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Midweek Blog: Preserving One's Virginity through Suicide?

Well, it’s Wednesday again and that means another Midweek Blog coming. However, this week, I wanted to interrupt our series on the Apostolic Fathers to discuss an intriguing theme from a fourth-century preacher, John Chrysostom. 1,017 more words

Church History

Sin Is Not Inevitable: The battle against temptation

Rev. Royce V. Gregerson

12th Sunday Through the Year

21 June 2015

The sea of Galilee, upon which the scene from this Sunday’s Gospel takes place, is really a lake, much smaller even than the Great Lakes of the Midwestern United States. 1,990 more words


Psalm 5

For the End: A Psalm of David for Her That Obtained the Inheritance.

Augustine, regarding the superscription: The feminine pronoun is used of the church, which receives eternal life as its inheritance through our Lord Jesus Christ so as to possess God and so as to be blessed by holding fast to him… The voice in this psalm is that of the church called to its inheritance, so that it in turn may be the Lord’s inheritance. 1,701 more words


Catching and Casting Light (Part 2)  

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. 1,193 more words


day_25: gold, "proved by the fire"

For as a gold refiner having cast a piece of gold into the furnace suffers it to be proved by the fire until such time as he sees it has become purer: even so God permits the souls of men to be tested by troubles until they become pure and transparent and have reaped much profit from this process of sifting: wherefore this is the greatest species of benefit. 33 more words


What Is God Waiting For?

Sometimes I think that God wants to lavish God’s goodness on us more than we want to seek God out but God withholds such extended grace until we are ready to receive that grace as individuals and as the corporate people of God, until that grace works effectively in God’s world for God’s glory and for our good. 621 more words

A blunt assessment

As I prepared for our church’s Tenebrae service last week, I read some of the homilies of John Chrysostom on the passion narratives in Matthew. Oddly, what struck me most forcefully was not his exposition of the events of the trial, suffering, and crucifixion of Christ, but his blunt criticism of the congregants to whom he preached. 352 more words