Encountering a Georgian Baptist archbishop

posted by Kaihsu Tai on October 8th, 2008

Recently the Archbishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia, Malkhaz Songulashvili, came to Oxford for a study-leave. By Georgia, I mean the one with Saakashvili and Stalin (alas), rather than the one with Jimmy Carter and CNN. That might answer your obvious question…. Further, as to why there is an Archbishop in a Baptist church, please read the church’s website. As to how to address a Baptist Archbishop in the correct style: pass. In any case: sadly, it was during his visit that the Russia–Georgia conflict broke out.
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Piirakka ja kahvi

posted by Kaihsu Tai on August 22nd, 2008

I was in Finland for the last fortnight and visited the following churches there:

  • Turun tuomiokirkko (Turku Cathedral): attended a Confirmation Mass
  • Pyhän Ristin kirkko (Church of the Holy Cross), Rauma (World Heritage site)
  • ruin of the Trinity Church (Pyhän Kolminaisuuden kirkon rauniot), Rauma
  • Helsingin tuomiokirkko (Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral)
  • Suomenlinnan kirkko, Church at Suomenlinna (World Heritage Site)
  • Myyrmäen kirkko (Myyrmäki Church)
  • Temppeliaukion kirkko (Temppeliaukio Church): attended a Confirmation Mass
  • Uspenskin katedraali (Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition), Helsinki
posted by Kaihsu Tai in Finland, Itinerant Communicant | on August 22nd, 2008 | Permanent Link to “Piirakka ja kahvi” | Comments Off on Piirakka ja kahvi

prayer (unity)

posted by Kaihsu Tai on January 27th, 2008

God, on this Sunday after the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,
we again thank you for your Church;
and for our sisters and brothers united in your son, Jesus Christ,
who taught us to pray to you as our father in heaven.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
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posted by Kaihsu Tai in Environment, Finland, Itinerant Communicant, Prayer | on January 27th, 2008 | Permanent Link to “prayer (unity)” | Comments Off on prayer (unity)

That’s asking rather a lot, Martin

posted by Kaihsu Tai on November 1st, 2007

The Finnish Katekismus reminded me of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism:

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

What does this mean?

Answer: To be sure, God provides daily bread, even to the wicked, without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that God may make us aware of his gifts and enable us to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.

What is meant by daily bread?

Answer: Everything required to satisfy our bodily needs, such as food and clothing, house and home, fields and flocks, money and property; a pious spouse and good children, trustworthy servants, godly and faithful rulers, good government; seasonable weather, peace and health, order and honor; true friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.

posted by Kaihsu Tai in Catechism, Finland, Hagiography, Itinerant Communicant | on November 1st, 2007 | Permanent Link to “That’s asking rather a lot, Martin” | Comments Off on That’s asking rather a lot, Martin