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Article 22: Purgatory, etc.

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 22 states: XXII. Of Purgatory The Romish Doctrine concerning Purgatory, Pardons, Worshipping, and Adoration, as well of Images as of Reliques, and also invocation of Saints, … Continue reading

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Article 16: Sin after Baptism

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 16 states: XVI. Of Sin after Baptism Not every deadly sin willingly committed after Baptism is sin against the Holy Ghost, and unpardonable. Wherefore the grant … Continue reading

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Praying Psalm 51 in Lent

Psalm 51 is probably the most famous of the penitential psalms.  Unsurprisingly, it has been set to one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written by a human being.  Traditionally it is sung (or just read and prayed) as … Continue reading

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Praying Psalm 38 in Lent

Have you ever felt guilty, and sorry for something that you did wrong?  Has the sting of your own sin ever pierced your heart?  This is an experience that can be tricky to handle.  Our culture generally encourages us to … Continue reading

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Praying Psalm 32 in Lent

When I first being introduced to the liturgical tradition of prayer (while serving as pianist at Roman Catholic Masses during college), something that struck me as strange was how much time the prayers spent telling God what He had already … Continue reading

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the Forgiveness of Sins

One of the big complaints our culture seems to have with Christianity today is our obsession with sin.  Christians are against abortion “because it’s a sin.”  Christians are against gay marriage “because it’s a sin.”  Christians claim to have “good … Continue reading

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the Light of the World

Merry Christmas! Or, dare I say, happy holidays! The three days immediately following Christmas Day are also major holy days in the Christian year. December 26th commemorates St. Stephen, the Deacon and martyr, whose story is told in the book … Continue reading

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