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  • "Jesus Really Means What He Says" (Sermon for Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany; Matthew 5:38-48)

    02/22/2014 9:18:37 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 23, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus Really Means What He Says” (Matthew 5:38-48)Listen again to what Jesus says to us in today’s Gospel reading, and tell me what you think: “But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would...
  • "Life and Blessing in God's Commandments" (Sermon, Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, Deut. 30:15-20)

    02/15/2014 9:35:21 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 16, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Life and Blessing in God’s Commandments” (Deuteronomy 30:15-20)I am going to say something that may surprise you today: There is life and blessing in God’s commandments. “What?!” you say. That’s right, I said there is life and blessing in God’s commandments. But you respond, “But, Pastor, I thought the Commandments were there to show us our sin, that God’s Law actually condemns us. How can there be life and blessing in that?” Spoken like a true Lutheran. And true enough, as far as it goes. But there is even more to say about the Ten Commandments than just that. And...
  • "The Word of the Cross, the Power of God" (Sermon for Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany; 1 Cor. 1-2)

    02/08/2014 9:22:16 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 9, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Word of the Cross, the Power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18 – 2:12)As many of you know, these past two weeks I was at our seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to take a continuing education course on the life and work of Bo Giertz. Who was Bo Giertz, you ask? Let me tell you. He was a very important churchman, theologian, and author who lived in Sweden during the 20th century. He was born in 1905, and he died in 1998 at the age of 92. When I was in seminary, I read a book by Bo Giertz called...
  • "On Us a Light Has Dawned" (Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, on Matthew 4:12-25)

    01/25/2014 9:22:50 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 26, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “On Us a Light Has Dawned” (Matthew 4:12-25)After Jesus was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth and was baptized in the Jordan, now it is time for him to undertake his public ministry. So the question arises: Where will he do this? What will be his base of operations? Now you might think that the Messiah, the king of Israel, would set up shop in Jerusalem, the most important city in the land, the religious and political capital, the city of kings, the city of the temple. But if you’re thinking Jerusalem, you would be wrong. Jerusalem will...
  • Obama's Privacy Epiphany

    01/22/2014 2:38:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Last June, after news reports revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) was surreptitiously collecting everyone's telephone records, President Obama called this massive dragnet a "modest encroachment" that "the American people should feel comfortable about." Last Friday, he portrayed the program as a significant threat to privacy. Which is it? Evidently the answer depends on the latest polls, which find that the American people are not as comfortable with the NSA's snooping as Obama said they should be. The president's obvious lack of conviction about the threat posed by mass surveillance makes it hard to believe he is serious about...
  • Minister Takes Teenage Girl to Abortion Clinic, But Pro-Lifers Change Their Minds

    01/20/2014 1:05:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The pro-life organization Pro-Life America shared the inspiring story of a pastor who took a teenager girl to a local abortion clinic for an abortion. But sidewalk counselors were there offering information on abortion alternatives, prayers and support. Thanks to their efforts, Pro-Life America reports that both the pastor and the pregnant girl changed their minds on the abortion. An Assemblies of God minister drove a girl to an #abortion clinic today. According to side walk counselors, the girl and minister were both aggressive. She was cursing. She said, “I’m a Christian and you don’t understand my situation! You’re judging...
  • "Gifted Speakers" (Sermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, on John 1:29-42a, 1 Cor. 1:1-9)

    01/18/2014 6:44:42 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 19, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Gifted Speakers” (John 1:29-42a; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9) Have you ever heard of the St. Louis Speakers Series? Every year there’s a series of lectures, held in St. Louis, given by famous speakers from around the country. Well-known authors, politicians, broadcasters, and the like are brought in, and they’ll give an hour or so talk, followed by questions and answers. The event is held at Powell Hall, and people buy tickets to hear these famous personalities speak. Often in the advertising for these events, the description will say something like, “So-and-so is a gifted speaker who has delighted audiences around the...
  • From Magi to Wise Men – A Homily For Epiphany

    01/05/2014 1:50:54 AM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 1/4/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There are so many wonderful details in the Epiphany story: the call of the Gentiles, the nations, and their enthusiastic response, the significance of the star they see, and the gifts they bring, the dramatic interaction with Herod and their ultimate rejection of him in favor Christ.In this meditation I would like especially to follow these Magi, in their journey of faith to become wise men. As Magi, they followed the faint stars, distant points of light; as Wise Men they follow Jesus who is the ever Glorious Light from Light, true God from true God.We can observe how they...
  • "To Fulfill All Righteousness" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, on Matthew 3:13-17)

