In this installment of Symbols & Symbolism, we look at a reading from Albert G. Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and from a piece from Joseph Fort Newton's The Builder on the Mystic Tie. Defining this mysterious phrase is often troublesome as how does one define the ineffable or the unseen? … [Read more...] about The Mystic Tie – Symbols and Symbolism
One of the problems in Freemasonry is a problem that is indigenous to most large, prestigious organizations, societies and politics. It is that these prominent groups attract leaders who are all about gaining the position of leadership and little about improving or growing the group. We call these … [Read more...] about Taking Control
BRYCE ON GOVERNMENT - The written instruments used to govern and shape America. NOTE: You may want to "bookmark" this column and pass the web address on to others, particularly young people. I have many pamphlets describing the country's governing documents, such as the Declaration of … [Read more...] about Our Governing Documents
Registration is now open for the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library symposium Perspectives on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism April 11, 2014 From the Library: The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library announces its symposium, Perspectives on American Freemasonry and … [Read more...] about Perspectives on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism
Freemasonry is one of the most misunderstood institutions on the planet. It is not a religion, charity, political action committee or cult. It is simply the original fraternity whereby members congregate to enjoy friendship, morality and brotherly love. Despite this, people are suspicious about … [Read more...] about Our Intolerant Society
I shot out a traffic light the other day with my shotgun, one that has been giving me fits lately as I go to work. No, I didn't actually shoot it, but I have found myself fantasizing about doing so lately as I have become increasingly agitated while waiting on this particular light. In fact, I've … [Read more...] about Instant Karma’s Gonna Get You
Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" "I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?" The LORD said, "What have you … [Read more...] about My Brother’s Keeper – Open Racism in Georgia Freemasonry
From the last installment, the point I wanted to build on was the item covered by Br. Dafoe's article in the Masonic Journal and the missing membership. To touch on briefly what his article said, the most significant loss measured was in NPD's and SNPD's which made up the lion share of members who … [Read more...] about The Age of Masonry – Society vs. Sociological perceptions.
Often I wonder about the age of the fraternity. Not so much the physical age in years, but the age of its being. What I mean by that is the age of a Masonic existence in light of the age in which we live in today. The reason this seemed relevant to me was that as we examine the landscape of … [Read more...] about Is the age of Masonry Past?