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What To Do?

One of the verses we sometimes don't know what to do with is Luke 11:13b "how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him." I have heard (and given) various stand alone interpretations to it over the years.One possible answer to the dilemma is found in the epiklesis which has been used from time immemorial as part of the consecration. In it...

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Sunday's Epistle - Pentecost 6

There seems to a great deal going on in Sunday's epistle, you can see my translation below. If we read it ecclesiastically, liturgically and sacramentally it yields much. My assumption is that Colossians is not just an abstract epistle by which Paul deals with particular problems - as in Galatians and Corinthians for example. But that it is either a baptismal rite and / o...

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Hardwired

Wile E. Coyote could defy gravity ... for a few seconds. So can culture. Every time Wile E. went over the edge he would hang in mid air for a bit. But gravity, like God, cannot be mocked. Wile E. is a parable for post-Christan western culture. When we expelled the gospel we cut off our branch from the Tree of Life and the evidence is unmistabeable. The deficiation of ou...

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The Inspiration Of Scripture - A Refresher

Here is a brief refresher on basic Christian doctrine that will benefit every Christian. Christians believe that the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God. They believe that though the Bible was written by men, that they were guided by the Holy Spirit, and that the resulting document is a revelation of divine thoughts and plans; not the opinions of the author. We le...

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Scriptura Is Not Sola

At this time, based on my studies and thinking, I am ready to say that Scripture has no independent life apart from liturgy. That is, apart from the liturgizing of God. (The fact that liturgy is comprised of Scripture, though true, is not my point here.) But I say this in contradistinction to the notion that I learned and have worked with for over 40 years, namely that Sc...

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