Why Christians Need Creeds

I came across this little explanation of why Christians need formal creeds via Facebook and Paul McCain’s Cyberbrethren blog. I was especially delighted by point 4. Point 4 mentions that Creeds “relativize the present.” To us, the present seems to be the culmination of all of human history. But the Creeds help us remember that

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The Long Green Season Begins

So why don’t Christmas and Easter last for one day each? Because the Church year uses special festivals and seasons as a way to shape the worshiper’s entire life and orient every moment of that life toward God. So how long do Christmas and Easter last? And what is this trying to teach us? In

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Bowing to the Will of God

It was a case involving a fight between two high-school boys. One youth had totally beaten the other youth, so the defeated youth’s parents had taken the victorious youth (‘s parents) to court for assault. The attorney for the victorious youth asked the defeated youth who had thrown the first punch. The defeated youth said,

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Hymns and Lessons for Advent 3 (B) — Gaudete Sunday 2017

The Third Sunday of Advent marks a real transition Sunday. On this Sunday, the Advent season slides fully into joy as the Church worships not only the Lord who will come at the Second Coming, but also “The Lord who is now nigh and close at hand” — the Christ who is coming with Christmas.

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The Voice of God — Listening in Advent

When once we enter Advent, it can be argued that “Crazy Season” has started for us all. Yes we are preparing … for all the decorating and entertaining and gift-giving of the season. Hmmmm. Well, as you are preparing and hurrying and bustling, think of this: Before refrigerators, people used ice houses to preserve their

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Advent: A Complicated Season !!

I really love Advent! It is a season of the Church Year that is symbolically dense … and complicated.  Advent has an almost Eucharistic focus: Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again. Advent looks in three directions at once: it celebrates that Christ HAS come as promised, that Christ IS present in the world

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Why Does Holy Trinity Change Liturgical Settings?

On this Sunday, the First Sunday in Advent, we will change liturgical settings. For that reason, it might be helpful to explain why we switch liturgical settings five times a year. One Sunday, our Director of Music chanced upon a group of young parents and their children who were discussing “The Third Liturgical Setting” from

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Let Your Light Shine

Ted Engstrom in The Pursuit of Excellence writes: “I was cleaning out a desk drawer when I found a flashlight that I had not used in over a year. I flipped the switch, but wasn’t surprised when it gave no light. I unscrewed ist open and shook it to get the batteries out, but they

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In All Things Charity

In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown is sitting alone, watching television. In storms Lucy, demanding that he change to channels to the one she wants to watch, threatening him with her fat little fist in his face. He asks her what makes her think she can walk in and take over. She blurts out

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Determination

Whether you are a Republican, a Democrat, and Independent, or so non-partisan you don’t even vote, I think you’ll like this story. Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York, wrote in Life Magazine about a time when he was especially discouraged during a political campaign (nevermind why): “I couldn’t help wondering what Poppa would have

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