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How will the world know the Coming One?

Bible Challenge                Day 12 – Genesis 31-33; Psalm 11; Matthew 11 In the reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew, appointed for today through the Bible Challenge, we encounter two of John’s disciples questioning Jesus.  Upon answering their question, He then addresses the crowd – challenging them to consider what they themselves believe about John, and thus about Him.  He warns them by presenting them with His condemnation to those who failed to hear the […]

Cry Out in the Wilderness

A sermon from the Second Sunday of Advent, in preparation for the Incarnation, the text is taken from the Gospel of Luke 3:1-6.  In this sermon, Fr. Ballentine encourages the faithful at St. Thomas Episcopal in Coral Gables, to be odd – as John the Baptist was odd and to Cry Out! in the wilderness around us…proclaiming the Glory of the Incarnate Lord!

Settling Matters of Pastoral Abuse? Heaven Forbid!

Another reason why I hate church… Back in September 2010, two men (Anthony Flagg and Maurice Robinson) accused megachurch pastor, Eddie Long of sexually abusing (see here) them when they were 16 years old.  Then two more men (Jamal Parris and Spencer LeGrande) joined the lawsuit.  The claim was that as part of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church’s “Youth Academy,” Eddie Long “coerced them into having sex with him in exchange for lavish trips, cars […]

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