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May
1

Will the goats please stand up?

Will the goats please stand up? For despite the major things Godspell gets wrong, I think it gets this one thing right. It is only those who continue to beg for mercy, who persevere in the face of judgment that have the temerity to start building the Beautiful City, brick by brick, heart by heart.
Apr
30

Reinforcing clericalism: our misguided service

Reinforcing clericalism: our misguided service Most of our rites for footwashing reinforce clericalism, rather than the mutual submission and service commanded by Jesus.
Apr
29

The burden of angels

The burden of angels A few months ago, I was in a conversation with a friend (a former classmate and now a fellow seminary professor at a different institution). She mentioned at some point that she didn’t believe that angels really exist. “They don’t fit within my metaphysics,” she explained. I was flummoxed. I couldn’t recall ever hearing anyone say that before. But as I thought about it, I...
Apr
28

Things Episcopalians say (2): “You don’t have to check your brains at the door.”

Things Episcopalians say (2): “You don’t have to check your brains at the door.” After all, is there any Christian tradition that more effortlessly embraces a sophisticated intellectual idiom within a refined aesthetic sensibility?
Apr
27

Grace, grace, and grace: how to battle Osteenism in our time

Grace, grace, and grace: how to battle Osteenism in our time We must take the Osteen out of our own eyes before we go looking to remove it from our neighbor's.
Apr
24

“It is finished”: the residue of the Passion in Eastertide

“It is finished”: the residue of the Passion in Eastertide Jesus’ ministry in the world was, as it were, a betrothal. But the Cross is the consummation of the union of divine nature and human nature.
Apr
23

Going to an ancient land

Going to an ancient land We are called to rejoice in the fellowship of those we cannot see or hear or touch, but who witness to us, urging us to "Build well."
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...
Apr
21

A different sort of scholar

A different sort of scholar “My entire worldview has been shaped and transformed by my involvement at the parish near campus.” A junior in college wrote this sentence about the life and work he’s found hanging around the upstairs choir room in the church he attends two blocks from his university campus. Last year, he was confirmed there when he was a sophomore.  He had stumbled in as a freshman, looking for...
Apr
17

Woe to Assyria

Woe to Assyria Westerners cannot use reason to talk IS out of conducting jihad. So what is the solution?
Apr
16

Being in remission

Being in remission Once in awhile, something that I say as a part of the liturgy just leaps off of the page and grabs me.
Apr
15

6 characteristics of growing churches

6 characteristics of growing churches If you want your church to grow, here is a six-pack of growing church characteristics backed up by data.
Apr
14

The end repeats the beginning

The end repeats the beginning The liturgy is a ritual enactment of the Last Day, a corporate enactment of our collective hope. But it also mirrors the beginning of days.
Apr
13

Easter Communion

Easter Communion The poetry of Easter is so very rich — reaching out as far as we can reach in our limited vocabularies for a way to say what needs to be said.

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