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The Liturgical And Sacramental Nature Of St. Paul's Epistles

This is an essay presented on January 17, 2018 at the Fort Wayne Seminary Theological Symposia....

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St. John Chrysostom On Protection From The Devil

Please see this beautiful commentary by St. John Chrysostom (347 - 407 A.D.), one of the greatest fathers of the church. It isn't for nothing that he is called Chrysostom: "golden-mouthed." "When the Deacon prays, 'Let us beseech for them yet more earnestly that God would deliver [the catechumens] from every evil and disordered thing,' we ask for them that they ma...

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Commentary On The Gospel For Lent 1 - Mark 1:9-15 By Two Church Fathers

A commentary on the Gospel for Lent 1 St. Mark 1:9-15 by: Hippolytus of Rome 170 A.D. to 235 A.D. Do you see, beloved, how many and how great blessings we would have lost if the Lord had yielded to the exhortation of John and declined baptism? For the heavens had been shut before this. The region above was inaccessible. We might descend to the lower parts, but not ascend ...

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The Collect For Transfiguration

Sunday's Collect, while beautiful and apropos, seems to omit something important. The divine logic of this event, it's raison d'etre. It reads: "O God, in the glorious transfiguration of your beloved son you confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the testimony of Moses and Elijah. In the voice that came from the bright cloud you wonderfully foreshadowed our adoption by g...

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Demons, Demons Everywhere

In his outstanding sermon, Subdue, Rev. Peter Mills writes: Pastor Mills: [In] Last Sunday['s gospel reading] a demoniac suddenly and brazenly interrupted Jesus’ Sabbath sermon in the synagogue of Capernaum. Modernly we tend not to give credence to demon possession. In first world countries our complacency is no doubt the result of Christianity’s missionary su...

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Shifting Of Tectonic Plates

Note: when discussing liturgics the word "cult" (from the Latin for "worship") has no negative connotations, but simply denotes a system of religious worship....

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The Christian Interpretation Of Psalm 111

The Old Testament is a Christian book. Jews claim it as their own, and Muslims make reference to it. But for the church the Old Testament is a Christian book. It constitutes God's Promise to redeem the world in the fullness of time in Christ. (Gal. 4:4). In this respect the New Testament could be considered the last chapter of the Old Testament, for it comprises the fulfil...

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Altar Statues

The improvement of our church continues. Please see the attached pictures. We are in the process of constructing shadow boxes / frames for our altar statues, pictured is the 1st of 3 (which yet needs to be finished and stained). These are meant to set off the statues and draw attention to them. The statues are of the Lord, his hands raised in blessing. To his right (our ...

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Managing The Culture

In this beautiful little post, Rev. Larry Peters reminds the church that it is not her job to manage the culture, but to proclaim the kingdom....

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Why We Stand For The Reading Of The Holy Gospel

Standing for the reading / hearing of the holy Gospel is an ancient tradition handed down to us from The Didascalia, which is a foundational Christian document composed by an un-named bishop in the 200’s. The Didascalia says that according to tradition the apostles themselves had already laid down the rule “that except for the Old Testament and the Prophe...

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