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Jun
27

Strategy and the decline of the mainline

Strategy and the decline of the mainline A good strategy understands the depth and complexity of the problem.
Jun
24

To my kids: after the Orlando Pulse attack

To my kids: after the Orlando Pulse attack I'm writing you this letter to let you know my heart, to prepare you for worse things yet to come, and (hopefully) to give you a bit of courage.
Jun
23

Teachers and learners: Catching the kingdom together

Teachers and learners: Catching the kingdom together We "catch" our religion from one another; we join our teachers in the faith in holy fellowship.
Jun
22

The religious life and faithful flourishing in the Episcopal Church

The religious life and faithful flourishing in the Episcopal Church A flourishing parish will raise up future monks and nuns who are willing to dedicate their lives to poverty, chastity, and obedience.
Jun
21

To Trebizond by camel, with tea

To Trebizond by camel, with tea The enchanting beauty and intricate patterns of Anglo-Catholic liturgy provide the lineaments of imagination in The Towers of Trebizond.
Jun
20

Reading Paul for the unity of the Church

Reading Paul for the unity of the Church How might one read Paul in a way that furthers the cause of visible Christian unity?
Jun
17

The malice of perpetual outrage

The malice of perpetual outrage We talk about helicopter parents, but society has become filled with helicopter observers, who presume tragedy would be averted if they were in control.
Jun
16

Trinitarian cuisine

Trinitarian cuisine My wife, Monica, fires up the holy trinity of Cajun cooking (bell pepper, celery, and onions) in a skillet and I know that bliss is only a few hours away.
Jun
15

Consume or be consumed

Consume or be consumed Either we consume him, recognizing him in the bread and in the gathered community, or he consumes us.
Jun
14

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Disrupting ecumenical and Anglican harmony

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Disrupting ecumenical and Anglican harmony The report suggests a desire to explore the possibilities of a parochial “dissonance,” rather than a Catholic harmony.
Jun
13

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Sidelining Indigenous voices

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Sidelining Indigenous voices What a gift it would have been if First Nations and Inuit elders were directly consulted and their words transcribed (and translated, if need be) for all to read.
Jun
12

Prayers for Orlando

Prayers for Orlando God's love for every human being is the same, regardless of their sexuality, and the church should never by its actions give any other impression.
Jun
12

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Misunderstanding Acts 15

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Misunderstanding Acts 15 In discussions of same-sex marriage, we end up with a strange (and strangely popular) historicist interpretation of the “Council of Jerusalem” in Acts 15.
Jun
11

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Same-sex marriage, and a failed argument from analogy

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Same-sex marriage, and a failed argument from analogy The report seeks a unique definition of marriage for same-sex partners, but never provides it. Instead, it resorts to an unrelated analogy.
Jun
10

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Misreading Romans 1 and Richard Hays

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Misreading Romans 1 and Richard Hays Paul refers to a fallen humanity tragically caught up in rebellion against God and his created order, whether a person is beset by covetousness, gossip, or sexual sins.
Jun
9

Reconsidering the Benedict Option and Yale

Reconsidering the Benedict Option and Yale Last year I was very concerned about higher education. In fact, it seemed to me that our elite institutions were going to become no-go zones for anyone who did not toe the progressive line that moves further out by the minute. Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option presented an easy explanation and solution: See, everything is going to hell. Let’s abandon mainstream life and hunker down. In recent months I have...
Jun
9

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Dismissing our Lord and his Gospels

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Dismissing our Lord and his Gospels The most disheartening section of This Holy Estate comes in its treatment of the words of Jesus in Mark 10:1-10 and Matthew 19:1-9.
Jun
8

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Ignoring the Old Testament

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Ignoring the Old Testament This Holy Estate engages only two Old Testament texts, Genesis 1 and Genesis 2, deeming them largely irrelevant. But we must attend to the whole of the Old Testament, not least for how the Word speaks in and through it.
Jun
7

A catechism of Nature (3): Edge effect

A catechism of Nature (3): Edge effect We were again on the edge of something exceeding our competence, a patchwork of boundaries.
Jun
7

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Locating ourselves in the biblical narrative

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Locating ourselves in the biblical narrative To walk through the biblical narrative is to discover that marriage in God’s purpose has a particular shape.

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