December 24, 2015


Advent Religion: Journey

I’ve avoided talking too much about what I think now, in favour of what I thought then. This was meant as an introduction to where I came from, and I didn’t want to get sidetracked into where I went afterwards. But, well, what’s Advent for,...

December 23, 2015


Advent Religion: In The World, But Not Of It

As I touched on when discussing music, we lived in something of a culture bubble. It wasn’t nearly as extreme as some Christian sects; we didn’t homeschool, we didn’t ban popular media (though I was banned from watching Buffy, because it was about demons, a...

December 22, 2015


Advent Religion: Anatomy

I keep saying we didn’t have a liturgy. What I mean by that is we didn’t have a consistent form of words to be used by the priest, or for the congregation to say in response. We did however have a consistent routine and pattern...

December 21, 2015


Advent Religion: Splash

I’ve said that adult baptism was a defining characteristic of these churches. Let’s look at that a bit more. The opposite of adult baptism is infant baptism, christening. This was such anathema that I still have trouble looking at it straight on, and I can’t...

December 20, 2015


Advent Religion: Ten Percent of Dill and Cumin

Tithing is an odd beast. It seems to me to be fairly widespread among the sorts of churches I was raised in. I can’t speak to how often you’ll find it elsewhere, not having the same personal experience. Tithing is odd because it is simultaneously...

December 19, 2015


Advent Religion: Aspirations

Are you on fire for God? The answer to this question is obviously supposed to be “Yes,” but the question itself is slightly aggressive. It’s always a bit suspicious, a bit challenging. It carries undertones of “Because you don’t look like you are to me.”...

December 17, 2015


Advent Religion: Language!

Translation has been a bit of an issue over the centuries. There was the whole Pentecost thing, and we’re still not unanimous on what that was about and whether it’s over yet. Then there was a whole bit where there wasn’t a single universal church...

December 16, 2015


Advent Religion: Ordinary Time

Strictly speaking, the churches of my childhood did not have a liturgical calendar. They couldn’t have one by definition; they didn’t have a liturgy. Strictly speaking, any given Sunday was the same as any other Sunday, and we did not commemorate any of those weird...

December 15, 2015


Advent Religion: Wait For It

Should you find yourself invited for a meal by a group of Evangelicals, you may find that the local table manners are not what you are accustomed to. The best advice I can give you is not to start eating until everyone else does. Depending...

December 14, 2015


Advent Religion: All Who Love The Lord

The proper commemoration of the Last Supper has been a hot theological topic for, oh, a couple of millenia now. We can’t agree on hardly anything about it. How often should you do it? How should you do it? Who gets to participate? Who gets...