A Few of the People that Live in My House

Yes, that’s a q-tip in her ear.River is quite proud of his caterpillar and butterfly exhibit.River in front of the river.River in front of the falls in downtown Greenville. Just FelicityFelicity the WhiteMy RoommatesMy Four Favorite People

The Table of Demons

“The things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.” (1 Cor. 10:20-21) One…

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: First Commandment: Exodus XXI: Dt. 7

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, Father, Son, and Spirit, we bow before you now as people who are members of an idolatrous culture. We have not served you and you alone, and therefore we cry out to you for mercy and grace. You are our life, our hope, and our salvation. Speak to us now, break…

Destroying Idols

Throughout Scripture we are told that God is the Lord of Hosts, Yahweh Sabaoth. This means that we serve the God of armies. The Triune God is the God who is at war with all sin, all wickedness, and all idols. And this means that not only does God hate all sin, but He hates…

Why I Won’t Convert Part 3 or Doing the Dishes: The Ancient Catholic Faith

One of the common claims of “converts” to Rome and Constantinople is that they were seeking real unity. They wanted perhaps the unity of the universal church in all of the world, the unity of worship practice, the unity of authority in the bishops (and/or the pope), the unity of history, the unity of tradition,…

Why I Won’t Convert Part 2

I posted this a while back and then this a few days after that, but apparently it’s necessary to go over this issue a bit more. The most important reasons for not converting to Rome or Constantinople or Atlanta or Houston or Moscow have nothing to do with icons, apostolic succession, sacraments, or liturgy. The…

Eating the Word

“O LORD, You know; remember me and visit me, And take vengeance for me on my persecutors. In Your enduring patience, do not take me away. Know that for Your sake I have suffered rebuke. Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my…

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 20

Opening Prayer: Our Father, so often the things that we need to learn the most are the things that we hear all the time. Those things which we think we know and understand are the ones that we are sometimes actually far from really getting. Protect us from blindness now, open our eyes and ears,…

Called into the Storm

In the book of Genesis, Abraham is called to a strange land far from home where he is given the entire land of Canaan. Abraham is given the deed of the land, but of course, God says that it will be hundreds of years before the land will look like it is his. But Abraham…

The Firstborn Son

Buried in the notes below in the outline from my sermon this last week, is the observation that the priesthood is based on the concept of the “firstborn son.” Israel is called Yahweh’s firstborn son and because Pharaoh refuses to release him, Yahweh strikes down Pharaoh’s firstborn son. Based on this tenth plague and the…