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Taste and See

The writer of Psalm 34, we assume King David, is full of praise for the LORD. He seems to have recently experienced a deliverance of some kind from a painful trouble he has endured. He begins by saying, “I will … Continue reading

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Moral Problems due to Metaphysical Confusion

“Christian theology makes it clear that what it means to be good is part of a larger account of the kinds of beings we are and the kind of reality we inhabit. When Paul was in Athens at Mars Hill, … Continue reading

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What is the rite of Confirmation in the Anglican Communion?

I have put this together for my parishoners today – thought I’d post it here. Unedited. ūüôā What is the rite of Confirmation? Confirmation is the last step of Christian initiation into the Holy Catholic Church.(1) Hippolytus (d. AD 235) … Continue reading

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Love as Action – Don’t fret over your feelings

C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity says of … ¬†divine love in the heart of the believer: “But love, in the Christian sense, does not mean an emotion. It is a state not of the feelings but of the will; … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends about Esteeming the Traditional Anglican liturgy

C. S. Lewis appreciated the Anglican Prayer Book liturgy, but did not insist that changes could not be made to it. ¬†Change was alright if truly warranted theologically and done slowly and incrementally. ¬†His main concern was not being distracted … Continue reading

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The book is done

The book is done and is now available on Amazon.com and Kindle (though separately – you’ll have to search for the Kindle). See¬†¬†oldnarniabooks.com¬†for links to both. ¬†UPDATE: 5 July: Feel free to share this post

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The Forty-Two Articles of 1553 – A Selection

I am trying to get back to finishing up my book of prayers on the Thirty-Nine Articles. ¬†I have thought it would be a good thing to read for Lent, but 39 falls one day short. ¬†The idea came to … Continue reading

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Making Our Doubts Worse

Today is the first Sunday after Easter Sunday, and if, instead of sitting here in this building today, we had been among those first disciples on the first Sunday following the resurrection, we would have had Thomas, the twin, with … Continue reading

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Changing Your Mind About God

It should be no surprise to us that sometimes we need to adjust our thinking about God. ¬†Is he not in his being beyond our mental categories? ¬†When C. S. Lewis became England’s most reluctant convert – as he describes … Continue reading

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Craving your patience

Dear Gentle Reader, I apologize for not having updates recently. ¬†I am in the throes of buying and moving into a new house and my time is just swept away. ¬†I will finish my comments on The Discarded Image in … Continue reading

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