‘I am not a barbarian’

[An old piece from a parish newsletter] The long-time dean of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, New York, was a remarkable Russian Orthodox priest and theologian named Alexander Schmemann.  I think that I first became aware of Father Schmemann through a letter called ‘Concerning Women’s Ordination’ which he published in a very obscure little booklet…

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Biblical Literalism

[An older article, slightly revised....  And copyright retained....] Theologians and churchmen in the central tradition of the Church have usually have been left somewhat free in their interpretation of Scripture.  That is not to say that everyone is free to believe anything whatsoever about everything in the Bible whatsoever.  But there are different schools of…

Sermon for Trinity XI

Trinity XI.  August 12, 2018.  Saint Michael & All Angels’, Fleming Is., FL Saint Luke xviii, verse 13 - God be merciful to me a sinner. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. Our parable today is about pride and humility told through the familiar parable…

Trinity X, sermon

Trinity X.  August 5, 2018.  Good Shepherd, Palm Bay, FL St. Luke 19, verse 41 - And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it....  In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. Jesus weeps.  He weeps in my text today as…

Trinity VIII sermon

Trinity VIII.  St. Francis’ Church, Gainesville, GA.  July 22, 2018. St. Matthew vii, verse 15f. - Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. …

Consecration of an Altar

¶ While all is prepared for the consecration of the altar, a hymn may be sung by the people standing.  If the altar is to be consecrated during the Dedication or Consecration of a Church or Chapel, then at the discretion of the Bishop another Psalm or hymn may be said or sung in place…

Abortion and the Zeitgeist

When I was an undergraduate I had a friend named Carl Dolan.  Carl was from New England where he was raised at least vaguely in the Episcopal Church.  Naturally, given that background, by the time he reached college he was an agnostic.  He was, nonetheless, an exceptionally kind and generous soul, often volunteering for good…