    01/11/2014 5:07:04 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 10 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 12, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “To Fulfill All Righteousness” (Matthew 3:13-17)The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ is an event recorded in, or referred to, in all four gospels. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the account of the baptism itself is recorded. In John’s gospel, it is referred to. Clearly God wants us to know that this is an important event in the life and career of Christ, an important event for us to know about. And so it is. Thus the church has set aside the First Sunday after the Epiphany every year for us to focus on the Baptism of Our Lord. As...
  • Pope Epiphany Mass: Follow the light that leads to Christ

    01/06/2014 3:56:55 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 1/6/2014
    Against the majestic surroundings of St Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated Mass on the feast of the Epiphany. On this the day when the Church remembers the revelation of Jesus to humanity in the face of a child, the Pope began the celebration by kissing a statue of the Baby Jesus which was put pride of place in front of the altar. At the heart of the Holy Father’s Homily, was the message that we must never be blinded by the forces of darkness but instead be transformed by the light of Christ. The Pope was referring to the journey...
  • Epiphany sacramentals

    01/06/2014 5:30:48 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    The hermeneutic of continuity ^ | 1/5/14 | Fr Tim Finigan
    Fr Zuhlsdorf has helpfully posted on various sacramentals related to the feast of the Epiphany (see: BEGONE SATAN! Epiphany Blessings, The Devil, and You.) Today at Blackfen we had the blessing of Epiphany water with the Litany, psalms, exorcism, Benedictus and Te Deum all sung. I didn't check the time carefully but I think it took about 40 minutes. The exorcism is quite dramatic: it is a consolation to be able to use it as a parish priest on this occasion. Remember that Satan does not normally manifest his disgusting work by making books fly off the shelves or causing...
  • Israeli injured after Palestinian hurls explosive at Bethlehem holy site

    01/06/2014 2:24:48 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/1/14 | Yaakov Lappin
    Palestinians hurled two improvised grenades at Israelis in Bethlehem on Monday evening in two attacks, injuring one civilian. An explosive was thrown at Rachel's Tomb, causing injuries to one man, who was evacuated to hospital by paramedics. Earlier, an explosive was thrown at an IDF base in the area. No injuries were reported in that attack. Monday's events are the latest indication that Palestinian violence is on the rise, though Israeli policymakers and defense experts remain doubtful that we are on the cusp of a third intifada. Last week, news outlets learned of a secret report by one of the...
  • The Glorious Epiphany of Our Lord - January 6

    01/06/2014 4:44:01 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Various ^ | January 6, 2014
    "And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." ( Jn 1:5) In this icon of the Baptism, Christ receives baptism at the hands of John the Baptist, the last of the prophets of the old Covenant. Here, the Old and New Covenants meet in the water of the Jordan- the old baptism for repentance of sins, and the lasting baptismal rebirth of water and the spirit, as brought by Jesus in the New Covenant (Lk 3:16). For this reason, the bottom of this icon depicts symbols of the initiation Sacraments of the Christian...
  • Epiphany ends the 12 days of Christmas

    01/06/2014 4:32:51 AM PST · by cll · 28 replies
    Youngstown News ^ | 01/06/2014 | The Rev. Thomas M. Constantine
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! You are wondering why I’m still saying Merry Christmas. Christmas was 10 days ago. We all know the song “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Well, contrary to what many people may think, the 12 days of Christmas begins on Christmas Day and ends with the Feast of Theophany or Epiphany, which is Monday, Jan. 6. Theophany has just as an important role in our lives and the life of the Church as Christmas. In the early Church, the Nativity of our Lord and Theophany, the feast of the baptism of Christ, were celebrated together Jan....
  • To love and adore always [Catholic Caucus]

    01/05/2014 12:32:30 PM PST · by mlizzy · 9 replies
    Vultus Christi ^ | 1-5-14 | Fr. Mark Kirby
    For Catherine Mectilde de Bar, the adoration of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament is not an occasional devotion; it is, rather, the direction given to one’s whole life. Adoration is not perpetual because one never leaves one’s prie-dieu before the altar; it is perpetual when one makes the Most Holy Eucharist the treasure of one’s life. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21) In a remarkable conference for the feast of the Epiphany 1694, Mother Mectilde writes: Our vow of adoration binds us indispensably to live only from the life of Jesus...
  • Barbara Walters Discovers That Obama Isn't The Messiah

