Giles Fraser has a post at The Guardian that explains why Christianity is for losers.
Read the whole thing.
UPDATE—Losers like me. I’m completely incapable of living decently. Oh, I’ve had some modest success with some things that really aren’t important in the end. I’m incapable, but God isn’t, and the good news of the Resurrection is that He cares enough for losers like me to offer to take care us—if we let Him.
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they and some others came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They entered in, and didn’t find the Lord Jesus’ body.
—The Gospel According to Luke
Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
In what passes for investigative journalism among the incompetent, Bunny Boy of Breitbart Unmasked (No, I won’t link to it.) has written that Paul Lemmen is not ordained because he checked with the Orthodox Church in America, and they aren’t aware of Fr. Paul’s ordination.
There are many varieties of Orthodox communions: Greek, Syrian, Coptic, Russian, and Armenian to name a few. Fr. Lemmen’s ordination was not in one of the Russian communions. Since the OCA is a self-governing part of the Russian Orthodox Church, they aren’t aware of his ordination. They also don’t have any records of the ordinations of my cousin’s husband (who is an Episcopal priest) or of Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis).
Ana Marie Cox has come out of the closet. She’s a Christian.
Her understanding of all that means isn’t the same as mine, but at the deepest level it is.
What Christ teaches me, if I let myself be taught, is that there is only one kind of judgment that matters. I am saved not because of who I am or what I have done (or didn’t do), but simply because I have accepted the infinite grace that was always offered to me.
Read the whole thing.
May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it.