It gives me no small amount of pleasure to introduce Mr. Brady Raccanello, your new church history columnist. 500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral. Mr. Raccanello is unlikely to approve. In Mr. Raccanello’s view, the western church has made too many innovations on ancient practice. Some members of TPS might remember Mr. Raccanello’s conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy. For others, this is still news. When not occupied in his myriad other tasks and hobbies, he may be found defending Eastern Orthodoxy, affirming against all things Protestantism, and commenting on current theologically significant topics on the TPS forums.
Despite his dim view of the western church, he remains no stranger to western history. Constructing a medieval English longbow has been a two-year long labor of love. His fascination with the art of bow making began with Native American weaponry. From this jumping off point, he discovered the immense similarities between the bow constructions of the major world civilizations. After two years of letting a choice piece of hickory cure, he feels close to completing the masterpiece.
A typical day in the life of Mr. Raccanello includes prayer, exercise, reading, school, and work for his landscaping business. Tending towards introversion, he also sets aside a time to just sit and think. However, do not get him started on the subjects of Christian Monarchy or the Eastern Orthodox Church, as his introversion will promptly disappear and he will become quite animated. Aside from landscaping, debating, and bow making, he writes, studies history and theology, hikes, goes bass fishing, and burns pheasant embroidered pants. Were the current author to explain to the reader Mr. Raccanello’s peculiar habit concerning bird-bespattered clothing, a conflict of interest might arise. Ask a forums regular.
Although his future plans are undergoing “renovation,” Mr. Raccanello plans on pursuing a higher education. He sees himself as starting a family and serving God in some occupation, although he is currently unsure of the specifics. His analytical critique of every subject that crosses his path will surely come in handy in whatever career he ends up undertaking. As for his friends and acquaintances, there is some suspicion that he might join a monastery, but there is little danger of him taking a vow of silence. He has too many areas of interest that he is willing to discuss with anybody willing to listen.
Focusing his unique set of interests and talents, Mr. Raccanello has accepted the authorship of the church history column. Since 2017 is the five hundredth anniversary of the 95 theses, the editorial board of clay is celebrating the reformation with several columns dedicated to ecclesiastical history. From his noted place of dissent, Mr. Raccanello is nonetheless participating in this initiative. Mr. Raccanello’s motivation for accepting the authorship of this column lies in a perceived lack of knowledge concerning church history before the reformation. Setting his sights high, Mr. Raccanello seems determined to at least partially rectify this problem before the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Surely the least his future readers can do is wish him luck.