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Apr
1

Too much stuff

Too much stuff Last year my big brother, Randy, and I met in south Louisiana for the shared task of preparing our mother’s home for sale. Mom had died early on Valentine’s Day, and we agreed to let our grief settle for a few months before we took on the big dig. I had dreaded this work for decades, picturing myself locked in months of indecision while sorting through deep stacks of swing music, family photos, report...
Mar
31

Grace, growth, and God’s dream: three types of sermons

Grace, growth, and God’s dream: three types of sermons There are only three types of sermons.
Mar
30

Honor, shame, and the Gospel in the American South: Part I

Honor, shame, and the Gospel in the American South: Part I This series of posts discusses the honor-shame dynamic of the American South, a Christian challenge to injustice that takes into account the region's social paradigm, and Jackson Wu's "4 Keys to Evangelism in Honor-Shame Cultures."
Mar
27

Evangelicals still aren’t Jewish enough: a roundabout argument for infant baptism

Evangelicals still aren’t Jewish enough: a roundabout argument for infant baptism If you've lived in evangelical sub-culture long enough, you probably have Gentile friends who try to do the Messianic Jew thing, kippahs, tallits, shofars, and all. But it's not enough.
Mar
25

Let’s be logical

Let’s be logical Anglicans pride themselves on being educated and intellectual, but I'm afraid we're no more rational or logical than any other branch of the Church.
Mar
24

What’s love got to do with it?

What’s love got to do with it? A few days ago I attended the annual meeting of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis. One speaker spoke of the role of love in recovery.
Mar
23

Any way the wind blows

Any way the wind blows If the Church loses its grasp on meaning and hope, what do we have to give to the world?
Mar
20

Rachel Held Evans, adult conversion, and the necessity of confirmation

Rachel Held Evans, adult conversion, and the necessity of confirmation Let's not be quick to discard the best things we have to offer.
Mar
19

Echoes of silenced prayer

Echoes of silenced prayer The violence wrought by ISIS and the Syrian civil war threatens to destroy the religious and cultural heritage of the Middle East. Lost Origins Productions is attempting to preserve ancient Sufi and Christian chant in a series of stunning albums.
Mar
18

Wrestling with Christian pedagogy

Wrestling with Christian pedagogy Does the Church's method of teaching differ from that of the classroom?
Mar
17

Being a hypocritical Church

Being a hypocritical Church James Alison suggests that the vocation of a preacher is “Be a professional hypocrite."
Mar
16

Who needs an Anglican Father Brown?

Who needs an Anglican Father Brown? “Finally, an Anglican Father Brown.” Reading this endorsement, I confess that my first response was: “Really? Who needs one?” But I found myself gradually drawn in.
Mar
12

If you love Brené Brown, you might believe in original sin

If you love Brené Brown, you might believe in original sin You might not buy the story that grounds Christianity’s doctrine of original sin. But if you take Christianity’s doctrine of original sin and put it side-by-side with Dr. Brown’s assertions about shame, guilt, and perfectionism, you'll find they line up more closely than you first expected.
Mar
11

No thought for the morrow: St. Benedict Joseph Labre

No thought for the morrow: St. Benedict Joseph Labre Very few of us would be moved to emulate St. Benedict Joseph Labre's life. Even his biographer found it too extreme to propose for imitation.

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