The Greenville News covers the story of my ordination and pulls in the Bob Jones University link. The comments add local color. Read more

  Do you remember the apostate bishop on the bus ride from hell to heaven in C.S.Lewis’ masterpiece The Great Divorce? He wallows in a sentimental spirituality mixed with a pompous intellectual vagueness that values ‘the spirit of inquiry’ instead of following Truth.In reply to the friend who asks him to repent and come to the light the apostate bishop says, “Ah, we must all interpret those beautiful words in our own way! for me there is no such thing… Read more

In viewing some of the photos from my ordination I’ve had several questions about my peculiar clerical garb.For those interested in questions of clerical haberdashery, I wear an Anglican style cassock as a reminder of my former incarnation in that most venerable, but now faded and jaded denomination. With that I wear a Roman style cincture and over it all, the Benedictine scapular. I am an oblate of Downside Abbey in England, and oblates who are entitled to wear clerical… Read more

One of the good things about Netflix is that you can get minor movies that are only a few years old to watch again. I don’t think Pleasantville was too hot at the box office, but like Groundhog Day, it is a fascinating fantasy film with strong theological themes. The plot involves two contemporary teenagers from a broken family who get sucked into a black and white TV show. It’s called Pleasantville and its a 1950’s Andy of Mayberry, Dick… Read more

A friend recently said that his brother, who is training to be a Baptist pastor, has got engaged to his soon to be third wife. The second marriage only lasted two years.It brought to mind a conversation with another former Anglican priest friend a few years back who had just exited the Anglican Church. One of the deciders for him was the fact that the Anglican Church seemed to have virtually no agreed standards when it came to marriage. He… Read more

Today I was interviewed by a newspaper reporter who, it turned out, was a fellow Bob Jones University graduate.Among other set questions she asked, “What is your most important belief?”My reply: For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.”She… Read more

  I hadn’t read a Graham Greene novel in years, but remembering the tale of the ‘whiskey priest’ in The Power and the Glory I got it down and re-read it last week. I can remember reading Greene as an Anglican student and asking my Catholic friend, June Reynolds what she thought of him. She chuckled and said, “I’m afraid he’s too complicated for me. Catholicism’s simpler than that.” Now as a Catholic of ten years, and as a priest,… Read more

C.S.Lewis once observed, “How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different are the saints!”Therese of Lisieux wrote, ” All the saints will be indebted to each other…Who knows the joy we shall experience in beholding the glory of the great saints and knowing that by a secret disposition of Providence we have contributed there unto…and do you not think that on their side the great saints, seeing what they owe to quite little souls,… Read more

St Elizabeth Ann Seton proves that the following types of people can be saints:MothersWivesSchoolteachersAmericansAmericans who go to live in EuropeAmericans who go to live in Europe and move back to AmericaAnglican converts.Five out of seven….I’m starting to feel uncomfortable…. Read more

David Palmer, a former Anglican priest, tells a great tale going from a nominally Anglican family, to New Age hippy, converted by a Baptist, drawn further by Anglican Franciscans, ordained, next stop Anglo Catholicism, and finally Home to Rome.His story highlights the life changing witness and work of our Evangelical brothers and sisters. If the Free Church Sunday School teachers and Baptist missionary to New Age hippies hadn’t done their work David may never have found Christ at all.Read it… Read more

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