From Christification: A Lutheran Approach to Theosis by Jordan Cooper: "There are many different approaches to theosis in various authors and traditions, but there are two primary strands of thought on this subject. First, there is the earlier formulation as explained in Irenaeus and Athanasius. This approach to theosis is primarily theological in nature, arising … Continue reading Two Kinds of #Theosis
Description: The Summa Theologica (or the Summa Theologiae or simply the Summa, written between 1265–1274) is the most famous work of Thomas Aquinas, even though it was never finished. It was intended as a manual for beginners and a compilation of all of the main theological teachings of that time. It summarizes the reasoning for … Continue reading FREE Summa Theologica Audio
St. Thomas Aquinas on whether drunkenness is a sin. It is best to read the entire portion but I have selected two quotes to encourage you to read him for yourself. Drunkenness may be understood in two ways. First, it may signify the defect itself of a man resulting from his drinking much wine, the … Continue reading Whether drunkenness is a sin?
The Catena Bible site (and app) are a tremendous resource containing historic commentary from the Church Fathers, the Byzantine Fathers and the Western Fathers. To read the commentary click a Bible verse. Have a look! https://catenabible.com/bible/gn Yours in the Lord, jm
Revd Dr Peter Toon: Septuagesima, Sexagesima & Quinquagesima are in fact three Latin words and they indicate how far away we are from Easter - that is, 70, 60 & 50 days respectively. From the fifth century after Christ these Sundays emerged as a preparatory cycle for Lent in the West. The Latin names arose … Continue reading What is Septuagesima?
This Wednesday I will receive the imposition of ashes. I will start the day with prayer and fasting, eating after the service and Holy Communion has been received. The plan so far is to abstain from meat Wednesdays and Fridays throughout Lent, setting specific time aside for prayer and limiting my claroic intake so I … Continue reading Preparing for Lent
I know, I know I've posted,"I'm giving up Romish/Popish holidays for Lent!" but lately I've been attending an Anglican Church and will be taking part this year. The Liturgy has become soul soothing especially the Evening Prayer services. God willing I'll post some reflections as the season unfolds. As always please leave your comments and … Continue reading Lent
Even if you disagree with John Calvin on predestination and election, you will love his pastoral nature and insights. Read Calvin's Institutes in 2018 and experience the master theologian for yourself. Yours in the Lord, jm
Well, it's that time of year again. I feel like I'm pretty much alone on this issue so "why not give up?" I ask myself. I dunno. Maybe I will. Maybe we shouldn't base our faith on scripture alone? Maybe some tradition is good? Maybe a lot of tradition is not only good but needful? … Continue reading Christmas Mashup
Reblog from Orthodox Christian Theology written by Craig Truglia in October 2016: Several crucial doctrines separate Roman Catholicism/Eastern Orthodoxy/Etcetera from Reformed Christianity. Among these are the beliefs in baptismal regeneration, propitiatory penances, and the idea that sexual gratification (even in marriage) exists only for the purpose of procreation. What if I told you that not only are … Continue reading Gnosticism’s Influence on Early Church Monasticism and Asecticism