proselytize” has referred to the practice of making disciples
Looks like the transsexuals are the new bosses of the alphabet mafia.
These events tell me that God is at work in the Church, but the process is often very slow, messy, and difficult. The debates we are having today—about gender, sexuality, race, justice, and more—may take some time to resolve. I feel confident they will continue well beyond my lifetime. This perspective should help keep us humble and focused on daily faithfulness.
Greater diversity in leadership, and the beauty of holiness: Bishop Cottrell sets out his hopes as Archbishop of York
Bishop Cottrell has also warned that the Church’s stance on same-sex relationships means that it is “seen as immoral by the culture in which it is set” and has suggested that prayers of thanksgiving for these relationships — “perhaps a eucharist” — should be offered
The ideals and rules which govern a society cannot require unanimity. That is the demand of relativism, which rejects authority in favor of flux.
The outspoken prelate became a global media celebrity after he objected to the reading of the Koran at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland.
At times, LGBTQ activists have dropped fake dollar bills or vouchers protesting the Salvation Army in the red kettles.
Hallmark has backtracked on its withdrawal of same-sex TV adverts after it came under fire from high profile members of the LGBT community, including talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg.
Equipping our kids might mean talking to them about difficult and uncomfortable subjects long before we’d like to.