disciples were obviously astonished to see Christ in glory," said our pastor. He was prepared for questions about the Transfiguration. Instead, one first grader asked, "what does 'obviously' mean?"
I live in a part of the country where the five-letter word taxes
is often used as a four-letter word. Folks around here are highly
skeptical of government even as they say we have the best government in
The general synod of the Church of England voted to remove all references to the devil in its baptismal liturgy. The traditional wording, which remains an option, asks parents and godparents if they “reject the devil and all rebellion against God” and whether they “renounce the deceit and corruption of evil.” The new wording implores them to “turn away from sin” and “reject evil.” The alternate wording was made out of sensitivity to the unchurched, and especially to youth who misunderstand references to the devil (Telegraph, February 13).