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Children in Church

Children in Church

I have long been passionate about having children in church. This is a Throwback-Thursday post that is certainly worth repeating. One of the chapters in my book Celebrating Eucharist is Chapter 18 – Children at the Eucharist. At a synod I attended, our church’s national youth adviser stood up and declared that our years of… Continue Reading

Sacrifice Part 4

Sacrifice Part 4

First read:Accept This SacrificeSacrifice Part 1Sacrifice Part 2Sacrifice Part 3 The previous post on sacrifice looked at Paul’s use of the idea of sacrifice while the Jerusalem temple was still active – offering daily sacrifice. We can (too) easily read back post-Temple understanding of sacrifice into Paul’s language. To help us understand the effect on… Continue Reading

Resources for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Resources for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Let us pray (in silence) [that we grow into Christ’s new life] pause O God,from whom all good things come,grant that,by your inspiration,we may discern what is right,and by your merciful guiding may do it;through Jesus Christwho is alive with you,in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever.Amen. The above is… Continue Reading

Sacrifice Part 3

Sacrifice Part 3

First read:Accept This SacrificeSacrifice Part 1Sacrifice Part 2 Let’s start a New Testament reflection with θυσία (thusia). This word in the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible translates 8 different Hebrew words. We have to be aware that some of the New Testament is written before the destruction of the Jerusalem temple; there are still… Continue Reading

Eastern Orthodox Easter

Eastern Orthodox Easter

This year Eastern Orthodox Easter Day fell on 28 April. Western Easter Day was a week earlier, on 21 April. Both East and West follow the Nicene calculation: The first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. The Eastern Orthodox Church continues to follow the Julian calendar when calculating the… Continue Reading

Women Deacons

Women Deacons

Deacons likewise must be serious, not double-tongued, not indulging in much wine, not greedy for money; they must hold fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them first be tested; then, if they prove themselves blameless, let them serve as deacons. Women likewise must be serious, not slanderers, but… Continue Reading

Resources for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Resources for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Let us pray (in silence) [that God will make us one in mind and heart] pause O God,you inspire the hearts of the faithful with a single longing,grant your people to love what you commandand to desire what you promise,so that in all the changes and chancesof this uncertain world,our hearts may surely there be… Continue Reading




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