One Type of Person

On the Orthodox ecclesiastical calendar the three Sundays before Lent (this year, Feb. 9, 16, 23) are a group called the Triodian: The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, and Judgement Sunday where the sheep and goats text from Mat. 25 is read. In a sense all three …

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Anselm, our Debt to God, and Lent

Poor Mr. Anselm! He's one of the favorite whipping boys for the Orthodox when they complain about where the West went astray in their doctrine of salvation. This has always offended me (yes, "offended" ... I don't think it's too strong a term) because while Anselm was a product of thinking and worldview of the …

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Old Tom Bombadil and the Monks

An essay taking evangelicals to task for dabbling in Lent, called Much Ado about Something?, was recommended to me this week. Author Kenneth Stewart's historical facts were accurate enough, but he espouses a form of primitivism that I simply don't comprehend. Primitivism is the belief that the apostolic church was a pure church and everything …

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