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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016: Day Seven, “Hospitality for Prayer”

Jan 24th, 2016 | By J. Andrew Deane | Category: Blog Posts

“Keep sane and sober for your prayers. Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins. Practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another.  As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…” 1 Peter 4:7b-10, RSV The theme for day seven of […]



Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015: Day Seven, “Give me to drink”

Jan 24th, 2015 | By J. Andrew Deane | Category: Blog Posts

A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’. (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common […]



Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2013: Day Two, “Walking with the broken body of Christ””

Jan 19th, 2013 | By J. Andrew Deane | Category: Blog Posts

For the second day in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we continue our reflections on the daily themes and Scripture readings that have been set forth by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Please read here for our day one reflections and here for the entire set of readings and prayers set […]



G.I. Williamson and the Grinch

Dec 19th, 2012 | By J. Andrew Deane | Category: Blog Posts

As the Holy Season of Advent winds ever closer to its yearly end, my heart is often full of mixed emotions. The expectation and hope of celebrating the Birth of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ on December 25th tends to be mingled with other thoughts about my Reformed past. In becoming Reformed after […]



Book Review: Divine Love Made Flesh by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

Jun 15th, 2012 | By J. Andrew Deane | Category: Blog Posts

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke began his episcopacy as bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin, in 1995. As part of his leadership of his flock, then Bishop Burke consecrated his diocese to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In 2003 he was then named Archbishop of St. Louis, Missouri. Like he had done in his pastoral leadership of […]



On “Christ’s Test of our Orthodoxy” by Pastor Jack W. Sawyer

Jul 29th, 2011 | By J. Andrew Deane | Category: Blog Posts

Jack W. Sawyer Recently I had the pleasure of coming across an article entitled “Christ’s Test of our Orthodoxy” on Ordained Servant, a Journal published by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. I was a member of this denomination for six years, and the title immediately caught my attention. Pastor Jack W. Sawyer’s article can be read […]



The Open Doors to Heaven

Apr 26th, 2011 | By J. Andrew Deane | Category: Blog Posts

My eldest son is an altar boy. His job sometimes seems mostly symbolic, but there are times when I can tell that his work for the Church is important. In an Eastern parish, we have a clear delineation separating the altar from the rest of the church building. This stock photo from my church website […]



One is Holy, One is Lord

Feb 17th, 2011 | By J. Andrew Deane | Category: Blog Posts

The principle of lex orandi, lex credendi (which can be translated as “the law of praying is the law of believing”) has an immediate appeal to almost all Christians. It is easy to see that how we relate to God in prayer is a mirror-like reflection of our beliefs, and we sense intuitively that our […]



The Depth of the Splendor – St. John Chrysostom’s View of Liturgy

Nov 13th, 2010 | By J. Andrew Deane | Category: Blog Posts

On a recent feast in honor of the Mother of God, (I think it was the commemoration of her Dormition), my priest made a great point about Tradition as it is compared to Protestantism. Many times we as Catholics and Orthodox try to explain how it is that our honor which is given to the […]



The Church Fathers-A New Resource, an Old Source

Sep 28th, 2010 | By J. Andrew Deane | Category: Blog Posts

It is with pleasure that I announce to you a new website – www.churchfathers.org. Designed to be a user-friendly resource of quotes from the Church Fathers organized in topical fashion, this website can be used to phrase questions about what we believe, and what we don’t believe, by looking at our faith through ancient eyes.