Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Salvation of Lilith

I scrambled to find the right words. How to explain to my old friend Frederica Mathewes-Green the theme of George MacDonald’s great fantasy novel Lilith? But the words would not come. Well, perhaps that’s not quite true. Words came, but … Continue reading

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“Let us open ourselves to the light, and become disciples of the Lord”

“The commandment of the Lord shines clearly, enlightening the eyes.” Receive Christ, receive power to see, receive your light, “that you may plainly recognize both God and man. “More delightful than gold and precious stones, more desirable than honey and the … Continue reading

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Do We Have Consensus: Decision-making in the parish church

This is a short unpublished paper that I found very useful during my years as a parish pastor. If you are a pastor, you too may find it useful. Even if you’re not, you may find ways to adapt the … Continue reading

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What is God?

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Thomas Aquinas on God and Evil

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St John of Damascus on the Providence of God

“God is both Creator and Provider,” writes St John of Damascus, “and is power of creating, sustaining, and providing is his good will. For ‘whatsoever the Lord pleased he hath done, in heaven, and in earth’ [Ps 134:6], and none … Continue reading

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“However much you exceed in wealth, so much so do you fall short in love”

You call him teacher, and you won’t do his lessons? You acknowledge him to be good, and what he gives you you throw away? But, surely, he who is good supplies good things; this is obvious. Although what you ask … Continue reading

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