A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: Pot Postaled to Pennsylvania Pastor

Cops: 10 pounds of pot wrongly sent to Pennsylvania pastor

From Associated Press
April 21, 2017 8:14 AM EST

YEADON, Pa. (AP)-- Police are trying to determine who shipped 10 pounds of marijuana from California to a pastor in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Yeadon police tell WTXF-TV (http://bit.ly/2pJoU9o ) the drugs arrived Thursday, in bundles stuffed into a plastic bucket inside a cardboard box that was delivered by United Parcel Service.

The package was sent from Sacramento.

But the woman who received it is a church pastor who tells authorities it wasn't meant for her. Police believe someone else might have been instructed to watch for the package, but failed to pick it up.

Police Chief Donald Molineux (mawl-in-OH') says the pastor is "very upset and traumatized" and afraid someone might come to her home looking for the drugs.

Police are hoping surveillance video from a drop-off location will identify who shipped the package.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Competition for the Kingdom

Years ago there were two churches in a certain community, a Methodist church and a Baptist Church.

The Baptists were temporarily without a pastor when a church deacon died. The family asked the Methodist pastor if he would conduct the funeral service.

This was the Methodist's pastor's first year in the ministry, and he felt he needed approval from the bishop of the area. So he sent a telegram asking, "May I have approval to bury a Baptist deacon?"

The bishop quickly replied with a telegram that read, "Bury all the Baptists you can!"*

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Scriptures and Prayer for the Feast of Saint Mark

Old Testament: Isaiah 52:7-10

Psalter: Psalm 2

Epistle: Ephesians 4:7-8, 11-16

Gospel: Mark 1:1-15 or Mark 16:15-20
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Almighty God, by the hand of Mark the evangelist you have given to your Church the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God: We thank you for this witness, and pray that we may be firmly grounded in its truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Scientist and a Christian on the Possibility of Miracles

...but what about miracles? Christianity can't dodge this issue, because at its heart is the claim of the stupendous miracle of Christ's resurrection....we surely can't suppose that it was through a clever exploitation of chaos theory that Jesus was raised from the dead, never to die again. If this happened (as I believe it did), it was a miraculous, divine act of great power.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Scriptures and Prayer for the Second Sunday of Easter

First Reading: Acts 4:13-21

Psalter: Psalm 16

Epistle: 1 Peter 1:3-9

Gospel: John 20:19-31
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Blessed are you, O God of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom we receive the legacy of a living hope, born again not only from his death but also from his resurrection. May we who have received forgiveness of sins through the Holy Spirit live to set others free, until, at length, we enter the inheritance that is imperishable and unfading, where Christ lives and reigns with you and the same Spirit. Amen.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday at the Cinema: Resurrection Roundtable

With Helen Bond, Larry Hurtado, and Sara Parvis.

Scriptures and Prayer for Saturday in Easter Week

First Reading: Acts 4:13-21

Psalter: Psalm 118:14-18 or Psalm 118:19-24

Gospel: Mark 16:9-15, 20
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We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Scriptures and Prayer for Friday in Easter Week

First Reading: Acts 4:1-12

Psalter: Psalm 116:1-8 or Psalm 118:19-24

Gospel: John 21:1-14
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Almighty Father, who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give us grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Scriptures and Prayer for Thursday in Easter Week

First Reading: Acts 3:11-26

Psalter: Psalm 8 or Psalm 114 or Psalm 118:19-24

Gospel: Luke 24:36-48
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Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.