Augustine on the Eucharist

Pat Madrid takes pains to argue that Augustine of Hippo was a Catholic bishop and that he believed what the Catholic church presently teaches on the Eucharist. But  Catholic teaching developed much after the time of Augustine (d. 430).  Particularly important to the development of Catholic teaching were the controversies between Paschasius Radbertus (d. ca.…

Synagogue Visit

I’m taking a group of college students to visit a Jewish synagogue this Friday night–Congregation Shaar Hasholam in Clear Lake. We’re going to meet at 6:00 for a chat with Rabbi Stuart Federow (come prepared with questions), and the service itself will be at 7. We have room for more. If you’ll join us (meet…

Membership Declines

The National Council of Churches reports on denominational statistics, with the numbers for the 25 largest denominations (the Seventh-day Adventist Church might be number 26, with 1,000,472 members in the US–15,000,000 in the world). Mainline churches continue their decline, including the ELCA. See a bigger picture of its downward trend here. It started in 1987…

RIP John Fenton

I see, belatedly, that The Rev. Canon John Fenton (Christ Church, Oxford)  passed away in late December. An illustrious New Testament scholar, I had a short course with him during my D.Min. work, and I remember some wonderful chats with him. Having been educated at a Lutheran seminary, I was shocked to learn there were…

Rodeo Time in Houston

It’s rodeo time in Houston! Alan is disappointed that the Barbecue Championship coincides with the start of Lent. Be that as it may, the smoke is ascending heavenward, the trail rides are heading to the city, and the parade will be this Saturday morning (I’ve never made it to the parade, and now that I…