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Archives for April 2020

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Christian Apologists Then and Now

In Christian parlance the word apology does not mean the expression of sorrow, but rather a defense. Throughout church history apologists have arisen when needed to defend the faith from prejudice or persecution; official and unofficial. In Acts chapter 5:29 FF we read of one, Gamaliel, a member of the Jewish Council who defended Peter and John's preaching of Christ again...

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Gradual For Easter 2

Take note of the Gradual for Easter 2. When properly understood and interpreted it fills humanity with hope. As St. Paul would say: Think on these things. The Gradual is as follows: Christ is risen from the dead. God the Father has crowned him with glory and honor, He has given him dominion over the works of his hands; he has put all things under his feet. First we s...

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On The Seventh Day He Rested

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. Genesis 2:2...

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Living The Baptismal Life During The Pandemic

The letter that St. Paul wrote the churches in Galatia around 50 AD has lived on through the centuries. One particular segment of it contrasts the works that proceeds from sinful flesh, with the fruit that proceeds from the New Man, led by the Holy Spirit. We might call the format a catalogue of vice and virtue. One that must always guide the baptized, but especially now ...

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Is It A Sin To Miss Worship During This Emergency?

For those who are concerned that missing worship for fear of illness is a sin, let me say that it is not a sin. The sin, according to our faith, is in "despising His Word and the preaching of it." (SC, 3rd Comm.) Such a charge cannot be brought against those who love the Word and Sacraments above all things. So be at peace, call for a pastoral visit if you need one, and...

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