Lenten Disciplines: Fasting

Posted on February 10, 2016
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With the Season of Lent upon us, I’m setting out to explore the traditional Lenten disciplines of fasting, almsgiving and prayer. These disciplines are taken from the opening verses of the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, right in the middle of the Sermon on the Mount. See how Jesus begins each section of…

What is All Saints Day?

Posted on October 30, 2015
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Knowing Our Family We’ve always been curious about our ancestors, to know where we came from and who we are. We’ve also wanted to gain wisdom from the experience of the past, both successes and failures. And we’ve desired communion and reunion of some sort. I know of a family that discovered an brother/uncle that no…

Following Jesus Through the Church Year

Posted on September 29, 2015
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(Make sure to check out our Rookie Anglican Guide to the Church Calendar!) As fall approaches, I look forward to pumpkin spice latte and the change in the color of the leaves. Every year, my family and I look forward to the different seasons. Each season brings its own unique rhythm, weather, traditions, and memories….

What is Advent?

Posted on November 25, 2014
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Advent is the beginning of the Church Year. It is a time of anticipation, a time of preparation, and a time of remembrance. Advent and Christmas are often confused. The confusion arises because most North Americans begin celebrating Christmas before it arrives. Waking up the day after the American Thanksgiving Day, folks start singing Christmas carols, and…

Traditions that are Not in the Bible

Posted on December 30, 2013
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Today I had a great Facebook exchange with a family member’s friend. We were discussing wedding bands. Should married couples wear them? Are there alternative ways to demonstrate one’s marital faithfulness? It was a friendly discussion in which I mostly pontificated as usual. It was a conversation between a few committed Christians who supported each…