October 24, 2017

Archives for February 2013

Quo Vadis?

Because of the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he is resigning from the office of Bishop of Rome and successor of St. Peter, Jeff has asked me for my view of his theology, how that has affected the Church, and how the next pope’s theology might affect the Church.  There are very short answers […]

Ash Wednesday with Pancho and Lefty

Sometimes I don’t know where this dirty road is taking me Sometimes I can’t even see the reason why I guess I’ll keep on a-gamblin’, lots of booze and lots of ramblin’ It’s easier than just a-waitin’ ’round to die – Townes Van Zandt Our good friend Matt Redmond just wrote a poignant piece about how […]

A Companion in Shipwreck

The following is from a remarkable piece by Rod Dreher called, “Ecumenism And Life’s Shipwreck” at The American Conservative. In it he writes about how the Roman Catholic sex scandal “broke [his] spiritual and intellectual pride as a Christian.” The passage reproduced here today quotes Tolkien on the subject of having a “chivalrous” view of […]

Martha on Lent

Lent is coming! When I was young, I was confident in what Lent was and what it meant. Now I’m older, it gets more mysterious and complex. This week marks the start of the forty-day (plus Sundays) period which is one of the two seasons in the liturgical year where the purple of penitence is […]

LCMS President Apologizes

Note: this is a follow up to last week’s post, Ridiculous Religiosity. Below is an excerpt from a pastoral letter and apology from President Harrison of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod regarding the Newtown, Connecticut affair. Pastor Rob Morris, an LCMS pastor in Newtown, had been asked by Pres. Harrison to apologize for participating in […]

Pope Benedict XVI Resigning

Breaking news from Martha of Ireland: Breaking news – and yes, shocking news (for those of us who are Catholics): the Pope is resigning. I’m flabbergasted, so I have nothing helpful to say. The last time this happened was in the year 1295*, so no-one really knows what will happen next or what it will […]

Have You No Shame?

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O’Brien IVP Books (2012) Part Three of a series. “In fact, the entire issue of honor and shame over against right and wrong (innocence and guilt) is a bit of a mystery to us. As […]

A Transfiguration Thought Experiment

This morning the pastor asked us to do a “thought experiment” with regard to the story of the Transfiguration. I thought I’d include you and give you a chance to discuss it. The text from Luke reads: “While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered […]

Vicarage Available!

The parishioners of St. Mary’s and St. Andrew’s in the Chelmsford Diocese of the Church of England have been having a hard time filling their pastoral vacancy. So they put together this short video describing the charms of their setting. Charming indeed!

What Did the Transfiguration Mean to Jesus?

“And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.” – Luke 9:29, NRSV What did the Transfiguration mean to Jesus? Often, when we approach Bible stories like this we ask what the event being portrayed means to us, and for us. We would do well to remember […]