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Apr
22

Mysterium fidei

Mysterium fidei Through the Paschal mystery, dear friends, we are buried with Christ by Baptism into his death, and raised with him to newness of life. So declaims the celebrant to the liturgical assembly, according to the use of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, at the Great Vigil of Easter and on other occasions when baptismal vows are publicly renewed. It is beyond obvious that there is a wide variety of narratives...
Mar
5

Sabermetrics for the Church?

Sabermetrics for the Church? In the mid-1990s, baseball analysts began to take advantage of the rapid rise of computing power. Is there a way the Church could ride the sabermetric wave?
Dec
30

Good and evil, Scrooge and Cosby

Good and evil, Scrooge and Cosby None of us are either good persons or bad persons. All of us are persons who do both good things and bad things. All of us are flawed, sinful persons, whether we are Ebenezer Scrooge or Bill Cosby.
Oct
7

Ecclesiometry

Ecclesiometry The Constantinian synthesis has run its course. One might well ask, then, in a world of apostolic mission, what might be the most helpful measure of ecclesial health and vitality?
Feb
10

On bishops being bishops

(Presiding and otherwise)
Jan
25

A hermeneutic of ecumenism

Today is the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, the complementary bookend to the Confession of St. Peter, which was a week ago. This eight-day period each January is known as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Oct
15

Reading a sign of the times

For starters, it's a $17 hamburger. That alone merits at least a raised eyebrow.
May
24

St. Paul and the Presiding Bishop

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, delivered a sermon on May 12, the Seventh Sunday of Easter, at All Saints Church in Steenrijk, Curaçao, which is in the Episcopal Church’s Diocese of Venezuela. The first reading for that day was from Acts 16, which recounts the experience Paul and Silas had in Philippi, where they cast out a demon from a...
Jan
7

‘Lord, make me hurt more’

On Christian unity
Dec
16

Pointing to Jesus

Towards understanding the Newtown massacre
Nov
16

A bridge not far enough

The Presiding Bishop has released a pastoral letter to the people of the Diocese of South Carolina. If one wishes to see an olive branch in her words, I believe there is one there to be seen. The first and last paragraphs tilt in a conciliatory direction … or at least give it a glance. And Bishop Katharine’s writing is usually nothing if not clear, which is a virtue in itself. Inasmuch as its...
Nov
15

For the Love of God

This post is an exercise in futility. So why bother? Because it is sometimes in such moments when truth can be most clearly spoken. There is nothing to lose in being direct, and nothing to gain by being subtle. The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina has been “a thing” for some years now. The overwhelming majority in the diocese have been dismayed at a succession of decisions and...
Nov
7

Justin Welby: A TLC interview

“I would like to be known, in headlines or otherwise, as a bishop who cared about God and cared about the people.”
Jul
22

The Lord’s Day (VIII Pentecost)

With a tailwind, it’s nearly two hours shorter than the westbound trip. On the clock, we landed at O’Hare two hours before we took off in Tokyo!

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