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Sep
26

Liturgical anti-intellectualism

Today, the liturgy is to Anglicans what the Bible is to evangelicals: a debilitating intellectual crutch used to excuse indifference to — and even hatred of — the ecclesial commitments borne and sustained by rigorous and thus humbling study.
Dec
3

The American Calvinist

Truly, he is no poet / but clearly he doesn’t know it / and his tedious rhymes / continue / line after line after line.
Dec
1

An Advent devotion

Revelation is always disorienting. The finite cannot comprehend the infinite.
Oct
31

Defending Reformation feast days

If we truly anguish over the Church, then let us beat our breasts, rend our clothes, and sign our foreheads with ashes. The cry and the lament of Reformation should move us to nothing if not these.
Oct
6

The Sundays after Pentecost

Every moment may be set apart and consecrated to God through acts of Christian service and devotion. What else is the Christian life but this?
Sep
23

Am I ‘post-Christian’?

The Barna Group's metrics have far less to do with being ‘post-Christian’ than with being ‘post-evangelical’.
Aug
31

Why be an Anglican?

William writes: “Might you have some encouraging words for someone who is recently converted to Anglicanism / Episcopalianism — who does not want to join ACNA, AMiA, or, for example, the Reformed Episcopal Church — who wants to enter TEC but is frightened because of its current, tragic state?”
Jul
24

Some theses on ‘political theology’

If education does not produce a profound sense of one’s own finitude, then one deserves to hear only the judgment of God: ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?’ (Job 38:2)
Jul
8

What is Anglican monasticism?

I’ve heard you mention monasticism on your blog several times, and I was wondering if you knew of any traditionalist/conservative Anglican monasteries either in the US or in the Church of England?
Jul
8

The Hail Mary and Corpus Christi

Derek writes: 1.) What is doctrinally wrong with the Hail Mary in regards to asking for prayer? How is it different than me asking you for the same? 2.) Why is Eucharistic Adoration frowned upon?
Jun
26

Scandalum magnum

Bishops do not need to be given honorary doctorates. Bishops should only be given the crosier and the pectoral cross—and they should already possess the Prayer Book, the Bible, and a humble Christian piety which preaches the scandal of scandals: ‘Christ crucified’ (1 Cor. 1:23).
Feb
18

A meditation for Lent I

This brief meditation for the first Sunday in Lent was originally printed in the bulletin at my parish, Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.
Jun
4

A measuring rod

The canon of Scripture contains “all things necessary for salvation,” but it does not contain all things necessary for running the Church. This latter task is fulfilled by canon law.
Mar
27

Defending the bishops [updated]

Today Diarmaid MacCulloch’s writing has been shown to be selective, speculative, tendentious and agenda-ridden.

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