Wonderfully Made – Ps 139

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Wonderfully Made –  Ps 139

Personality Test Graphic

What’s Your Saint Article

Links to a couple free on line Myers- Briggs Personality Tests

Type Finder Test

Free Personality Test

Strengths Finder Book

Book on Amazon

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U S Senate Prayer given by Fr. Richard Dalton

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A Couple of My Projects –  Fr. Richard Dalton

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Favorite world: Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world? This is called Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I).

 

Information: Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning? This is called Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).

 

Decisions: When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances? This is called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).

 

Structure: In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options? This is called Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).

 

Your Personality Type: When you decide on your preference in each category, you have your own personality type, which can be expressed as a code with four letters.

Anglican Great Lakes Diocese – May 17, 2014 Ordination Service

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Anglican Great Lakes Diocese – May 17, 2014 Ordination Service

A Very Blessed Ordination Service  –  Here are some Pictures  –  Father Richard Dalton   –  Metro Detroit

Large Format and iphone Slideshow

Link to Ordination Pictures Use them as you please –  Father Richard Dalton

2014 Anglican Great Lakes Synod

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
2014 Anglican Great Lakes Synod

My Pictures from the Synod:

Large Format and iphone Slideshow

Link to Pictures –  Feel free to use them

Creed or Chaos

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Creed or Chaos

During the Second World War, the English woman of letters, Dorothy Sayers, gave a stunning address on the importance of doctrine.  Published after the war as Creed or Chaos, the central argument of the book remains remarkably prescient:


“Something is happening to us today, which has not happened for a very long time. We are waging a war of religion. Not a civil war between adherents of the same religion, but a life-and-death struggle between Christian and pagan. The Christians are, it must be confessed, not very good Christians, and the pagans do not officially proclaim themselves worshippers of Mahound or even of Odin, but the stark fact remains that Christendom and heathendom now stand face to face as they have not done in Europe since the days of Charlemagne.


The people who say that this is a war of economics or of power-politics, are only dabbling about on the surface of things. Even those who say it is a war to preserve freedom and justice and faith have gone only half-way to the truth. The real question is what economics and politics are to be used for; whether freedom and justice and faith have any right to be considered at all; at bottom it is a violent and irreconcilable quarrel about the nature of God and the nature of man and the ultimate nature of the universe; it is a war of dogma.


The word dogma is unpopular, and that is why I have used it. It is our own distrust of dogma that is handicapping us in the struggle. The immense spiritual strength of our opponents lies precisely in the fact that they have fervently embraced, and hold with fanatical fervor, dogma which is none the less dogma for being called “ideology.” We on our side have been trying for several centuries to uphold a particular standard of ethical values which derives from Christian dogma, while gradually dispensing with the very dogma which is the sole rational foundation for those values.


The thing I want to say is this: it is worse than useless for Christians to talk about the importance of Christian morality, unless they are prepared to take their stand upon the fundamentals of Christian theology. It is a lie to say that dogma does not matter; it matters enormously.


It is fatal to let people suppose that Christianity is only a mode of feeling; it is vitally necessary to insist that it is first and foremost a rational explanation of the universe. It is hopeless to offer Christianity as a vaguely idealistic aspiration of a simple and consoling kind; it is, on the contrary, a hard, tough, exacting and complex doctrine, steeped in a drastic and uncompromising realism.


This is the Church’s opportunity, if she chooses to take it. So far as the people’s readiness to listen goes, she has not been in so strong a position for at least two centuries. The rival philosophies of humanism, enlightened self-interest, and mechanical progress have broken down badly; the antagonism of science has proved to be far more apparent than real, and the happy-go-lucky doctrine of “laissez-faire” is completely discredited. But no good whatever will be done by a retreat into personal piety or by mere exhortation to a “recall to prayer.” The thing that is in danger is the whole structure of society, and it is necessary to persuade thinking men and women of the vital and intimate connection between the structure of society and the theological doctrines of Christianity.

The task is not made easier by the obstinate refusal of a great body of nominal Christians, both lay and clerical, to face the theological question. “No creed but Christ” has been a popular slogan for so long that we are apt to accept it, without inquiring whether religion without theology has any meaning. And however unpopular I may make myself I shall and will affirm that the reason why the Churches are discredited today is not that they are too bigoted about theology, but that they have run away from theology.

If we really want a Christian society we must teach Christianity, and it is absolutely impossible to teach Christianity without teaching Christian dogma.”
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Miracle of Thanksgiving – Squanto

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Miracle of Thanksgiving  –  Squanto

Eric Metaxas wrote a great book titled, BONHOEFFER: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy which has been a bestseller.  He also wrote a children’s book a few years ago, on Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving. Check out this interesting interview with Eric about Squanto.

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving

This entertaining and historical story shows that the actual hero of the Thanksgiving was neither white nor Indian, but God. In 1608, English traders came to Massachusetts and captured a 12-year old Indian, Squanto, and sold him into slavery. He was raised by Christians and taught faith in God. Ten years later he was sent home to America. Upon arrival, he learned an epidemic had wiped out his entire village. But God had plans for Squanto. God delivered a Thanksgiving miracle: an English-speaking Indian living in the exact place where the Pilgrims land in a strange new world.

Link to Book on Amazon

The Undertaking

Friday, October 18, 2013
The Undertaking

The Lynch family believes that the rituals of a funeral are more than mere formalities. “Funerals are the way we close the gap between the death that happens and the death that matters,” Lynch contends. “A good funeral gets the dead where they need to go and the living where they need to be.”

