We get a completely new set of people

Thomas Long, writing in his book Accompany Them With Singing: The Christian Funeral, imagines a funeral for a wife and mother named Annette. The funeral he imagines is, like so many others, "sweet and nostalgic", featuring readings of Psalm 23 and Proverbs 31, and celebrating that she "was a good woman, a good Christian". He... Continue Reading →

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Possessing wealth, lacking power

"Then Peter said, Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk."  Acts 3:6 F. F. Bruce:  "According to Cornelius a Lapide, Thomas Aquinas once called on Pope Innocent II when the latter was counting out a large sum of... Continue Reading →

Revealing God Where He Already Is

Roland Bainton on Martin Luther's view of communion: "The sacrament for him was not a chunk of God fallen like a meteorite from heaven. God does not need to fall from heaven because he is everywhere present throughout his creation as a sustaining and animating force, and Christ as God is likewise universal, but his... Continue Reading →

The necessity of contemplating beauty

Melinda Selmys, from her book Sexual Authenticity: "Beauty is not largely an irrelevant addendum to the life of the soul. It is through beauty that we come to understand the appeal of heaven. The atheist can't get excited about sitting around forever with the big man on the throne. The sexual sinner can't imagine an... Continue Reading →

not a god has wounds, but thou

  Jesus of the Scars by Edward Shillito (1872 – 1948) If we have never sought, we seek Thee now; Thine eyes burn through the dark, our only stars; We must have sight of thorn-pricks on Thy brow, We must have Thee, O Jesus of the Scars. The heavens frighten us; they are too calm;... Continue Reading →

Prodigal sons and rejected stones

  Eve Tushnet: "The Church should be the place for prodigal sons and rejected stones, at least as much as it’s the place for elder brothers and other respectable types. The early Church promised that those who gave up family or marriage to follow Jesus would find a new family, a new home, with fellow... Continue Reading →

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