Doh! Archbishop of Canterbury forgets what it means to become a Christian

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

While undertaking a revision of the traditional christening (or baptismal) service, the Church of England has pretty much negated the whole enterprise.Whereas once parents and godparents were asked if they "reject the devil and all rebellion against God," along with "the sins that separate us from God and neighbor," the new language prompts disavowal of "evil . . . and all its empty promises." It's a fine thought, but hardly an adequate baptismal renunciation.The revisions are, as the … [Read more...]

What’s the point of Lent?

What's the point with Lent?

Lent is the time we’re supposed to forgo things, right? Television, alcohol, Facebook, dessert. We’ve all heard the commonly asked question, particularly at the start of the forty-day fasting period: “What are you giving up for Lent?”But why? What’s the point? For some, it’s personal. Fasting exercises a rarely used muscle in the human will—self denial—and giving up a self-indulgent activity can help build character and possibly bring us closer to God.For others, it’s health. Inspired by … [Read more...]

Participating in the light of Christ

The Cross and the World

Moses first meets God in the glow of a burning bush. After spending time with the Lord later in the story, he comes down from the mountain with a face that shines so bright he needs a veil. And when he appears in the gospel narratives with Elijah at the Transfiguration, he is awash with the uncreated light of God. These images from the scriptures are, among other things, snapshots in a progression of a life lived with God, a growing, intensifying illumination.The Church celebrated Epiphany … [Read more...]

Connecting Christmas, Easter

Detail from mosaic depicting the Nativity

Christ is born!Do Christians put too much emphasis on Christmas and not enough on Easter? It may sound surprising, but it turns out that several serious theologians and Christian thinkers have been saying so of late. But not so fast! You can’t pit one holiday against the other. … [Read more...]


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