Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ

As Advent slides into Christmas, I should explain my extended silence on this blog.

As for things Anglican, there is no joy in watching the Church of England fall apart under inept leadership and the pressures to conform doctrine to the Zeitgeist -- so I do not write about those events; you may learn of them from the Anglican blogs linked on the right.

As for church matters in America, there is likewise a dearth of stories to write about, because here, too, the Zeitgeist has pretty much taken over. The Episcopal Church (USA) is not a church anymore: it has adopted (and will soon make permanent) a liturgy that is blasphemous. Nor is it Episcopal, since it is not led by any Bishop (in the sense of 1 Timothy 3) -- no such bishop worthy of Paul's description would ever have allowed any such liturgical error to take place. Protestantism in general has not fared well since Martin Luther proclaimed that every person of faith was his own priest, and needed no guidance in reading the Bible. 

As for politics in America, the less said at this point, the better. We have not been such a divided nation since the days leading up to the firing upon Fort Sumter.

What else, then, is there to write about that is worth reading? In the past during the nativity season, I have done my best to offer the fruits of the most recent research into the events surrounding the birth of our Lord, and I cannot improve upon those posts now. You will find them listed and linked here.

Until the new year, then: A blessed and joyful Christmas to all ye of good will!


  1. We will be here when the muse returns to inspire you, perhaps with the next court decision of relevance.

  2. I completely understand this column; I felt the same way for many years as I was making the journey out of Protestantism and into the Catholic Church. I took comfort from St Julian of Norwich’s words, “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” I pray you will make happy progress on your journey in the new year.

  3. Blessings to you and yours at Christmastide, Mr. Haley.

  4. I feel your pain, I've struggled to put much up myself. As one introduction to Gregory of Tours' History of the Franks put it, by then there were few improving stories to tell.

  5. May God bless and thank you for being a pillar of sanity amid the shifting tides of secularism!

  6. Take heart! We have a Facebook group with a small but sturdy membership that functions within The Episcopal Church. Our little group clings to an orthodoxy that is not approved, but exists because our church lacks the authority to require acquiescence in doctrine now considered the norm. We are Episcopal Evangelicals!!