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The heritage of our Western legal system is built upon the tradition of Common Law and the foundation of Biblical Law. The Christian tradition has continually called even the most powerful to submit to God's law. St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan in the fourth century, famously called Emperor Theodosius to submit to the universal ethical standards of God's Law. At...
Review: Christianity and the State  by Rev. Dr. Rousas John Rushdoony Ross House Books: 1986. 192 pgs. Read on November 10, 2017. Only Dr. Rousas John Rushdoony could successfully connect Donatism to modern anarchism in the same book that connects Thomistic metaphysics to totalitarianism. Someone reading this could easy be discouraged by what appears to be Rushdoony's attack on every form of government,...
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The Scripture Lessons: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 and Philippians 2:1-13, and Matthew 21:23-32. Lessons read from the Revised Common Lectionary for the Sunday closest to September 28 (Proper 21, Year A). The Sermon: "Generational Shame & the Gospel" delivered on October 1, 2017 at Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 1801 Oak Avenue, Davis, CA 95616. Holy Communion is Sundays at 4 pm....

Worship as Mission

Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission f… (Paperback)
In his lecture entitled “The Goal of Mission–Worship” Bishop Frank Lyons points out that mission and worship are hardly connected in any meaningful way in our contemporary missiological resources. Citing the work of Stephen Bevans in Constant in Contexts (2004), Bishop Lyons maintains that our mission and worship are integral to each other. A second aspect noted in his...
Anselm Macias
I am the father of four. We lost our second covenant child at eight weeks to miscarriage. To honor his memory and preserve the dignity of his short life, we named him Anselm and committed him to a Christian burial on Saturday, April 25, 2015. His namesake St. Anselm gives us comfort in his words: "For I do not seek...
Harvey Hurricane
I'd like to shamelessly plug the need for your support, donations, and prayer for the hurricane relief efforts in Texas, throughout the Gulf Coast, Caribbean, and now in Florida. The Anglican Relief and Development Fund is on the ground helping relief efforts. I'd also like to offer the following prayers adapted (and slightly modified as indicated by asterisks) from the "PRAYERS...
Here are the required "texts" I'll be working through this fall. I plan to post my discussion thoughts and other reflections as posts here as well. The classes are taught online through the Google Classroom system. The first book is from Introduction to Systematic Theology with Eugene Schlesinger, Ph.D. and the remaining are from Introduction to Global Mission with The Rt....
Victor Schreffler Assumpta Macias
As I was working on another project, I was scrolling through photographs hidden in the deep recesses of my Macbook's hard drive and stumbled upon this snapshot of Father Victor holding my daughter Assumpta post-baptismal service. Assumpta Marie was baptized into the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church on Palm Sunday 2016 at Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church in Davis,...
Children Ministry
As a father and a church leader, protecting our children from the devastating consequences of sexual abuse is very important to me. My heart has been broken by the stories of pain and suffering caused by sexual abuse. Yesterday, I sat in on a workshop by our Diocese explaining our spiritual mandate to protect the children in our congregations. You can watch a recording of...
St. Basil the Great
Our son Basil (short "a") was born on August 28, 2017 and his name immediately generated conversations. He is named after St. Basil the Great. This was inspired by a lecture on St. Basil by Dr. George Grant of Parish Presbyterian Church. George Grant has left an indelible mark on my thinking and on my family. Dr. Grant's exuberant way of...

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