    12/22/2013 11:47:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2013 | Douglas MacKinnon
    For those who believe in traditional values, Christmas, and the holiday season in general for all those of faith, represent a very special and even sacred time of reflection, gratitude and hope. Unless of course, you are one of the leading voices of the liberal mainstream media and you want to intimate yet again that Barack Obama may be at least a figurative deity here on Earth. Said multi-millionaire, literally limousine-liberal Barbara Walters in response to CNN's further left-leaning Piers Morgan's question about why Obama is struggling so much at the moment: "He made so many promises. We thought he...
  • The Horrific Story That Prompted David Horowitz’s Conservative Transformation

    12/04/2013 2:32:52 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 41 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12-3-2013 | Erica Ritz
    David Horowitz, author of The Black Book of the American Left and the founder and president of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, has spoken at length about how he was raised by “card-carrying communists” who always “described themselves as progressives.” He followed in their footsteps, becoming one of the founders of the New Left in 1960′s, which he described as an organization “formed by children of communists who wanted to get away from the taint that Stalin had put on (communism), and revive the vision.” So what made the born-and-raised communist become the staunch conservative and defender of American liberties...
  • Gavin McInnes: I was a pro-choice atheist. Then I had kids. Now I’m a God-fearing pro-life Catholic

    10/30/2013 3:08:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 30, 2013 | JOHN-HENRY WESTEN
    Those of you familiar with the ever-foul-mouthed Gavin McInnes, the co-founder of Vice magazine (so bad I won’t link to it) and founder of Street Carnage (another sleazy website I can’t link to), might be shocked by his declaration this week that he considers himself a God-fearing pro-life Catholic.  McInnes’ remarks follow a dust-up with feminists during an appearance on a HuffPo panel, during which he dared to suggest that feminism has made women “miserable” by “trivializing motherhood” and forcing women to “pretend to be men.” In a follow-up interview with The Daily Caller today (WARNING: they didn’t bleep out...
  • A Pro-Life Epiphany

    10/28/2013 7:17:16 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://www.jonsorensen.net ^ | October 27, 2013 | Jon Sorensen
    This past Sunday was the beginning of the Respect Life Program, and the pastor at my local parish used the opportunity to explain what the Church teaches with respect to life issues and why. During the homily, I recalled the moment when I realized that Church teaching on these issues made the most sense. Twelve years ago I started dating Amy (she’s my wife now). She was Catholic and I was not, and she must have seen potential in me even though we did not agree on some issues. I had been a convinced atheist for many years, but by...
  • How Richard Nixon and Rodney King Changed my Party Loyalty

    10/19/2013 10:35:41 PM PDT · by lee martell · 53 replies
    October 20 2013 | Lee Martell
    I grew up in a blue collar, Democratic family. We have been Democratic on both sides of the family, at least since the beginning of the 20th century. I never questioned what decisions my party representatives made as a very young man, say 18 years old. I presumed (wrongly) that these elected officials would always do what was right. I also accepted as indisputable fact that , well of course the Republicans were always, always in the wrong. The republicans were greedy and 'keeping us down'. You can imagine my surprise when, as a college freshman in 1975, I heard...
  • Moderate Democrats are quitting on Obamacare (Washington Post-ABC News poll)

    07/23/2013 10:10:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/23/2013 | Scott Clement
    <p>The landmark health-reform law passed in 2010 has never been very popular and always highly partisan, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a group of once loyal Democrats has been steadily turning against Obamacare: Democrats who are ideologically moderate or conservative.</p>
  • Former Gosnell Abortion Worker is Finding God, Becoming Pro-Life

    07/16/2013 7:25:58 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The former employee of the late-term abortion clinic Kermit Gosnell ran saw the worst of the worst in the abortion industry. From dilapidated conditions, to late-term abortions and from infanticide of babies born alive to the killing and injuring of patients, the employees at the Philadelphia-based abortion business likely have a significant amount of emotional distress and mental and spiritual health issues they are dealing with now. But Abby Johnson, herself a former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic who is now a Christian and pro-life, says a former Gosnell worker is rediscovering a relationship with God and may...
  • Why I became a conservative

