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Sep
1

Hot pockets and the hierarchy of good

Hot pockets and the hierarchy of good Teenage boys like Hot Pockets. I do not know why. They also do crazy things like destroying microwaves with overheated Oreos. That’s a new one for me. I’m just settling in to my new job as a boarding school chaplain, and part of my job is supervising one of the boys’ dorms from time to time. The other day, our faculty dorm team was discussing whether we ought to get some extra snacks for the boys to...
Aug
31

The Doctrine of Inevitability

The Doctrine of Inevitability Statements about “the wrong side of history” are historically naïve.
Aug
29

Patristic reading and the beheading of John the Baptist

Patristic reading and the beheading of John the Baptist For the past several years, I've committed myself to reading passages from the Church Fathers during the Daily Office. Here is one such reading.
Aug
28

Saving time: the Eucharist & time management

Saving time: the Eucharist & time management Behold the mystery: time must enter the tomb of the infinite before it is raised into right experience of the finite.
Aug
27

Rally Day ruminations: the problem with Sunday School

Rally Day ruminations: the problem with Sunday School I think we've told Christian parents that it's not their job to be the teachers and spiritual leaders in their families.
Aug
27

Henryk Górecki and the surprise of religious art

Henryk Górecki and the surprise of religious art What audiences hear or feel in the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs may simply be the presence of a spiritual dimension in the work, like a door deliberately left open.
Aug
26

Adoption, generosity, and the kingdom

Adoption, generosity, and the kingdom Mutual restraint and generosity enabled this event to be plainly and obviously one of God’s own kingdom, where adoption is a dream for God’s people (Romans 8:23).
Aug
26

The heart blown open: three invitations to wonder

The heart blown open: three invitations to wonder From time to time, upon surveying our culture, I’m inclined to see the specter of barbarians at the gates. Wonder is a powerful antidote to such a temptation.
Aug
25

Three streams (but not the ones you’re thinking of)

Three streams (but not the ones you’re thinking of) Matthew Olver writes on the "Three Streams," the use of Praise and Worship in Anglican settings, and Hillsong.
Aug
24

The Narnia Church

The Narnia Church Narnia is best understood as analogous to the Church, where all kinds of magical things and all kinds of brokenness exist side-by-side.
Aug
22

Light in August, and everything after

Light in August, and everything after August is especially dense with the mystery of salvation in the two feasts of the Transfiguration and the Assumption.
Aug
21

Outside the bounds?

Outside the bounds? Acts 10:1-16 speaks of Cornelius, a Gentile centurion drawn to worship the one God, yet fearful to commit. The question for us now is — who is Cornelius today?
Aug
21

Where do we begin?

Where do we begin? If you and I cannot recognize that we are a “damn mess,” then I’m not sure what Christianity can offer.
Aug
20

Praying with Bernard of Clairvaux

Every so often I come across a text that does for me what reading Cicero did for Augustine: it changes the way I pray. I’ve found one such text in Bernard of Clairvaux’s On Loving God.
Aug
19

The Cross, the form of marriage

The Cross, the form of marriage The Cross is the nuptial bed on which is consummated the union of divine nature and human nature in the “one flesh” of Jesus. Nothing connotes this more powerfully than our Lord’s final “word” from the cross.
Aug
19

Context, interpretation, and application

Context, interpretation, and application Behind many of the debates that Christians have about the Bible, there is an important but unstated assumption: that interpretation is inseparable from application and that context is important to both.
Aug
18

Reading the Gospels for all they’re worth

Reading the Gospels for all they’re worth Joseph Lear: My hope is that this post points to the importance of reading and rereading biblical narrative, searching for Scripture's internal unity.
Aug
18

To be or not to be … an evangelical

To be or not to be … an evangelical An enduring question for at least some former or might-be evangelicals is whether we still think of ourselves as evangelicals — what is gained and lost in doing so.
Aug
17

The Bible in the Life of the Church: a response

The Bible in the Life of the Church: a response Robert MacSwain: I thought it would be a helpful contribution to the current conversation on Scripture to direct readers to the "Ten Themes" and "Seven Principles" of Anglican biblical interpretation that were identified by the Anglican Communion's "Bible in the Life of the Church" project.
Aug
17

A year in review, and some steps forward

A year in review, and some steps forward It’s hard to believe the Covenant relaunch happened a little over a year ago. But we’re here to stay, and we pray that God will use our humble efforts in the renewal of his Church and its common life.

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