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May
27

What God has joined together: the sacraments of marriage and baptism

What God has joined together: the sacraments of marriage and baptism Marriage, insofar as parenthood renders it sacramental, finds its ultimate end in the union of Christ and the Church and its penultimate end in "nurturing" children in the faith.
May
27

From crisis to renewal: the Episcopal Church and all Creation

From crisis to renewal: the Episcopal Church and all Creation The renewal of the Church and of Creation will require people who know in their bones that the path to life leads through sacrifice and death.
May
26

The excluded middle

The excluded middle Party spirit has invaded the Church. To be taken seriously, one must be either a traditionalist or a progressive.
May
25

The lost secret of Anglicanism

The lost secret of Anglicanism Claiming that Anglicanism actually is something is not always popular.
May
23

More from Fully Alive

More from Fully Alive New essays on Scripture and Sexuality from two professors at Episcopal seminaries. And a note from Covenant's editor.
May
22

Returning the ticket

Returning the ticket Because of the suffering of children, Dostoyevsky's Ivan was willing to "return his ticket" to God. "Pregnant at Harvard?" reminded me of his rebellion.
May
21

More commentary on Marriage Task Force

More commentary on Marriage Task Force Critiques of the Marriage Task Force’s proposals are coming in from all quarters.
May
19

A Blues Brothers mystagogy

A Blues Brothers mystagogy Every other time I've watched this movie, the repeating theme wherein the “brothers” insist that they are on a “mission from God” came across to me simply as part of the joke of the movie or as a blasphemy.
May
18

Is there an “Anglican understanding” of the New Testament?

Is there an “Anglican understanding” of the New Testament? At the end of every class at the Anglican seminary where I teach, my students fill out a course evaluation with this question on it.
May
15

Dialogues on hope and hellfire: St. Isaac the Syrian in Alvin Kimel’s Eclectic Orthodoxy

Dialogues on hope and hellfire: St. Isaac the Syrian in Alvin Kimel’s Eclectic Orthodoxy Insistently and unambiguously Universalist, St. Isaac believed that God’s love will conquer every rebel heart.
May
13

“You brood of vipers!” The lost art of denunciation

“You brood of vipers!” The lost art of denunciation We can go wrong by not preaching against things. Most preachers (and I include myself in this category) are cowards.
May
12

Paschal penitence

Paschal penitence The New Testament suggests that there is nothing more paschal in character, than the transitional moment represented by our repentance and God’s forgiveness.
May
11

Something to eat

Something to eat Why does the risen Jesus ask for food? Is he hungry? Does he need to eat?
May
11

Dear Preacher: some friendly advice from the pew

Dear Preacher: some friendly advice from the pew Do you really want to know about the state of preaching? Ask the laity — we know better than anyone just how bad contemporary preaching is.

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