HALLOWEEN

HALLOWEEN

Ghouls, ghosts, and witches, warlocks, and spooks of all kinds. These, along with every sort of Disney princess and comic book hero, seem to be the common theme of the average Halloween celebrations in American culture today. Of course, many rural places add a harvest theme to the celebration, and if you want truly scary… Read More ›

PREPARATION: THE PRACTICAL SIDE

PREPARATION: THE PRACTICAL SIDE

This Lenten Season, it is my hope that I will learn and grow in spiritual disciplines; that my family will learn and grow in the same; and also, of course, that my students and parishioners will be sanctified in the practice of those disciplines which the Church, through the wisdom and guidance of God, has placed… Read More ›

COMMON CORE MISSES THE MARK

COMMON CORE MISSES THE MARK

Mr. Martin Cothran was interviewed by David Kern of the Circe Institute regarding the Common Core State Standards Initiative in American Education, known as “Common Core.” Cothran begins: The Common Core standards are important because of the number of children that will be affected by national standards which are eliminating content knowledge and trying to replace… Read More ›

A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

In contemporary Christian culture, we hear much talk about having a “personal relationship” with Jesus.  Though not the only way to speak of it, this is a reasonable way to describe the covenant our triune God makes with us. Yet,  it is important to understand how that relationship is manifested. I have a relationship with my… Read More ›

FROM BUCHENWALD TO BACH

FROM BUCHENWALD TO BACH

A REPORT FROM GERMANY WITH THE ST. ANDREW’S ACADEMY CHOIR Yesterday, as of this writing, the St. Andrew’s travelers went to Buchenwald, the first major death camp of the Nazis to be liberated by American troops.  Sobering is the only word I have found thus far to describe it.  Even in 2015, 70 years after… Read More ›

THE CHURCH OUR MOTHER

THE CHURCH OUR MOTHER

In his letter to the Galatians, in chapter four, St. Paul says that the “Jerusalem which is above is free; which is the mother of us all” (26). And, at the beginning of chapter five, he says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free….” We are children of the free woman, says St. Paul, and… Read More ›