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Liturgy, language, and reliving Christ’s life

Liturgy, language, and reliving Christ’s life I had grown up as an evangelical, so it came as a surprise that I ended up in an Anglican church in college, but I discovered gifts of church tradition there that I had never encountered before.

No one is a no one

No one is a no one There is not a man, woman, or child that we will not declare a no one if it suits our interests, that we will not drive to the brow of the hill, so that we might hurl them off the cliff. But no one is a no one.

The art of prayer

The art of prayer Prayer need not be elaborate to be powerful. Like art, prayer expresses the inner yearning of the human soul, and our souls reach out toward God as God reaches toward us.

Strive to enter that rest

Strive to enter that rest The Daily Office requires each Christian to begin the day by reciting Psalm 95, meditating on the profound similarity between Israel's rebellion and the rebellion that lurks deep in every heart.

Throwback Thursday 1: “Rebooting Anglican communication”

Throwback Thursday 1: “Rebooting Anglican communication” "We have lost the capacity to receive what is new," says Michael Poon. Hip as we are here at Covenant, we thought it might be fitting to tap into the general cultural expectation around Throwback Thursday, but subvert it a bit, highlighting some past contributions of enduring value.

Worship, law, and “my personal Jesus”

The idea of a personal relationship with Jesus that lacks the experience of grace as command is just plain silly. Like sex without committed fellowship under God, it ain't the real thing.


Health Good structures are necessary but not sufficient conditions for healthy churches in the twenty-first century.

O Lord, open thou our lips

O Lord, open thou our lips I grew up in the Pentecostal Church, which is another way of saying I grew up in a tradition where we go to church to sing. This value for singing and musical expression was ubiquitous. On our way to church, we would listen to praise music; in church, I would tarry at the altar call singing “Let It Rain,” “Oh The Glory of Your Presence,” “I Just Can’t Stop Praising His Name,” and, “I...

Sanctified wealth

"You cannot serve God and wealth." But God has an inheritance for us. And surely our institutions and their wealth are part of this, as they are placed in the service of sanctification, holiness, by God’s grace.

Seeking the Lord’s face and seeing his back

Seeking the Lord’s face and seeing his back On Monday, July 21, the Word of the Lord came to me. Sort of. But I only recognized him when he had already gone.

The next culture war?

The next culture war? What are the beliefs that are so integral to our faith that we must act upon them, even in the face of laws that allow no room for religious exemption? What are the convictions we hold in common that we can act upon together, even in opposition to the cultural consensus?

More Catholic than the Pope

More Catholic than the Pope “That’s no way to talk to the Pope.” This gratuitous and immature comment was my lame attempt at humor. The occasion was the reading of the notorious incident in Syrian Antioch, narrated by St. Paul in Galatians 2:11-14, Paul upbraiding Cephas.

Transitions: the search process

Transitions: the search process Pastors come and pastors go. I am in the middle of that at this moment, an experience that many of us have had on either side of the pulpit.

Christian worship is boring

The Holy Eucharist is supposed to be boring. So claims the Catholic theologian James Alison. He says, “When people tell me that they find Mass boring, I want to say to them: it’s supposed to be boring, or at least seriously underwhelming. It’s a long term education in becoming un-excited.” He’s right, I think. Let me explain. Alison’s claim about the Mass being boring or unexciting...

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