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Fasting and Christ. 22 Jan 2020

Fasting and seasons of festivals are part of the law of Moses, and that law is good, god inspired, and profitable. So times of discipline and asceticism need to be balanced with times of celebration. Feasting all the time is bad for you, but so is not celebrating. Christ is the bridegroom for the church, […]

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21 Jan 2020

Last night we were talking: for we have a grief for the mainline churches. We grew up in such, and they were good. But they now love the world too much, and seek the approval of the woke. The woke will not be satisfied. I was left thinking about the need to return to the […]

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20 Jan 2020

While Peter was dealing with Romans, Philip was driven to deal with two groups that were more foreign. He was told to go and walk along a desert road at around noon. You don’t do that. Noel Coward was effete, but he knew this. But Philip was tnen sent to talk to an Ethiopian. Not […]

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The second Sunday after Epiphany: 19 January 2020

The season of Christmas has ended, and we are supposed to be in summer: we are wearing sweaters most mornings and evenings, for the days have been cooler than usual in Southern New Zealand. Australia could do with our showers, and we’d like a bit of their heat. The school holidays are reaching the point […]

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18 January 2020 (Christopher Tolkien: et lux perpetua libera nos)

The problem of legacy and inheritance is very human. We lost one of the faithful sons this week: the last of the Tolkiens has died, and with it the approved publications of the history of middle earth. J.R.R. Tolkien needed an editor, and his scholarly son performed that duty throughout his long life. Christopher Tolkien, […]

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Christ gave proofs of his resurrection (17 January 2020)

Today, I quote a review of a book that Matt Briggs has read so I do not have to. The moderns do not want proof, they want to justify themselves as God. It is just us mere believers that want proof.

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The heresy of sentimentality: 16 Jan 20.

A followup comment from yesterday, from Vox’s site. It is not that there was not a correction, it is that the correction did not anathematize enough. The same thing happened with Llyod Geering, who like de Chardin wanted to make a new Christianity, denying the divine, and invoking the modern “higher” criticism of the late […]

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15 January 20

The political class, particularly the progressives, hate all righteousness, and despise Christians. They see even the material as oppression. The church is seen but as a tool. Hat tip to Vox Day, who reads more widely than I do, but the tactic has always been to use the church as a skin suit. On the […]

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14 January 20 (Roger Scrunton, Basia, and Mgr Gilbey)

Most of what I want to say about the loss of one of the best voices of the Boomers. Who lived through that revolution which destroyed tradition, finding his love of tradition and tribe while the cultural revolution in the West was in the flood. There is more to come, but Adam writes wisely here. […]

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13 Jan 20

If you look at the blessings upon Israel (which are in today’s readings), Kings and Nations were to come from him, and this is often taken as being fulfilled in the Davidic Kingdom, then the dual Kingdoms of Israel and Judah, the restoration and then the Maccabean revolt leading to the Sanhedrin and a scribal […]