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Getting Beyond Crayon Christianity

When Dinesh D’Souza talks about Crayon Christianity he is emphasizing the fact that many Christians have not progressed from the simple teachings of their faith they learned as a child.

D’Souza talks about being able to contend for our faith. We need to equip ourselves with a more adult and complete understanding of our faith so that we will not lose it to those who have enticing other answers. Too many Christians are unprepared for the onslaught of sophisticated Atheism, he preaches.

We need to know about Atheism and what Atheists are saying that has little truth. In short we need to become adults in our religion and to actively pursue a study of it. And to do that we need to get beyond Crayon Christianity and into a mature realization of why we are Christians.  If we ae practicing something for which we do not know why, we are mindless robots.

In short we must go BEYOND KNOWLEDGE INTO WISDOM.

June 23rd Worship At St. Clement of Alexandria

Bishop Tony Howard

Bishop Tony Howard

Bishop Tony Howard’s homily today was very interesting. The Gospel reading was Luke 9:18-24.

Jesus asks, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.”

If an ancient prophet had returned, then does that not show that there was some belief in reincarnation within the early christian Community, muses Bishop Tony? Now there is no official church position on this belief, neither condemnation or acceptance. It is not a tenet of the church but left to individual conscience.

Then we come to the scripture:
Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.” He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.

Why would Christ direct them to tell nobody? Perhaps, reasons Bishop Tony, Christ knew that the people were not ready to hear about a spiritual Messiah. They were expecting a political savior. Christ’s admonition was not to say anything ever, but to wait until the transfiguration, resurrection and ascension, until people could fully understand what his ministry was all about and what a true Messiah consisted of. Revelation before that would be premature and might backfire.

As usual Bishop Tony Howard has some really good insights into a life with Christ. I am encouraged that we all come to worship. We all confess our sins and start with the same clean slate. There is no reason to exclude anyone. All are welcome here to the table.

Universal Catholic Church

Universal Catholic Church

St. Clement of Alexandria

St Clement of Alexandria is part of the Universal Catholic Church , Bishop Tony Howard, Pastor. Here is a church that is very traditional in its worship service. Mass is very close to the original Roman Catholic Tridentine Mass with a little more joy inserted and some Anglican flavor added. The Universal Catholic Church is a continuation of the Liberal Catholic Church.

While worship is traditional, all the baggage that comes along with Roman Catholicism has been dropped – the politics, the judgments and the necessity to control personal actions. Bishop Tony Howard says, “the Universal Catholic church offers the beauty of Mass while allowing absolute freedom of conscience.”

This congregation is located in Allen Texas. Please visit the website at http://www.scalcc.org