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Patristic Quote of the Day

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Matthew 6:12 Whosoever shall deny that this prayer is in this life necessary for every righteous man who knows and does the will of God, except the one Saint of saints, greatly errs, and is utterly incapable of pleasing Him whom he praises.—St. Augustine, On Merit and the Forgiveness of Sins, and the Baptism of Infants Book III:Chapter 23. http://feeds.feedburner.com/WeedonsBlog. . . Read All

Governing Authorities Obeying The Governing Authorities

13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. (Rom. 13:1 (ESV) I often get asked about this chapter in Romans. For many it seems to prohibit any political activism whatsoever. They think that Christians under the Third Reich were subjected with such verses from the Bible. Or they think that Christians are not allowed to offer any opposition to the governing authorities whatsoever, and thus the Revolutionary War shouldn’t be celebrated on the Fourth of July, except that then we wouldn’t be honoring our current governing authorities. Currently I’m using this post as more or less a place holder. I’ve been . . . Read All
Commemoration of Polycarp of Smyrna – Pastor and Martyr

Commemoration of Polycarp of Smyrna – Pastor and Martyr

Today we remember and give thanks for Polycarp of Smyrna, Pastor and Martyr.  Polycarp was a central figure in the early church.  According to his pupil the church father Irenaeus, Polycarp was a disciple of the evangelist John. After serving for many years as bishop of Smyrna, Polycarp was arrested, tried, and executed for his faith on February 23, c. 156. An eyewitness narrative of his death, The Martyrdom of Polycarp, continues to encourage . . . Read All
Elevated diction. . .

Elevated diction. . .

If you are like me and are glued to the telley for every unfolding episode of Downton Abbey, you undoubtedly noticed that the final season is sloughing off the remains of the formal era of living, eating, drinking, and dying as if it were a moth eaten old waistcoat.  They got a wireless to listen to the King and then everything else seemed to go downhill… a daughter married the chauffeur, another daughter had a child out of wedlock, and another daughter is a snob with a raucous past of lovers dying in her bed and suitors being tried out as lovers before husbands…  well, you know.  The problem is not that these things occurred — of course they did. . . Read All
Salvation from ourselves. . .

Salvation from ourselves. . .

Sermon for Lent 2C, preached by the Rev. Daniel Ulrich on Sunday, February 21, 2017. Have you ever seen a young child deliberately ignoring their parents’ directions?  They look at their mother as they slowly grab that forbidden cookie.  Do you know of a teenager who’s broken the house rules?  They quietly sneak in an hour after curfew, trying not to wake mom and dad.  Or have you been with an adult who knowingly broke a law; even one may seem small?  Driving past the 35 miles an hour speed limit sign, they accelerate to 40.  Of course, all of us can answer “yes” to these questions.  We all know of people, both young and old, who’ve ignored and rejected. . . Read All

The collect for Lent II

Is surely striking. It’s so familiar, we may not hear it anymore for the shocker that it is:We ask God’s gracious protection (“by Your mighty power defend us”) against two kinds of dangers. “All adversities that may happen to the body” AND “all evil th…
The Scalia Sermon was not as good as you thought.

The Scalia Sermon was not as good as you thought.

Many Lutherans have been praising Father Scalia’s Sermon at the Mass said for his Father on the occasion of his death.    But I would suggest that those Lutherans let one or two lines shield their eyes from the great error throughout this sermon.  Let me prove this point as I comment on each part of the sermon. Your Eminence Cardinal Wuerl, Your Excellencies, Archbishop Viganò, Bishop Loverde, Bishop Higgins, my brother priests, deacons, distinguished guests, dear friends and faithful gathered: I will not overstep early, but the deference show here is to the hierarchy of the church, extending all the way up to Pope, who demands absolute obedience for salvation. On behalf of our mother and the entire Scalia family, I want . . . Read All
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