The Alternative to Easter Sunrise Service…At Sunrise

It's an old Evangelical tradition: the "Easter Sunrise Service," when people get out of bed early to go to church (or somewhere) and celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. For some people--especially musicians--rising from the dead is an easier task than getting up in the morning.  Celebrating anything before noon is …

Scourged and Crucified: A Good Friday Reflection

In all of their glorification of the "giants of the faith," evangelicals either overlook or ignore the fact that same giants were usually far better versed in the classics of antiquity than is common today.   To some extent this is understandable: study of these works has taken a beating the last fifty years, and we …

Bossuet: Elevations On The Temptation And Fall Of Man

This series from Jaques-Benigne Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, and specifically the Fifth Day, is complete.  The table of contents for this is below.  There is more here on the Bossuet Project. The snake. The temptation. Eve is attacked before Adam. The tempter proceeds by underhanded questioning to first produce a doubt. Answer of Eve …

Elevations On The Temptation And Fall Of Man: 16, Eternal death.

This is one in a series from Jaques-Benigne Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, and specifically the Fifth Day.  There is more here on the Bossuet Project. But the great penalty of sin, which alone is proportionate, is eternal death, and this punishment of sin is locked up in sin itself; for sin being nothing other …

Elevations On The Temptation And Fall Of Man: 15, Death, true punishment of sin.

This is one in a series from Jaques-Benigne Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, and specifically the Fifth Day.  There is more here on the Bossuet Project. In the day that you eat the forbidden fruit, you will die of death. In the very end you will die of the death of the soul, which will …

Elevations On The Temptation And Fall Of Man: 14, Following the torture of Adam, the derision of God.

This is one in a series from Jaques-Benigne Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, and specifically the Fifth Day.  There is more here on the Bossuet Project. And God said, Give in to Adam, who has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. Let us take care, then, that one may put his hand …

Elevations On The Temptation And Fall Of Man: 13, The clothes and the injuries of the air.

This is one in a series from Jaques-Benigne Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, and specifically the Fifth Day.  There is more here on the Bossuet Project. And the Lord God made garments of skins for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. Man becomes not only mortal, but exposed, by his mortality, to all the …

Elevations On The Temptation And Fall Of Man: 12, Adam’s torture, and first the work.

This is one in a series from Jaques-Benigne Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, and specifically the Fifth Day.  There is more here on the Bossuet Project. God said to Adam: Because you have listened to the word of your wife. This is where the accusation begins: the man is convinced at first of going along …

Elevations On The Temptation And Fall Of Man: 11, Eve’s torment and how it is changed into a cure.

This is one in a series from Jaques-Benigne Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, and specifically the Fifth Day.  There is more here on the Bossuet Project. The Lord said to this woman: I will multiply your calamities and your births; you will give birth in pain. Fertility is the glory of women; it is there …

Elevations On The Temptation And Fall Of Man: 10, More Excuses.

This is one in a series from Jaques-Benigne Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, and specifically the Fifth Day.  There is more here on the Bossuet Project. And God said to Eve, Why did you do that? She replied: The serpent deceived me. But why did you let yourself be fooled? Did you not have all …

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