    06/02/2013 1:03:51 PM PDT · by newheart · 30 replies
    The New Criterion, Vol 21, No. 6 ^ | February 2003 | Roger Scruton
    I was brought up at a time when half the English people voted Conservative at national elections and almost all English intellectuals regarded the term "conservative" as a term of abuse. To be a conservative, I was told, was to be on the side of age against youth, the past against the future, authority against innovation, the "structures" against spontaneity and life. It was enough to understand this, to recognize that one had no choice, as a free-thinking intellectual, save to reject conservatism. The choice remaining was between reform and revolution. Do we improve society bit by bit, or do...
  • Former abortionist tells Congress: You Must Ban late-term abortions

    05/24/2013 10:56:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/24/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Via Greg Hengler, this testimony to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice may be even more chilling than some of the testimony at Kermit Gosnell’s trial. In part, that&http://media.hotair.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/abortion-levantino.jpg#8217;s because former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levantino describes the “normal” process of later-term abortions, and not just the supposedly outlier practices of Gosnell and his co-defendants. Levantino, speaking in support of a bill to ban all abortions after 20 weeks offered by Rep. Trent Franks in response to the exposure of the Gosnell case and others like it, dispassionately describes how abortionists tear fetuses apart limb from limb in such...
  • How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind

    05/19/2013 4:54:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Strange Notions ^ | Dr. Benjamin Wiker
    EDITOR'S NOTE: For the last half of the twentieth century, Antony Flew (1923-2010) was the world's most famous atheist. Long before Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris began taking swipes at religion, Flew was the preeminent spokesman for unbelief.However in 2004, he shocked the world by announcing he had come to believe in God. While never embracing Christianity—Flew only believed in the deistic, Aristotelian conception of God—he became one of the most high-profile and surprising atheist converts. In 2007, he recounted his conversion in a book titled There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His...
  • Ex-Abortion Worker: “I Saw My Lost Child in Jars of Aborted Baby Parts”

    02/12/2013 2:28:48 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    LN ^ | Sarah Terzo
    Much has been written about the emotional trauma that women go through after their abortions. But what most people don’t realize is that abortion is so inherently evil and destructive that it devastates everyone involved – the mother, the father – and the abortion provider. The doctors, nurses, and other clinic workers are human – and repeatedly seeing the bodies of aborted babies and participating in their deaths leaves emotional scars. After giving a graphic description of how to check body parts to make sure everything is out after an abortion, Dr. Don Sloan, abortionist, says the following: “Want to...
  • Black Low Info Voter Converted!

    02/02/2013 10:06:00 AM PST · by Lloyd Marcus · 25 replies
    LloydMarcus.com ^ | 2-2-13 | Lloyd Marcus
    Hi Folks, This is a quick blog from the road. I am on the west coast promoting our first national TV ad confronting Obama's tyranny. Since the election, Obama's fundamental transformation of America has accelerated to warp speed. Every day we are hit with a new crisis, equaling a new excuse to attack and eliminate another one of our God given freedoms. Low-info voters swallow Obama and the Democrat's lies hook, line and sinker. So, I got this text from my brother David who lives on the east coast early this morning at 6am. Early morning and late night calls...
  • "His Word Possessed Authority" (Sermon on Luke 4:31-44)

    02/02/2013 11:53:16 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 3, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “His Word Possessed Authority” (Luke 4:31-44)In today’s Gospel, we catch a glimpse of what the public ministry of Jesus was like. We follow Jesus on what might have been a fairly typical day for him, a very busy day at that. We see Jesus engaged in various ministry activities: teaching, exorcising, healing, and preaching. And the common denominator that runs through these activities? I think we can see it in a little verse from our text: “His word possessed authority.” “His Word Possessed Authority”: in his teaching, in his casting out demons, in his healing the sick, and in his...
  • "Today This Scripture Is Fulfilled in Your Hearing" (Sermon on Luke 4:16-30)

