On How to Achieve True Treasure in Heaven

Hearing Sunday's Gospel lesson, I was struck by the hard simplicity of the demand of the gospel. It was the story of the rich young man (Luke 18:18-27) who had kept all the commandments from his youth (at least he claimed he did and Jesus didn't contradict his claim): "What shall I do to inherit …

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Those Coals of Fire Upon My Head

A few of us from St. Thomas go to lunch most every week. Occasionally someone will buy the group lunch. Of course we all keep a bit of a score card so that no one person gets stuck with the bill all the time. In the end pretty much everyone pays their fare share. Of …

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You Will Be Assimilated. Resistance Is Futile.

Part 2: A critique of the Orthodox Church. Of course reality isn't quite as simple as I made it sound in the previous essay. Orthodoxy has an internally consistent, scripturally based, theologically sound, empirically verifiable claim: The unity Christians seek is a God-given unity which has never been lost, and, as a Divine gift and …

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You Will Be Assimilated. Resistance Is Futile.

Part 1: A critique of George Hunsinger I recently finished reading George Hunsinger's book, Eucharist and Ministry: Let Us Keep the Feast, as part of a discussion group of Lutheran and Orthodox clergy, pre-clergy, and post-clergy folk (the last category being me, of course). Hunsinger brings a handful of specific proposals to the discussion table; …

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Land of the Less Free and Home of the “Whatever”

Anecdotal evidence indicates Americans who are able are leaving the country in droves. Among those that are leaving, a significant percentage are also expatriating (that is, giving up the U.S. citizenship). The eastern Caribbean country of St. Kitts/Nevis, which has for years had an economic citizenship program (ie, a way in which a person can …

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