Category Religion

Buyukada Orphanage

I was reading a news report about the possible re-opening of Halki Seminary in Istanbul, which was shuttered by the Turkish government almost 40 years ago, leaving Turkey’s Orthodox church without a seminary to train its priests, when I remembered this post I did four years ago about another Orthodox institution on a neighboring island. […]

Thoughts on the Aftermath

“This is not who we are,” she said. “This act was not a reflection of who we are as a nation.” How many times have you heard that? The speaker changes, the message is the same. This time it was New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern “They (the victims) are us. The person who has […]

More Visions of Fastnacht

I could hear the noise coming from the main street, which is only a block away, but I avoided it completely. Mind you, I broke some rules to do so. It was raining all Sunday morning, and the weather app on my phone said it would continue throughout the afternoon. That made a trip to […]

Visions of Fastnacht

Today is the annual Fastnacht parade in Sulzburg. I won’t be watching. Whether I am even in town will depend on the weather forecast. My thought had been to avoid the festivities completely and take the train to Freiburg after church. There’s nothing open in Freiburg on Sundays, but I can at least wander through […]

Fastnacht Begins

When you appropriate the symbols of evil, do you have power over them, or are you unwittingly giving them power over you? I was asking myself that as I watched a group of people in animal costumes and witches’ hats taking public transit in Freiburg. They were jumping the gun on Fastnacht, a pagan festival […]

A Cloud By Day, A Fire By Night

I think I am safe in saying that we have too much unclear Christianity today, if it can really be called Christianity. So much in our Christianity has no clear meaning to it. We have so mingled with the culture that it is hard to distinguish between the two. – A.W. Tozer   How do […]

Johanneskirche, Britzingen

I try to keep my promises, even if it takes a while. Last July (I think it was) I promised you that at some point I would get inside the church in Britzingen that I had been told is one of the most beautiful in the region. Every time I was in the town, it […]