    01/26/2013 2:40:32 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 27, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Today This Scripture Is Fulfilled in Your Hearing” (Luke 4:16-30)The Holy Gospel for today is the account of Jesus at the Nazareth synagogue, right as he was starting his public ministry. Jesus gets up to read one of the lessons. He unrolls the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, and he reads this passage from Isaiah 61: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are...
  • Bishop Says Finding Body of Aborted Baby in Sink Made Him Pro-Life

    01/23/2013 1:51:40 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | January 23, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    Millions of Americans have their own stories about how they arrived at the pro-life position on abortion, but Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has a unique one. He experienced the reality of abortion in a way most people never have.In a new interview with the National Catholic Register, he talked about the experience of seeing the body of a baby who had been victimized by abortion in a sink. It left such an indelible impression on him that he said he will forever be pro-life.From the interview: “Today is a day to repent,” Archbishop Aquila said in his Jan....
  • "Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response" (Sermon)

    01/19/2013 7:12:59 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 20, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response” (Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 128:1-6; John 2:1-11)The readings for today--the Old Testament Reading, the Psalm, and the Holy Gospel--these readings are filled with references to marriage and the family. They use the language and imagery of marriage and the family--and in the Gospel’s case, even the occasion of a wedding--to describe God’s love for humanity. The blessings of marriage and children are gifts that God gives to all people, and they are also pictures of the relationship that God has with his own people, the church. Look at how that...
  • "Christ the Baptized and Baptizer" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, on Luke 3:15-22)

    01/12/2013 3:35:15 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 13, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Christ the Baptized and Baptizer” (Luke 3:15-22)Today in the church year is the Baptism of Our Lord, which we always celebrate on this, the First Sunday after the Epiphany. The Baptism of Our Lord is that auspicious occasion when our Lord Jesus Christ, as he was about to start his public ministry, was baptized by John in the Jordan, and the Spirit descended on him like a dove, and a voice came from heaven, attesting to Jesus as God’s beloved Son, with whom he is well pleased. And so every year on this day the Holy Gospel is the account...
  • B16's Epiphany Gifts: Rings, Miters and Croziers

    01/06/2013 1:15:36 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | January 6, 2013 | Rocco Palmo
    Continuing a JPII tradition he was initially loath to pick up, this morning again saw the Pope mark Epiphany by ordaining a new crop of bishops, the crop of four headlined by the elevation of his longtime personal secretary, now Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who Benedict XVI has made his ultimate gatekeeper by naming the 56 year-old German as prefect of the Papal Household. Two of the other new archbishops – the Nigerian Fortunatus Nwachukwu, 52, and the Genovese Nicolas Thevenin, 54 – will respectively serve as papal nuncio in Nicaragua and Guatemala, while the Italian Angelo Vincenzo Zani, 62, will...
  • "The Gentile Christmas" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Matthew 2:1-12 and Isaiah 60:1-6)

    01/05/2013 4:45:52 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Gentile Christmas” (Matthew 2:1-12; Isaiah 60:1-6)It is often called “the Gentile Christmas.” I’m talking about Epiphany, of course, the festival we are celebrating today. The Epiphany of Our Lord is one of the major festivals in the church year, one of the biggies. It’s a fixed-date festival, meaning it always falls on a certain date, regardless of the day of the week--like Christmas is always on December 25. Epiphany is always January 6, right after the twelve days of Christmas. So if January 6 happened to be on a Friday or a Tuesday, for example, we’d be having service....
  • Why “Celebrate” Christmas—and the Epiphany?

    01/03/2013 12:46:41 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 3, 2013 | Bruce Frohnen
    Did you know that Christmas celebrations were banned in Scotland until 1958? I certainly didn’t, not until my son started working on his sixth grade “Christmas around the World” report. I haven’t looked up what the English did in this regard (Scotland always has had a good deal of autonomy within Britain, and never stopped following its own legal code). But it seems the good Presbyterians of the established Church of Scotland (“the Kirk,” ironically enough for traditional conservatives) thought Christmas was a Catholic holiday, best stamped out with criminal penalties for unwholesome celebrations (pretty much anything outside of church),...
  • A Benedict XVI Epiphany

