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The PC Police Will Come for the Orthodox!

Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: Liberal Christianity will not survive for a long time
From here:

Intervention at the opening session of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, Geneva, 13 February 2008

I would like to draw your attention to the danger of liberal Christianity. The liberalization of moral standards, initiated by some Protestant and Anglican communities several decades ago and developing with ever-increasing speed, has now brought us to a situation where we can no longer preach one and the same code of moral conduct. We can no longer speak about Christian morality, because moral standards promoted by 'traditional' and 'liberal' Christians are markedly different, and the abyss between these two wings of contemporary Christianity is rapidly growing.

We are being told by some allegedly Christian leaders, who still bear the titles of Reverends and Most Reverends, that marriage between a woman and a man is no longer the o…
by Peter Ould

You won
but I didn’t lose
You gave your all
and now you want
So I’m waving
my white flag
and I can’t tell
if the blood smears
on it
are mine

Peter Ould is the Curate at Christ Church Ware, an Evangelical Anglican church in the Diocese of St Albans, UK. He became a Christian in 1994. He began by worshipping in house churches (Vineyard and New Frontiers) and eventually settled in the Church of England. He attended Vicar Factory in Oxford where he helped to setup the international networking group Anglican Mainstream with which he is still involved.

Peter, who self-identifies as "post-gay", speaks and writes on issues of sexuality and identity. He works with groups like Living Waters UK and TFT to bring the message of restoration and wholeness for all of God’s people. He is currently the chair of Redeemed Lives UK. Peter is also a member of New Wine Leaders Network and Forward in Faith UK.

He is married to Gayle…

Do You Know What is Good for You?

Father Stephen at Glory to God For All Things addresses the question of what is truely "good" for us.

"We live in a culture that has a fairly clear idea of what is good for a human being. We have notions of the “American Dream” and other ideals. Self-help books abound, each with its own understanding of what it means to be healthy, successful, well-balanced, etc. Frequently these cultural norms run counter to the writings of the Church Fathers - sometimes scandalously so. Consider the following excerpt from the Desert Fathers:

Euprepius blessed us with this benediction: May fear, humility, lack of food and Godly sorrow be with you.

I am certain that were I to end a meeting in my parish with such a blessing many people would be either confused, maybe even outraged. There are things in our culture that treat fear as always a bad thing; almost nothing in our culture promotes humility (consider things like “American Idol”), lack of food is a curse and Godly sorrow is just the…

For Those Recovering From Divorce

The Single Sign
Hope Rapson

First one, then another, locusts came
Slowly chewing in small bite size pieces
Then with larger jaws, ripping chunks.
A roar of blackness filling the sky
Making one run for cover sensing all is lost.
The inner drumming of anxious thoughts
Hears a frenzied decrescendo
Ending in deathlike rest
Fear rises to look…hope pushes to the window.
Midday dawns again… a landscape wiped clean...

A dry dusty mouth sighs at sightlessness-
Seeds sown, seedlings grown, now gone.
Stumbling, searching for a single sign,
The wounded draws to slake the thirst of loss.
The dipper serves a single mustard seed.
Deep within the walking earth
Vision forms, a blooming possibility.
A stirring in miniature beholds horizon-
A hill where three lone trunks stand
Mark the place to draw the line.

Days of undetermined length and focus pass.
Dreams shared severed, goals given way to getting,
Hopes hurt beyond helping
Surprise the heart with storms and calms
Walled up, but waiting to be healed.

Beyond the boundaries…a s…

Truth Inhabits Fiction

The Algerian Jew, Jacques Derrida, wrote that "Truth inhabits fiction as the master of the house." Such is the case with Mary A's short piece, found at BabyBlue, here:

It is worth reading for the entertainment and because it poses the question "What is true?", a question every thoughtful Anglican is presently asking.

Response to Sayers’ “Lost Tools of Learning”

Alice C. Linsley

I have been fond of Dorothy Sayers’ writing for over twenty years. It was while reading her Lord Peter Whimsey novels that I came to appreciate the power of literary fiction and I began to write fiction. I consider Sayers’ Nine Tailors and Gaudy Night to be the most finely crafted English mystery novels ever written. They reveal her exceptional eye for detail in story telling, her remarkable vocabulary and grasp of syntax, and her spiritual insights.

Sayers' facility with the English language rests on her exceptionally good classical training. In “The Lost Tools of Learning” Sayers begins by criticizing the modern tendency to regard specialized talking heads as “authorities” on everything from morals to DNA. She opines that the greatest authorities on the failure of modern education are those who learned nothing. We can imagine chuckles coming from some in her audience and frowns on the faces of self-important academics.

While Sayers is correct that we can’t “tu…

A New Link and What's Coming

Readers will note a new link at Students Publish Here! This is the blog of my friend Ed Pacht, a wonderful writer, poet and literary critic. Please take a moment to visit his blog and read some of his thoughtful work.

What's Coming Next?

Very soon I will post my response to Dorothy Sayers' "The Lost Tools of Learning" and a poem written by my sister, Hope Rapson, celebrating God's grace in her life as she has recovered from divorce. Then comes a poem by Peter Ould, a priest in the Church of England, who left the gay lifestyle. Both Hope and Peter can speak to the power of God to change lives and transform hearts.

In February I'll post some suggestions for Creative Writing teachers on how to get your students' work published.

I'm interested in hearing about topics that might be of interest to you, and will consider them as I plan ahead. The year 2008 promises to be a good one for Students Publish Here!