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Fundamentalists

Fundamentalism, be it religious or political, is hazardous to your health. Pasadena California assistant prosecutor Michael Dowd is such a fundamentalist, and enemy of the church of Jesus Christ. A fundamentalist is a person who can only operate within the most narrow of boundries for fear of losing everything that is important to them. The 2020 flu epidemic has expos...

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What Are The Gospels?

The four gospels should not be thought of or treated as literary documents, but as the presence of Christ among his people. They are the verbal icon of Christ. They are the church's prayer, the church's liturgy, the church's story and her participation in the mysteries of Christ. They are the "power of God unto salvation to all who believe " (Romans 1:16). They are a sacr...

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Reasons Not To Live Stream Holy Worship

You should know, Gentle Reader, that I have resisted writing on this subject for fear of scorching the ecclesiastical earth. But today I received an emailfrom a company that sells and installs live streaming equipment in churches. The email is entitled: Top Three Reasons To Live Stream Worship. When this pandemic invaded the earth in March of 2020 no one was prepared, lea...

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Psalm 138 - A Prayer For Today

The 138th Psalm, assigned for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost in Series A, makes a perfect prayer for today. The fear of coronavirus has invaded the world, as surely as if space aliens had landed. Never before, except at the Flood and Tower of Babel, was there world-wide dismay and distress. Never before has such panic been induced by those whose vocation it is to make peo...

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Be Strong And Courageous

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 ...

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Courage

The gospel for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost fills us with great courage! And that is something we can all use right now. Read it, and meditate on it, and be consoled and calmed by it. (Matthew 14:22-33) 22 And immediately he ordered the disciples to get into the boat and to go ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd; 23 and when he had dismissed t...

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"You Adversary The Devil" (1 Peter 5:8)

When I heard the snap of the trap under the kitchen sink, this is what I found.Naturally, being a pastor, I instantly saw the theological lesson herein. It may be a bit vivid (nothing worse than you see on TV), but a picture is worth a thousand words. St. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 2:11, " ... so that we might not be outwitted by Satan, for we are not unaware of his d...

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For Pastors Only - Anamnesis

The church's "tradition" is anamnesis, that is to say the celebration of the kerygma of the gospel of salvation by Eucharistic remembrance. What Christians call "the" liturgy is the blessed "format" which is, if you like, the delivery system. But it is not only that. To use another picture, think of soup served inside of a bread bowl. Both the "dish" and meal are edible. ...

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Liturgical Understanding

Beloved in Christ may God open our eyes to see what is before them! May we understand what it means to gather as "the Great Congregation" (Ps. 22:25). May we apprehend the utter, unique and overwhelming power of Divine Goodness that is unleashed in all the earth as we commune with our Lord Christ, on his Holy Day, in his Father's Holy House. Christ is "all in all". He...

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Wisdom For The Day From C.S. Lewis

Few Christians today are aware of C.S. Lewis (Clive Staples Lewis). He was born on November 29, 1898, but his death on 11/22/63 was overshadowed by the JFK assassination. Lewis was an Irish born scholar, novelist, theologian and Christian apologist, who had a gift of making complicated things simple. Of cutting through all the string, and getting to the prize. Below yo...

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