Doxology: A Summary

Note: This summer I have the privilege of conducting an independent study with Dr. Hughes Oliphant Old, professor of reformed liturgics at Erskine Theological Seminary as well as a visiting lecturer at Princeton Theological Seminary. As part of that study, I will be reading a number of books related to our studies of Christian worship….

SS. Peter and Paul

This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost. The Christian Almanac records that June 29 is remembered by the Church as the day the apostle Paul was beheaded with a sword in the city of Rome. Some place his execution as early as 62 A.D. and others as late as 67 A.D. Nevertheless, from the…

Just Felicity

My Son’s Future Wife

My son says that someday he will take a wife. Not yet. When he is big. He will need a job, he says. Because he will have to buy her lots of clothes. He says that when he is big and takes a wife he will get in his car and drive away. He says…

Who Needs Phonics?

In The Love of Learning and Desire for God, Jean Leclercq describes the grammar studies in Benedictine monasteries: “During the Merovingian period, this teaching program was reduced practically to the psalms: and instead of beginning by the grammatical analysis of letters, then of syllables, words, and finally of sentences, the child is immediately put in…

A Pure Bride

One of the things worth pointing out every so often is that the Bible’s sensibilities are not always what we might think of as holy or pious. For example, you will find the Bible using graphic sexual imagery to describe the immorality of Israel, or Paul says, concerning the Judaizers who were trying to get…

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 12:21-51

Opening Prayer: Our Father, you Word is a great and powerful story. We do not know how it works, but you have determined to remake this world by the telling and retelling of this story. We thank you for Moses and Aaron, and we thank you for all of the faithful saints who killed lambs…

Using God’s Gifts to Rule

The writer of Hebrews says that the church gathered together in worship constitutes Mt. Zion, the city of the Living God, a heavenly Jerusalem (Heb. 12:22). In Ephesians Paul says that we are citizens with the saints and members of the household of God (2:19). In other words, the Christian Church is a new city,…

Holy Trinity Weekly

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost. The Christian Almanac records that on June 22, 431 A.D. the Third Ecumenical Council began in the city of Ephesus, on the west coast of modern day Turkey. This council was called to deal with yet another controversy related to the nature of Christ. One of the…

What He Said

I’m putting some toys away with my son when he looks up with his eyebrows signalling concern. “Dad?”“Yes?”“Sometimes I eat baby soap.”“Oh. Does it taste good?”“Yeah. I really like it.” “Huh. Ok.”