Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | October 21, 2014

An Unscientific Gift from Darwin to Believers

Read much around and you’ll find many Christians have a problem with Darwin.

Used to be I fancied myself above all that. Right. Have to say I was more upset that folks were upset than that I bothered with their discomfort. Not the warmest thing, thinking your fellows wrong because of their desire for certainty, huh? Well… yeah. Conceit runs in many places – including mine.

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Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | July 31, 2014

“Let your soul rejoice in the Lord”

“Let your soul rejoice in the Lord,
for He has clothed you with the robe of salvation!
Let your soul rejoice in the Lord!
He has covered you in a garment of gladness...

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Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | June 3, 2014

Wither Wanderest Thou Spirit

Looking over the Orthodox Blogosphere, our once swarming horde of posters has receded like an ebb tide. Perhaps many have tapped their keys along the way of completing their transformation… or at least the molting of their old skins… and fulfilled their initial phases only to move into deeper waters. Perhaps others have found, that sticking in the uncomfortable middle between one life and another perpetuates a vulnerability they’d rather pass beyond. But whatever it is that thins our ranks, withdrawal for a space yields much fruit at times.

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Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | March 20, 2014

Resolve for a Lenten Life in Christ

“Our Life in Christ is a cycle of repentance and renewal. We must fast from ourselves, from our “me’s, our my’s, and our mines”, that we might find and shift our focus to feasting with (and on) Christ…. His body, His blood, His Life, His Kingdom, His people and His Word… that in all their fullness….  they might be embodied in us, run through our veins, fill our lives, and find their voice in our words and deeds.”

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Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | March 6, 2014

Canon of St. Andrew

As this is the season of joyous renewal (Great Lent) together with awareness that the drifting accumulations in our lives have perhaps run other than expected…

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Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | February 12, 2014

Parish Council Meetings and Not

In our parish, we’ve now scheduled and cancelled three council meetings since the first of the year… which is great and all. I mean the best kind of meeting is the kind we don’t need… only at some point that’s gotta stop… and then what? So pondering this, I’ve been in communication with my crewe…

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Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | February 8, 2014

Sloggin’ by the Way

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Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | November 16, 2013

Seeing the Kingdom of God

‘Now there was one of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night, and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God because no one can perform the signs which you accomplish unless God is with him.
 
 Jesus answered him, “Amen, amen, I tell you; unless one is born anew, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”’ – John 3:1-3
 

For many months, our parish has been engaged in securing the services of an iconographer and working to develop a plan for the decoration of the church, and through research, prayer and visiting other parishes, we have come along a course of discovery about our faith, our church and each other. Unlike so many of the committees we’ve endured over the years… Continue Reading

Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | October 16, 2013

Beauty and the People of God

The more time I spend in this church, the more I understand how tremendously I underestimated her wonders. This is not saying that I came into her with anything less than the best expectations you as you would expect at any marriage, but only that my expectations were far too modest. Continue reading…

Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | September 26, 2013

Letting our inner joy breathe

Abbott Tryphon writes compellingly of the vow made at his monastery to visit the outside world only with clear intention to share their love of Christ by wearing it in an outward smile. I treasure this thought.

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