7WD answers your actual questions for 2013
Remember, these are selections from the nearly 4,000 Google queries that we received this year.
Do angels look scary?
Yes. They are terrifying. I sorted this all out in a popular blog post, where you can also find the answer to another question we got a bunch of times, “Are angels dead people?” No. Your Uncle Fred doesn’t become an angel; he gets to stay Uncle Fred for eternity. Angels are totally different from humans, not humans who passed the angel entrance exam.
Are angles frightening to look at?
Not to me. If they frighten you, look at spheres.
Does canceling church services often cause church not to grow?
Yes. So don’t cancel church.
Does the American Episcopal Church own a private jet?
If it does, I’m annoyed no one has given me a ride on it.
Do Anglicans believe in predestination?
If they do, it was meant to be.
How to make a cute bento box lunch?
Do Episcopalians really believe in the 39 Articles?
Some do, but most of us are selective. If you really want to get hip to the 39 Articles, check out my 39-part series on them. I am not making this up.
Why do people sin after being baptised by Holly Spirit?
Well, first of all, I don’t know what the “Holly Spirit” is. Maybe it has to do with Santa Claus? But if you were talking about the similarly named Holy Spirit, it’s because we’ve fallen and we can’t get up, spiritually speaking.
Are all the canons of ecumenical councils binding?
Not really — which is good, because those who invoke them (“No kneeling during Easter!”) usually ignore a bunch of other ones (“Priests can’t take communion from deacons.”).
Does the Episcopal Church welcome Republicans?
I hope so, though you wouldn’t know it from some of the things leaders say. On a related note, “What are fun facts about Republicans?” can be answered here.
What is the article twenty six says about unworthiness of the ministers, which hinders not the effect of the sacraments?
That’s a very specific question, but the 7WD answer vault has it right here.
Is ACNA growing?
What can we do with political resolutions?
Just say no.
What is Lent Madness?
Let me ask you a question in reply. How can you not know the answer to that?
Where was Jesus and what was he doing the third week of Lent?
Um, Lent wasn’t invented back then.
Why do clergy have so many different color shirts?
I don’t know, but all colors except black are mistakes. Perhaps an exception can be made for bishops.
Why is he climbing a mountain?
My favorite question of all, because I dearly love the answer.