Reforms and limitations of Vatican II

By | 2017-07-13T15:17:48+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Articles|

In 1964 The Roman Catholic Church held the Second Vatican Council and adopted a new dogmatic constitution dealing with how the Church understood itself, in other words about its ecclesiology. I was only seven at the time and completely unaware of its implications, for other churches as well. The constitution was called Lumen Gentium, Light [...]

Clergy and laity dualism

By | 2018-03-10T20:53:46+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Articles|

In this article, we will look at the grounds, if any, for distinguishing two groups of Christians, a laity and a clergy. First of all, it is important to recognise that the terms “laity” and “clergy” are not used in the Bible in a technical sense. When they are used at all, they are not [...]

The unhappy marriage of 2 words

By | 2017-05-05T14:58:15+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Articles|

How two Greek words (for priest and elder) became confused and how this still affects us today. This subject is kind of controversial between Catholics and Protestants, but that is no reason to ignore it, on the contrary. The subject has often been looked at from one point of view only. This has led either [...]

Trinity: One God, now and forever

By | 2017-06-22T16:03:17+00:00 May 22nd, 2016|Sermons|

Some years ago, Revd. Sam van Leer, who is now our Area Dean, shared a video clip with a funny cartoon about St. Patrick. Two Irish brothers ask St. Patrick to explain the Trinity to them in simple terms, because they don’t understand difficult theological language, or so they say. So St. Patrick tries several [...]

Fighting the right battles – spiritual warfare

By | 2016-04-18T13:52:05+00:00 November 7th, 2015|Articles|

“For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil ….” Ephesians 6:12 Early October I was reminded of this text when several normally reliable news sources reported that the Russian Orthodox Church [...]