I don’t believe in Christmas (2010 revision)

I don’t believe in Christmas, this American disease, this chance to flaunt our less-than-seemly sides and they are Legion. In other seasons mostly I don’t mind so much this jangling sound, this cry like an alarm designed to stir me from the stupor of the everyday; yes, usually let bells ring out, even the rusty ones, and out of tune, but all this noise just jars me now, and pushes me to...
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Pondering a Pair of Parables

(A Sunday School Lesson from St. John the Divine, Houston Texas, 15 August 2010–the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin) Luke 18: 1-14 (ESV) The Persistent Widow and the Unjust Judge, and The Pharisee and the Tax Collector And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor...
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