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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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Lectionary Christianity Theology

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 […]

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Lectionary Christianity music

Sunday for the Baptism of our Lord.

I go to a non-liturgical church, and I don’t believe that the lectionary is necessary. So why am I deliberately, this Sunday, and probably for a while, referring to the Church calendar? I do not think celebrating Holy Days adds to our righteousness or subtracts from it. The Puritans used to strip these things out […]

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Lectionary Christianity

11 January 20

One of the troubles with theological geniuses is that they can’t shut up and have the street smarts of a recalcitrant mule. Give Paul — a fully trained Rabbi by the best Rabbi of his generation Gamaliel– and when Christ encounters him he puts scripture together faster than the workmen that Christ had as disciples. […]

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10 January 20

I am not sure as to how life was in the ancient world, but in the Antipodes any road or lane with the name “Straight Street” is inevitably twisty and curved. The directions, however, to Ananias were clear. Go to Judas’ house on the Straight Street and you will meet Saul, who is blind. Pray […]

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9 January 20

On Sunday we prayed for Australia. Yes, the fires are made worse by human hands setting them, and human regulations ensuring that there is tinder dry undergrowth for the arsonists. That is immaterial. What Australia needs is rain, and lots of it. So we prayed for that. Today it rained. Of course, the narrative is […]

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8 January 20

There are a lot of people who think that the gifts of the spirit apply to them. That it is somewhat akin to being in the brownies or cubs and getting merit badges. But the gifts were given to the church. For the saints, which are those who are of the church. The gift of […]

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Christianity Lectionary

7 Jan 20

I’ve read the Bible for years but did not ever consider that the family I have derives its name from God, despite C.S. Lewis hinting of this when his hero Ransome in “Perelandra” is told that he was named for a reason. What the world has not forgotten is that God made families, and placed […]

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Lectionary music

Sunday, 5 January 20

This year does not seem to be about whimpers, but bangs. Trump has taken out one of the Iranian generals: the left clutch their pearls, between setting up selective outrage about the bushfires that threaten their lattes. All this is designed to amplify a sense of crisis, and remove any power, or more importantly courage. […]