The Basic Problem(s) with the Episcopal Church

We found the whole report entitled "Is the Episcopal Church Growing (or Declining?)" a fascinating one to digest, not only from a ministry professional standpoint but as an analysis of the present state of the TEC. ("Present" may be a stretch; the report stops in 2002, just before the firestorm erupted over Vickie Gene Robinson's …

The Island Chronicles: In Print at Last

We are pleased to announce that The Island Chronicles--our premier work--is now in print. The first two installments, Paludavia (The Swamp Road) and At the Inlet, are immediately available, and the last two, The Final Decision and Two Paths, will be very shortly. These represent the fourth and fifth books this webmaster has had published …

British Airways Defeated by the Cross

We are gratified that British Airways has finally seen daylight on the issue of whether one of their check-in personnel could wear a small cross on the job. What surprises us is that so much of the UK, a society that is riddled with rabid secuarlism and political correctness, rose up in outcry over this …

The Event of the Season

The Christmas/Advent season is upon us at last, complete with the culture war over replacing a Christian holiday with a secuarlist/pagan one. It's sad that it has come to that, especially since this isn't the first time that we have different religions celebrating something at the same time of year. So let's really brighten up …

Catholic vs. Episcopal Liturgical Changes: The Difference

Dr. Peter Toon's article on Virtue Online about the difference between the changes wrought by the Catholic and Episcopal churches in the 1960's and 1970's is essentially correct but needs some expansion, particularly on the Catholic side of things. The years preceding Vatican II were interesting ones in Catholic thought because there were two trends …

The Holy Father Looks for the Best

Back in 2004, we wrote an article entitled Think Before You Convert. In it we went through the pros and cons of Anglicanism vs. Roman Catholicism. We also said the following: One thing that gets kicked around in Anglican circles is the idea of an "Anglican Rite" within Roman Catholicism. From a Roman Catholic viewpoint, …

Women in Ministry: They Have Always Stood for Inspection

As sort of a follow up to our earlier posting on this subject, we relate the story of a military chaplain who has served with distinction in Afghanistan and Iraq. His wife felt the call to the chaplaincy, so she, with four children, enrolled in seminary and began preparations to be the first husband and …

The Volte-Face of the Left on the Draft

Although it's been proposed before, we still find it hard to believe that a Democrat like Charles Rangel is actually proposing to reinstate the draft. Perhaps however it's a poison pill: Rangel himself stated the following: There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on …

Women in Ministry: A Popular Feature

In the course of developing materials and articles for this website, one that we added some time ago that has become a favourite of many of you has been our "Women in Ministry" article which we feature on our Island Chronicles page. There are actually two of them there: one more in favour, from the …

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