Keeping the Rules or Keeping the Relationship? A Sermon on Matthew 5:21-37

You have heard it said, “The Old Testament is a book of law and judgment.” You have heard it said, “The New Testament is a book of grace and love.” But I say to you, “Welcome to today’s gospel!” (Matthew 5:21-37, Epiphany 6A) Today’s gospel won’t let us make those simple and inaccurate distinctions. Jesus’ words show continuity and consistency between the Old and the … Continue reading Keeping the Rules or Keeping the Relationship? A Sermon on Matthew 5:21-37

Required Reading: The Book of Created Things, Written By The Gulf Oil Spill

Once a man who was considered to be wise approached St. Anthony and asked him, “How do you ever manage to carry on, Father, deprived as you are of the consolation of books?” St. Anthony replied, “My book, sir philosopher, is the nature of created things, and it is always at hand when I wish to read the words of God.” (Evagrius Ponticus, The Praktikos, … Continue reading Required Reading: The Book of Created Things, Written By The Gulf Oil Spill

Extreme Pilgrim – A Journey to St. Anthony’s Monastery

The following video (about an hour) is a BBC production documenting the journey of Father Peter Owen-Jones, an Anglican priest, to the monastery of St. Anthony in the Egyptian desert. Father Peter is going to the desert where “there’s no escape, there’s no distraction” and we face and deal with our “issues.” He will live alone in a cave for three weeks under the guidance … Continue reading Extreme Pilgrim – A Journey to St. Anthony’s Monastery

“If You Consider Me Wise, Become As I Am”

Today, January 17, is the Feast of St. Antony of Egypt. We remember with thanksgiving his life and seek his prayers and guidance for our own lives. His biography, The Life of Antony, was written by St. Athanasius. St. Antony’s desert journey began one Sunday morning in a small Egyptian village in the year 270 or 271 when he heard these words: “If you want … Continue reading “If You Consider Me Wise, Become As I Am”