The Parable of the Persistent Widow

Luke 18 New International Version (NIV)

1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

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A Prayer for 13 September 2015

Grant, O Lord, Thy protection
And in protection, strength
And in strength, understanding
And in understanding, knowledge
And in knowledge, the knowledge of justice
And in the knowledge of justice, the love of it
And in the love of it, the love of all existences
And in that love, the love of spirit and all creation.

Amen

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A Prayer for 9 September 2016

Our Father, we beg Your blessing for the weak, the sick and the old; all who are finding themselves being targets of the vicious attacks of the adversary; we ask that our Lord Jesus bless and protect all who stand up for the Christian dignity of persons. That you Holy Father enlighten those who are traveling down death’s highway by their involvement, in any way, with either the aspects of the contemporary culture which are emblematic of Satan, the cult of the self, relativism, or any of the new age errors of our times, we pray that you envelop our culture with Your Divine protection and help us both individually and as a nation to true enlightenment, conversion and repentance of our selves and restoration of our culture. Help us to turn from our national sin of greed and materialism, and return to, and once again, become a Christian nation, on the narrow road, that is, the path to becoming one nation under God undivided by ego, personal agenda and selfishness. Amen.

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Is Jesus the answer to “What’s after death?”

Recent statistical studies have shown that among young people there is an increasing number turning away from or were never introduced to Christianity. Astonishingly these same studies show large percentages of these same young people have a growing desire to know what lies after death.   Their concerns seem to indicate that want to believe that there is something else rather than to accept the secular atheist answer that this is all there is.

Many of these youth—like their parents before them—become seekers, or those who closely examine or participate in various spiritual paths; usually outside Christianity as they have been Continue reading

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The Emperor’s New Clothes

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” (Danish: Kejserens nye Klæder) is a short tale by Hans Christian Andersen about two con artyists who promise an emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. [1]

A vain Emperor who cares about nothing except wearing and displaying clothes hires two tailors who promise him the finest, best suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or “hopelessly stupid”. The Emperor’s ministers cannot see the clothes themselves, but pretend that they can for fear of appearing unfit for their positions and the Emperor does the same. Finally the weavers report that the suit is finished, they mime dressing him and the Emperor marches in procession before his subjects. The townsfolk play along with the pretense, not wanting to appear unfit for their positions or stupid. Then a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor suspects the assertion is true, but continues the procession. [1]

I often think of this folktale when I witness modern day people believing that which is ostensibly lies.  As the above excerpt from an Wikipedia entry points out, Continue reading

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Mentoring the New Christian

Episcopis Contemplationes

Self identifying as a Bishop of an independent Christian church, one might presume that I peruse many Christian periodicals and online sources related to Christian news, inspiration, and philosophy and one would be correct in that presumption as I am guilty as charged. However it would be a mistake to assume that all who identify as Christian also avail themselves of the many opportunities for continuing Christian education that are available online as well as at local retail establishments. Sadly it has become apparent—as heralded by many Christian writers—that our various Christian churches, primarily Protestant churches, have grossly failed to teach the basics of Christian thought, philosophy, and tradition.

This general complaint—that of failure to do what some refer to as to disciple newly made Christians—was recently again lamented

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The Benedict Option

Episcopis Contemplationes

The Benedict Option:

A Series of Essays Exploring the Future of Christianity In a Post Christian America

Why We Are At this Point: One Perspective

For years prognosticators have warned that America would follow Western Europe down a path of social destruction in which traditional values, conventional customs and constitutional rights would be rejected in favor of a moral relativism that sends the message to all that it is acceptable to do as

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