A Royal Visit to Our Home, Fifty Years Out

I mentioned a short time ago that the "fives" were well equipped with anniversaries.  I just realised that I have missed one: the 20 January 1965 visit of Belgian Prince Alexandre de Rethy to our business and home in Palm Beach, complete with a reception at the Colony.  You can view the account of that visit …

"Man Clothed in the Omnipotence of God": Bossuet on Faith and Prayer

I'm briefly interrupting my posts from Bossuet's Elevations to deal with a subject that Matt Kennedy at Stand Firm takes up: the meaning of Mark 11:23-24.  I honestly think that Bossuet, "the Eagle", (who was very Augustinian) has a much more accurate and inspiring treatment of the passage. The following comes from Bossuet's Meditations on the …

God, His Unity and Perfection: The Unity of God

Continuing in Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, 1,4: Hear, Israel: the Lord your God is one God, because he is who is, he who is indivisible.  All which is not perfect, degenerates from perfection.  Thus the Lord your God being the perfect one is alone and there is no other God but him.  All that …

Women Bishops in the Church of England: The Chickens Are In the Roost

Matt Kennedy at Stand Firm finds Archbishop John Sentamu's response about the propriety of women bishops disconcerting: His appeal is to the supreme authority of scripture. How does the Archbishop of York answer? Setamu calmly continued with the service, stating that the appointment of a female bishop was now “part of the law of the …

God, His Unity and Perfection: More on the Being of God and His Eternal Beatitude

Continuing on in Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, in this case 1,3 (the previous one is here): I AM WHO AM. HE WHO IS, hath sent me to you. It is so that God defined himself.  It is to say that God is he in which non-being has no place, who thus is always, and …

Then, We Couldn't Get Married. Now, We're Forced To.

Oh, the web we weave when we get charged up for a cause before we think things through: Until recently, same-sex couples could not legally marry. Now, some are finding they must wed if they want to keep their partner's job-based health insurance and other benefits. With same-sex marriage now legal in 35 states and …

God, His Unity and Perfection: The Perfection and Eternity of God

This is from Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, 1,2.  The previous elevation is here. It is said: the perfect is not, it is only an idea of our spirit which goes rising from the imperfect which one sees with one's eyes to a perfection which only has reality in thought.  This is the reasoning which …

Sometimes We Wish Our Opponent's Predictions Came True

I'll bet that the Obama White House wishes that about this: In March 2012, on the floor of the United States Senate, Mike Lee (R-UT) predicted that if Obama was reelected gas would cost $5.45 per gallon by the start 2015. Lee said that gas prices would rise 5 cents for every month Obama was …

God, His Unity and Perfection: The Being of God

I am starting another series from Jaques-Bénigne Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, starting with the first one. This would be 1,1. From all eternity, God is: God is perfect: God is happy: God is one. The impious asks: why is God? I answer him: why shouldn't he be? Is it because he is perfect and …

Why I Support the Idea of Believers' Baptism

My church's news site recently noted a gathering down in Jamaica which was a consultation on believers' baptism.  There were a couple of ministers from my church there, along with representatives of the World Council of Churches. I'm always nervous when our ministers get involved with WCC people and events.  They are like young Siegfried, …

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