Inaugural Post

Welcome to my new author website and blog at The "fr" in the website name, if you're wondering, is the abbreviation for "Father" which is a common clergy title used in Anglican/Episcopal (which I am), Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox circles. I mention this because growing up outside a liturgical tradition, we often found it weird to call clergy by a parental title. If you wanted to duel with Scriptures, you could quote Jesus saying in (Matt 23) not to call anyone "father" or "teacher", as he radically levels everyone who follows him to being merely his disciples. Hence the plethora of "pastors" and "ministers" in many churches, instead of "fathers".

However, the Apostle Paul notes that he is a spiritual father to the Corinthian church (1 Cor 4), despite their having "countless guides in Christ". He means that in the sense that he led many into a brand new relationship to God through Jesus Christ. He also meant he had the unique responsibility of helping guide them into deeper maturity as God's children.

I may or may not be a spiritual father in your estimation, and that's okay. I'm happy to be guide. But I am recognized as a father by virtue of my office. I hope as you you follow me online (or in person at events or in churches) I might prove to be the kind of positive influence that you are happy to count me a mentor at least, if not quite a spiritual parent in your estimation.

May Christ richly bless you, as I hope you join me in becoming his disciple one day at time and inspiring others to do the same.

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