A Lesbian Bishop Learns a Hard Lesson

She got the boot from Jon Bruno: The Episcopal Church’s first “lesbian” bishop was forced out of office by the Bishop of Los Angeles after she defied him by backing the congregation of St James the Great in Newport Beach in its dispute over the proposed sale of its parish properties. On 29 March 2017, …

The Way You'd Really Like a Young Person to Start Bible Study

On his or her own initiative, as was the case with Bossuet.  From R. de la Broise's Bossuet and the Bible, pp. xiv-xv: He was fifteen years old when a happy coincidence came to mind.  His father, who returned to Dijon from time to time, led him (Bossuet) to his office.  There the young man …

The Five Lessons of Creation

From Philo Judaeus, On the Creation of the World, LXI: And in his before mentioned account of the creation of the world, Moses teaches us also many other things, and especially five most beautiful lessons which are superior to all others. In the first place, for the sake of convicting the atheists, he teaches us …

The Geniuses Really Do Commit Suicide…Well, Some of Them

We have some data on the issue: For the first time reliable data has shown that the suicide rate among people working in creative roles is significantly higher than the national average. The first-ever study of suicide by profession from the ONS, which covered England in the years from 2011 to 2015, showed that people …

Paul Quinlan: Run Like a Deer

FEL  S-092 (1967) The ink (printed or handwritten) had barely dried on the Second Vatican Council's documents when Catholic composers and artists began to write songs for what we call the "old folk Mass" but what was revolutionary then.  Leading the pack (in quantity at least) was Paul Quinlan, S.J., who produced an enormous number …

The EU Drives Swedes to Drink

Literally, it has gone up significantly since joining the undemocratic, Procrustean experiment: “Sweden’s alcohol policy is more liberal than 25 years ago, and consumption is 20-25 per cent higher than before we joined the EU.” And this, mind you, with all the tee-totaling Muslim immigrants... I saw this in action because Finland also has serious …

Filet-o-Fish, Fast Food's Gift to Lent

Believe it or not, that's how it got started: The 1960s were early days for McDonald’s and Groen was struggling to make ends meet. So he cast around for a new idea, and spotted that another restaurant was pulling his missing Catholic customers in selling fish. So he put some fried fish in a bun, …

Reflection: Sounds of Salvation

Reflection RL 310 (1974) If there's one genre that's mostly AWOL from the "Jesus Music" era, it's prog.  To a great extent that's still the case; a major exception is this dance troupe, which sets their Christian dance to some very good prog music.  We've featured prog on this site (especially this.)  But at the …

An Anglican Divine Gets the Point

Growing up at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church was my first exposure for the rector to have an earned doctorate.     That exposure came from Hunsdon Cary, who "oversaw" the beginning of the Church Mouse resale shop and whose relatives got the property boot from Jon Bruno.  This has generally not been the case with the churches I …

Painting Ourselves into a Corner at "The Shack"

If our political chaos isn't enough to upset everyone, now we have the film version of William Taylor's The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity.  It's created a great deal of controversy over its implied universalism, it's decidedly LDS portrayal of God as three embodied beings, etc. Personally the heart of the matter centres around the …

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