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Oct
6

Your own personal Jesus

Your own personal Jesus A relationship with Jesus that purports to be without rules, without "religion," will turn out to be not a relationship but a fantasy.
Aug
20

The assumptions of the Assumption

The assumptions of the Assumption On the face of it, Mary’s Assumption, body and soul, into heaven, is one of the most challenging traditions of the Church. One of my seminary professors loved to say that, for him, the Assumption was just too much of an assumption. It certainly presents a unique obstacle to many of our Protestant brethren. And this is in large part because the event does suggest, in a strange way, that the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus wasn’t enough, that there had to be something more.
Jul
17

Let conscience go

The whole notion, which shows up with dogmatic insistency in A Brutal Unity, that conscience is something that can and should be sacrificed will appear to many Christians as an incomprehensible foreign intrusion into what we take to be the very essence of Christian existence.
Jul
9

Demons are beloved; you’re not

One does not "listen deeply" to those in the same category as child murderers and terrorists.
Jun
26

Corpus Christi sermon

I want to stop looking at all that stuff and start looking at Jesus
Apr
25

On Beauty

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Surely in that verse we can see something of the vision of Isabella Stewart Gardner.
Feb
4

Note on the Collect for Candlemas

Metaphysics can indeed be confusing in this anti-metaphysical age, but it's hard to see how it is "helpful" to avoid it altogether.
Jan
28

Re-thinking Charles the Martyr

Whatever it is, it is anti-puritanical. It is against the simplistic modern legal precisions (both Catholic and Protestant) and their tendency to sever the good and the beautiful from the true.
Aug
12

Sunday Sermon: Reforming tastes

There are questions, of course, about what constitutes a matter of taste. But few of us would really disagree that once you do find that mystical territory of taste, rational argument doesn’t enter into it.
Jul
30

Boycotting the virtues away

Whether or not you go to Chick-fil-A (or any business) does not exhaust your possibilities as a moral agent.
Jul
23

Quality worship

Are Cathedrals the only congregations capable of excellence in their public worship?
Jul
6

Church and Beer

From Floating Sheep (via The Atlantic Cities) comes this fascinating map: What’s the ideal, I wonder? Perhaps this is a question for the General Convention....
May
21

Stumbling blocks

Humility, unseeing, holds out its hand to be led, and of it is said, "Cursed be he who places a stumbling block in front of the blind man." Charity, seeing, chooses, as it were, to move less in its progress, in order not to desert humility.
Mar
7

On stealing relics

Why steal a relic? Relic theft was common in the Middle Ages, for a variety of reasons. But even in the later Middle Ages, when the sale of relics was increasingly common, profit was only one of them.

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