    01/02/2013 2:39:17 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    First Things ^ | January 2, 2013 | George Weigel
    The solemnity of the Epiphany typically gets short shrift in Latin-rite Catholicism, for while Eastern Christianity lifts up the Epiphany as the apex of the Christmas season, Epiphany in the Western Church tends to get overwhelmed by the tsunami of Christmas, both liturgically and (especially) culturally. When the Epiphany fell in the middle of the week and was a holy day of obligation, its importance as the commemoration of the “manifestation” of the Messiah was underscored; transferred to a Sunday, it tends to become one Sunday among others. The pre-1970 liturgical calendar recognized the significance of the Epiphany by designating...
  • A rare word from Zell Miller: ‘I had a late life conversion’

    07/22/2012 1:07:50 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    The Political Insider ^ | 7-22-12 | Jim Galloway
    Buford, Ga. – There was no mistaking the man who walked through the glass doors of the hotel complex on the shores of Lake Lanier. The trademark shock of white hair remains neatly groomed. The hawk-like nose still juts out over a tight jaw. The eyes are clear and bright. But the stride is gone. Zell Miller walks gingerly now, always with a cane. The former governor and U.S. senator describes himself as an 80-year-old man with 100-year-old legs. “I very, very seldom go anywhere,” Miller said in an interview. Miller’s appearance on Friday was a rare return to a...
  • "The White Clothes of Jesus" (Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord, on Mark 9:2-9)

    02/18/2012 6:48:49 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 19, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The White Clothes of Jesus” (Mark 9:2-9)Today on this last Sunday in the Epiphany season the church celebrates a great, pivotal event in the life and ministry of Jesus, namely, the Transfiguration of Our Lord. Jesus goes up on a high mountain, taking along with him his inner circle of disciples, Peter, James, and John. There he is transfigured before them, that is, his appearance changes, and his clothes become dazzling white. Two great figures from the Old Testament, Moses and Elijah, appear with Jesus and talk with him. The disciples don’t know what to make of all of this....
  • "The Cleansing of Naaman: How Can Water Do Such Great Things?" (Sermon on 2 Kings 5:1-14)

    02/11/2012 11:06:52 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 12, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Cleansing of Naaman: How Can Water Do Such Great Things?” (2 Kings 5:1-14)Our text is the Old Testament Reading for today, the story of the cleansing of Naaman. Short version: Naaman was a man who had leprosy. He was told, “Wash, and be clean.” And, after some objections, Naaman did wash, and he did become clean. But there’s more here than meets the eye, as we will see. For one thing, this story raises the question: How could simply washing in a river--and a pretty unimpressive river, at that--how could that cleanse a man of leprosy? And what does...
  • "And He Healed Many" (Sermon on Mark 1:29-39)

    02/04/2012 8:14:24 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 5, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “And He Healed Many” (Mark 1:29-39)Yesterday, on a pastors’ e-mail list that I’m a part of, one of the men, Pastor Jay Webber of Arizona, brought a prayer request to our group on behalf of his son Paul and daughter-in-law Ruth. He’s given me permission to share this with you, by the way. His daughter-in-law, Ruth Webber, is 23 years old, and she is six months into her first pregnancy. However, she has been diagnosed with advanced gastric cancer, stomach cancer. Her chances for survival, Pastor Webber reports, are not good. Right now she’s up at the Mayo Clinic in...
  • Today, I returned to the abortion clinic where I aborted my babies 12 years ago

    01/26/2012 10:53:52 AM PST · by wagglebee · 65 replies · 1+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/26/12 | Kelly Clinger
    Note: Kelly Clinger, a performer and former backup singer for the pop star Britney Spears, had two abortions when she was in her early twenties. She blogs about her pro-life activities here. January 26, 2012 (KellyClinger.com) - This morning I returned to the clinic where I had my abortions 12 years ago to pray for and plead with moms not to make the decision I made so many years ago. As I pulled into a parking spot, I sat in the car for a minute and closed my eyes. I wanted to pray that I wouldn’t fall apart; but before...
  • "Can Anything Good Come out of Nazareth?" (Sermon on John 1:43-51)

    01/14/2012 3:01:04 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 15, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Can Anything Good Come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:43-51)Can anything good come out of Bonne Terre? Can anything good come out of Potosi? Or let’s be more specific: Can anything good come out of St. Matthew’s? Can anything good come out of Redeemer? Those may be the kinds of questions in the minds of the people we meet and talk to. And the attitude behind the questions would be a rather dubious one. Believe it or not, some people may not think very much of those little podunk towns, Bonne Terre and Potosi, or of those little Lutheran churches, St....
  • On Christmas and Epiphany

