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Saturday
Nov122016

Some Reflections on the Consecration of a Bishop according to the Book of Common Prayer

 

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The Consecration of St Augustine, painted by Jaume Huguet between 1466 and 1475.

By Sue Careless

Disorganized religion, anyone?

MANY PEOPLE SAY that they don’t attend a place of worship because they hate “organized” religion. But this invites the question: Would they prefer disorganized religion? Part of being organized involves having leaders who must be held accountable to those they serve. “To ordain” comes from the Latin ordinare, “to set in order” or “to arrange” as well as “to rule or regulate.” “Holy Orders” comes from the Latin word ordo or “order.” Freedom, in Western culture, has come to mean the total absence of any authority

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Saturday
Nov122016

Bob Dylan’s Biblical Imagination

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For text of full article, please visit:


http://theweek.com/articles/655168/bob-dylans-biblical-imagination

 

For Further Reading and Listening

“I CONSIDER myself a poet first and a musician second,” singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has said.

Literary critic and scholar Sir Christopher Ricks claims Bob Dylan is the greatest living user of the English language and deserves

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Saturday
Nov122016

Appealing to Canterbury Over Recent Election

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

For years we have been told to ‘engage in the process.’ However, it has become apparent over the events of the last year that the progressive leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada have themselves become impatient with the process. They now seem to organise the canons and processes around their own agenda. L’Eglise c’est moi! Engaging in the process includes protesting when that process is being manipulated, thwarted and, quite simply, rigged. And so we are most grateful for the bold witness of the Rev’ds Henderson, Mercer and Sider-Hamilton in challenging their episcopal overlords on the misuse of their authority and in drawing it to the attention of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Whilst we recognise that Justin Welby has no canonical authority to intervene in the affairs of Canada, their letter will at least give him some sense of the true picture of the state

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Sunday
Aug282016

Angels at War: 

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Gustav Dore’s 1866 engraving of St. Michael casting out rebel angels from heaven.


A Sermon for the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels

BY Jason Postma

IN THE SPIRITUAL fervour of my teenage years, I was enraptured by the novels of Frank Peretti. Peretti’s appeal was rooted in his stark portrayal of the war between good and evil, particularly the sequences in which armour-clad angels waged battle against demons straight from the pit of hell. The earnest realism and cosmic scope of these scenes was both exhilarating and frightening, leading me to conclude

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Sunday
Aug282016

Why women are more religious than men

WOMEN are in general more likely to believe in and practice a religion than men are. The difference is not vast if you aggregate all creeds and countries (83.4% of women identify with a faith versus 79.9% of men) but for certain countries and faiths the gap is striking. In America, 60% of women see religion as very significant in their lives versus 47% of men, according to Pew Research, a think-tank in Washington, DC. Across the world, female Muslims are only fractionally more devout than their male co-religionists, but Christian women far outstrip men in their levels of piety.

One factor is that in the practice of long-established religions, women have more staying power

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