On The Transfiguration – Anastasius of Sinai

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It is good for us to be here Upon Mount Tabor, Jesus revealed to his disciples a heavenly mystery. While living among them he had spoken of the kingdom and of his second coming in glory, but to banish from their hearts any possible doubt concerning the kingdom and to confirm their faith in what lay in the future by … Read More

John Chrysostom on The Incarnation

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Think not, therefore, it is of small things you are hearing, when you hear of this birth, but rouse up your mind, and straightway tremble, being told that God has come upon earth. For so marvellous was this, and beyond expectation, that because of these things the very angels formed a choir, and in behalf of the world offered up … Read More

Spurgeon On Loving Sinners

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O ye that are now in the flock, think of the love of Christ to you when you were outside the fold; when you had no wish to return; when seeing him pursuing you, you only ran faster to escape his almighty love!  Notwithstanding all my rebellion, and all my wilful transgression, he still loved me with his heart, and … Read More

Cultural Humility and Same-Sex Marriage

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Gavin Ortlund writes: 99.8%+ of human cultures have considered gender diversity to be of the essence of marriage, and even in our culture almost everyone understood marriage this way, until the last 5-10 years, including President Obama. As Chief Justice John Roberts put it, this view of marriage has “formed the basis of human society for millennia, for the Kalahari … Read More

Thick Communities and The Future of The Church

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“Most of us do not live in thick communities.  My contention is that if we do not develop these communities, then our faith, over a generation or two, will be lost. Modernity is that corrosive of the faith’s foundations.”  Rod Dreher More here: (a useful summary of Dreher’s ideas and response to critique: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/noah-the-benedict-option/)

Christ’s Descent Into Hell – Holy Saturday

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Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh … Read More

Who Can Speak Of Jesus But Himself? – Spurgeon

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My Brothers and Sisters, who can speak of Jesus but Himself? He masters all our eloquence. His perfection exceeds our understanding! The light of His excellence is too bright for us, it blinds our eyes! Our Beloved must be His own mirror. None but Jesus can reveal Jesus! He sets Himself forth by many choice metaphors and instructive emblems by … Read More

How Can We Repay God? – Basil of Caesarea

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What words can adequately describe God’s gifts? They are so many that they cannot be numbered. They are so great that any one of them demands our total gratitude in response. Yet even though we cannot speak of it worthily, there is one gift which no thoughtful man can pass over in silence. God fashioned man in his own image and likeness; … Read More

The Binding Power Of Love – Clement of Rome

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Who can express the binding power of divine love? Who can find words for the splendour of its beauty? Beyond all description are the heights to which it lifts us. Love unites us to God; it cancels innumerable sins, has no limits to its endurance, bears everything patiently. Love is neither servile nor arrogant. It does not provoke schisms or … Read More

Unity Through Love – Ignatius of Antioch

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Ignatius was Bishop of Antioch from 67 to 107 AD.  On his way to martyrdom in Rome he wrote a letter to the church at Ephesus urging them to unity. In practical terms this comes from spending time together with other Christians, a natural consequence of faith seeking love.  He writes: Try to gather together more frequently to give thanks to God and to praise … Read More