    01/07/2012 9:36:44 PM PST · by ELS · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 6, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Christmas and Epiphany "Christmas Is Joy Because We See -- and at Last We Are Sure -- That God Is Man's Good" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 6, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave last Wednesday during the general audience held in Paul VI Audience Hall. The Pope reflected on the feasts of Christmas and the Epiphany. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, I am pleased to welcome you in this first general audience of the new year, and with all my heart I offer you and your families my affectionate good wishes:...
  • "Friday Night Lights" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Matthew 2, Isaiah 60, Ephesians 3)

    01/06/2012 3:37:11 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Friday Night Lights” (Matthew 2:1-12; Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12)“Pastor, have you lost your mind? What are you doing, dragging us out here to church on a Friday night, for goodness’ sakes! And in January, no less!” And my answer to that would be: The reason I’ve asked you all here tonight has to do with the “Friday Night Lights.” Friday night lights. Let me explain. Today is the Epiphany of Our Lord, a major festival of the church year. Epiphany is always January 6--it’s what we call a “fixed-date festival,” determined by the date on the calendar, regardless of the...
  • Happy Epiphany! ...sort of

    01/06/2012 3:02:40 PM PST · by DogwoodSouth · 1 replies
    Southern Fried Catholicism ^ | 1/6/2012 | Brad Noel
    Today is January 6. Which means that it has been twelve days since Christmas. Simple math, really. Why does that matter. Well, today is the “Twelfth Day of Christmas” (you know the song – partridge in a pear tree and all). But beyond an 18th century Christmas carol, there are important historical links between today (January 6) and Christmas. Epiphany and Christmas – what’s the connection? Let’s go back to square one. First of all, nobody (that we know of) thought to write down Jesus’ birthday. Believe it or not, things like exact birthdays just weren’t that important in the...
  • 6th January, The Epiphany of Our Lord

    01/06/2012 2:01:29 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Liturgia Latina ^ | January 6, 2012
    This feast was kept in the East from the third century and its observance spread to the West towards the end of the fourth. The word Epiphany means manifestation, and just as at Christmas, it is the mystery of God appearing in visible form; only no longer does He show Himself to the Jews alone but “on this day" it is “to the Gentiles that God reveals His Son" (Collect). In a magnificent vision, Isaias beheld the Church as typified by Jerusalem, whither should flock kings and nations, the “multitude of the sea" and the “strength of the Gentiles,”...
  • Matthew 2:1-11

    01/06/2012 8:16:13 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    The Visit of the Wise Men 1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men[a] from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose[b] and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he enquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told...
  • (Ehud) Barak: What did We Get for Disengagement? 10,000 Missile Strikes

    12/11/2011 11:47:57 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/12/11 | Gil Ronen
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak alluded to the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza Sunday as he warned that Israel would strike back at terrorists there. "Since Friday, about 36 missiles have been fired from Gaza at Israeli communities," he said in a speech at the World Policy Conference in Vienna. "Israel will know how to defend itself and will not let this situation continue. [Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon evacuated the Gaza Strip and took out every last soldier and civilian, gave instructions to tear down all buildings, even synagogues, so as not to supply any excuse to the Palestinians. And what happened?...
  • Why Did 8 People Turn 180 Degrees on Abortion Stance in Seconds? (180 Movie released)

    09/26/2011 4:49:07 AM PDT · by steadcom · 42 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 9/26/2011 | Alex Murashko
    The evangelist producer of an online documentary to be released this Sunday has high hopes that the film, which shows eight pro-abortion young adults change their stance to pro-life just moments after being asked a question,
  • Weekend Vanity: Heavy Metal Conversion Experience

    09/03/2011 10:03:44 PM PDT · by dagogo redux · 78 replies · 1+ views
    9/3/11 | dagogo redux
    With Labor Day coming up, I find myself again reflecting on the wisdom of our elected leaders, who, in years past, had the insight to offer a holy day of celebration in honor of the American Labor Movement and its Marxist underpinnings. But that’s not all I found myself doing this fine weekend. No, I was on the road for an extended drive in my fairly new, reliable as hell, non-union-built Toyota Tacoma, which came equipped with Sirius Satellite Radio reception. Our single local “conservative talk” station, in typical lame fashion, had again bumped Rush’s Weekend in Review for some...