Disabled in the Image of God

An Ontological and Teleological Response to the Imago Dei in Disability Theology

Disability theology has challenged traditional theological interpretations of the image of God, having found them insufficient for the task of including persons with disabilities. The way in which disability theology shapes these theological interpretations has also placed limits on our understanding of God and humanity. This paper criticizes the application of disability theory to disability theology and seeks to establish a universal access approach to identity and dignity through the image of God using an ontological and teleological understanding of the image of God applicable to all people, disabled or not and Christian or not. Read more

A Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

St Aldhelm’s, Vulcan

Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you riches beyond imagination. Pour into our hearts such love toward you, that we, loving you above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

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The Possibility and Necessity of Infant Baptism

A Discussion from Scripture, Tradition and Reason

While the majority of Christians continue to accept the Baptism of infants as valid an efficacious, the majority of protestants throughout the world have rejected the practice. This paper explores from the lens of Holy Scripture, Holy Tradition and human reason the questions of whether or not it is possible for an infant to receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism, and whether or not it is necessary for an infant to receive Holy Baptism. Read more

A Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

All Saints, Cochrane

Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another and walk in the way of his commandments, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

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Becoming a Tweedy Theologian

From Pentecostalism to Anglo Catholicism

Despite my mother and father being raised Anglican and Roman Catholic, by the time I was born in the mid-1980s, they were attending a free Pentecostal church. When I was introduced to Anglicanism as a child and young adult, it was at a low church evangelical and charismatic parish. This begs the question, how did I become an Anglo Catholic when I was decidedly in that camp well before meeting my first Anglo Catholic mentors? The answer lies in the theology of the Oxford Fathers. Read more

A Vespers Homily for Eastertide

Ambrose Seminary Chapel, Calgary

Lord of life and power, through the mighty resurrection of your Son, you have overcome the old order of sin and death and have made all things new in him. May we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ, reign with him in glory, who with you and the Holy Spirit is alive, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

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Have you an infant child? Do not let sin get any opportunity, but let him be sanctified from his childhood; from his very tenderest age let him be consecrated by the Spirit. Fearest thou the Seal on account of the weakness of nature? O what a small-souled mother, and of how little faith! Why, Anna even before Samuel was born promised him to God, and after his birth consecrated him at once, and brought him up in the priestly habit, not fearing anything in human nature, but trusting in God.
St Gregory of Nazianzus, Orat. 40.17

A Vespers Homily for the Feast of St John the Evangelist in the Octave

St Aldhelm’s, Vulcan

MERCIFUL Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy Church, that it being enlightened by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist Saint John may so walk in the light of thy truth, that it may at length attain to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

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A Homily for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost

All Saints, Cochrane

Almighty God, you call your Church to witness that in Christ we are reconciled to you. Help us so to proclaim the good news of your love, that all who hear it may turn to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

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A Homily for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost

St. Aldhelm’s, Vulcan

Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and sent into our hearts the Spirit of your Son. Give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that all people may know the glorious liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

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