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Growing out of Faith

Growing out of Faith

I had an interesting conversation this week that reinforced my prejudice. My friend talked about looking at the work and textbooks for, say, Maths, Physics, or Biology for senior secondary school students. And then my friend looked at the level of religious, ethical, and philosophical discussion used for similar aged students – that was at… Continue Reading

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Parish Baptism Sponsor

Parish Baptism Sponsor

When I was a parish priest I set up parish sponsors for baptism. The family of the child being baptised would choose godparents who made the promises at the baptism. The parish would also choose a “parish sponsor”. The parish sponsor gave the lighted candle and was encouraged to keep up contact. The parish sponsor… Continue Reading

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Mystery or Mockery?

Mystery or Mockery?

The debate here isn’t: is the above action a valid baptism? [Though that might very well be a worthwhile discussion.] My question, watching the video, is when does making something more contemporary tip over into mockery of the mystery? And, when I keep thinking that through, it’s not actually the contemporariness that is the issue.… Continue Reading

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Baptism of Christ

Baptism of Christ

Although this collect may draw from shared traditions (see commentary), the collect I am currently suggesting for the First Sunday in Ordinary Time (January 7), celebrating Christ’s baptism, is a reworking of a collect by Cranmer for Christmas. Let us pray (in silence) [that we will be faithful to our baptism] Pause Eternal Father, you… Continue Reading

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Consecration?

Consecration?

I had a fascinating discussion recently with someone I deeply respect who kept pressing me to deeper clarification about what actually happens at baptism. What difference does it actually make? I have this conversation in mind with the news of the consecration of Auckland’s Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral. What actually happens when a church building… Continue Reading

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Evangelism

Evangelism

A very thorough survey in Great Britain this year (weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults) has come up with a conclusion that may surprise many: Two-thirds of Christians become Christians between the ages of 0 and 4 years old. So what is the church’s focus on this pre-school age? Are we facilitating… Continue Reading

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