Very Interesting Video – a bit quite graphic with an inside look at the Funeral Business

Full Video – an Hour

PBS Website and Resources from the Production

A Song for Carolyn – Oct 27th

Thursday, October 17, 2013
A Song for Carolyn – Oct 27th

A Song for Carolyn

A concert featuring Carolyn Dalton
and some talented friends

Carolyn Dalton has been valiantly fighting Lyme Disease since 2004. A Song for Carolyn is a tribute to her and a united effort to raise funds for medical bills so she can be well again.

Sunday, October 27th,

4 to 6 pm at The Lafayette Grande,
1 Lafayette Pontiac,
(Wine Cellar Room) MI 48342

No cover charge. Please invite others.
Free Will Offering—All donations go directly to medical expenses—see carolyndalton.com

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Fathers of the Church

Monday, October 14, 2013
Fathers of the Church

Last week I sat in on a ongoing study of the Church Fathers composed of young men serious about their faith and foundations.  I think the following introduction is a good description of the value of these various Church Fathers they are studying.

Schaff, Philip – Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 1 Intro:

We thus find ourselves conducted, by this goodly fellowship of witnesses, from the times of the apostles to those of Tertullian, from the martyrs of the second persecution to those of the sixth. Those were times of heroism, not of words; an age, not of writers, but of soldiers; not of talkers, but of sufferers. Curiosity is baffled, but faith and love are fed by these scanty relics of primitive antiquity. Yet may we well be grateful for what we have. These writings come down to us as the earliest response of converted nations to the testimony of Jesus. They are primary evidences of the Canon and the credibility of the New Testament. Disappointment may be the first emotion of the student who comes down from the mount where he has dwelt in the tabernacles of evangelists and apostles: for these disciples are confessedly inferior to the masters; they speak with the voices of infirm and fallible men, and not like the New Testament writers, with the fiery tongues of the Holy Ghost. Yet the thoughtful and loving spirit soon learns their exceeding value. For who does not close the records of St. Luke with longing; to get at least a glimpse of the further history of the progress of the Gospel? What of the Church when its founders were fallen asleep? Was the Good Shepherd “always” with His little flock, according to His promise? Was the Blessed Comforter felt in His presence amid the fires of persecution? Was the Spirit of Truth really able to guide the faithful into all truth, and to keep them in the truth?

And what had become of the disciples who were the first-fruits of the apostolic ministry? St. Paul had said, “The same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” How was this injunction realized? St. Peter’s touching words come to mind, “I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.” Was this endeavour successfully carried out? To these natural and pious inquiries, the Apostolic Fathers, though we have a few specimens only of their fidelity, give an emphatic reply. If the cold-hearted and critical find no charm in the simple, childlike faith which they exhibit, ennobled though it be by heroic devotion to the Master, we need not marvel. Such would probably object: “They teach me nothing; I do not relish their multiplied citations from Scripture.” The answer is, “If you are familiar with Scripture, you owe it largely to these primitive witnesses to its Canon and its spirit. By their testimony we detect what is spurious, and we identify what is real. Is it nothing to find that your Bible is their Bible, your faith their faith, your Saviour their Saviour, your God their God?” Let us reflect also, that, when copies of the entire Scriptures were rare and costly, these citations were “words fitly spoken,—apples of gold in pictures of silver.” We are taught by them also that they obeyed the apostle’s precept, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing,” etc. Thus they reflect the apostolic care that men should be raised up able to teach others also.

Their very mistakes enable us to attach a higher value to the superiority of inspired writers. They were not wiser than the naturalists of their day who taught them the history of the Phœnix and other fables; but nothing of this sort is found in Scripture. The Fathers are inferior in kind as well as in degree; yet their words are lingering echoes of those whose words were spoken “as the Spirit gave them utterance.” They are monuments of the power of the Gospel. They were made out of such material as St. Paul describes when he says, “Such were some of you.” But for Christ, they would have been worshippers of personified Lust and Hate, and of every crime. They would have lived for “bread and circus-shows.” Yet to the contemporaries of a Juvenal they taught the Decalogue and the Sermon on the Mount. Among such beasts in human form they reared the sacred home; they created the Christian family; they gave new and holy meanings to the names of wife and mother; they imparted ideas unknown before of the dignity of man as man; they infused an atmosphere of benevolence and love; they bestowed the elements of liberty chastened by law; they sanctified human society by proclaiming the universal brotherhood of redeemed man. As we read the Apostolic Fathers, we comprehend, in short, the meaning of St. Paul when he said prophetically, what men were slow to believe, “The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men … But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.” A. C. C. December, 1884.

Schaff, Philip – Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 1 – Christian Classics Ethereal Library.

Memorial Service for Barbara Phipps Bottiaux

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Memorial Service for Barbara Phipps Bottiaux

We lost one of our dearest friends a couple weeks ago.  The Funeral Service was held in Atlanta, GA.

There will be a Memorial Service this Saturday for family and friends in the Detroit Area.

Aunt Barb

Stony Creek Church, 45835 Van Dyke, Utica, Mi. 48317

www.stonycreekchurch.org

Pastor officiating: Dr. Randy Rheaume

Date/Time: Saturday October 5 2013 @ 1:00


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“The Shadow of Death” Painting by William Holmes Hunt

Saturday, September 28, 2013
“The Shadow of Death” Painting by William Holmes Hunt