Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Spain

The Archdiocese of Madrid is celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, but a controversy has arisen over the speaking invitation extended by a Protestant group to a vocal liberal female Catholic theologian. The Archdiocese says she does not represent the Archdiocese; the Protestants don’t care. Instead of highlighting our commonalities, this illustrates the…

The Orthodox Century?

“Will the 21st Be the Orthodox Century? Fascination with the Great Tradition may signal deep changes for both evangelicals and the Orthodox.” Reflections at Christianity Today by Bradley Nassif. The problem with the usual Protestant approach to the Great Tradition, however, is the gaps and inconsistencies in retrieval efforts. To many, the Great Tradition is…

Liturgical Translations and Ecumenism

New missal deals blow to ecumenism, Catholic liturgist says (Toronto Catholic Register, via Curt Jester). Issue is that the Catholic group responsible for common English translations, ICEL, has in the past worked with an ecumenical group, the English Language Liturgical Consultation (formerly the International Consultation on English Texts) in order to come up with universally…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is January 18-25 each year. Once again, I’ve heard of no attempts to acknowledge it in my little town. It seems to get forgotten between Respect Life Sunday and MLK Day. Let me know if you hear of anything ….

“Liberty”

Liberty Revival Church is one of those churches that is on the avant-garde. They are different, and they want you to know it. They don’t meet on Sundays, but on Friday nights (so you can have “weekends free”). They speak a sort of evangelical/charismatic language, of “discipleship” and “apostolicity.” They are about “liberty,” “revival,” “deliverance,”…

Ad orientem

Amy opens up a discussion about ad orientem (celebrating liturgy facing the altar, as opposed to facing the people) in Lutheran and Episcopalian churches. I commented, Altars are often ad orientem in Lutheran churches of all stripes, Missouri, ELCA, and WELS. Probably in the majority of ELCA churches I’ve been in in Pennsylvania. Two of…

Perpetual Prayer–Protestant Style

The 23/7 Prayer Movement, at CBN. It’s different than the Perpetual Adoration promoted in many Catholic parishes in that this prayer is not taking place before the Blessed Sacrament. And yet, like Perpetual Adoration (to a degree), it is also promoted by those with an interest in what Catholics might call private revelation and/or apocalypticism.