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Nov
5

Ebola anxiety, West Africa, and the quality of mercy

Ebola anxiety, West Africa, and the quality of mercy I am only doing small, specific things that I can easily do. You too can do some small, specific things.
Nov
4

Liturgy and becoming a “less bad” person

Liturgy and becoming a “less bad” person One thing that I’ve noticed on this blog is a willingness to criticize inflated claims for the liturgy. But, properly chastened, can we make claims that the liturgy "works," making you a better person?
Nov
3

Church of the Japanese holdout?

Church of the Japanese holdout? Hiroo Onoda spent twenty-nine years fighting a war that had been over for a long time. Is this an analogy for the Church?
Oct
31

Halloween thoughts

Halloween thoughts What is the connection between devils, witches, goblins, and All Saints, and is it pernicious to participate in the revelries of the Eve if one is a believer who honors the Day?
Oct
30

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.
Oct
29

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.
Oct
27

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.
Oct
24

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.
Oct
23

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.
Oct
22

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.
Oct
21

Health

Health Good structures are necessary but not sufficient conditions for healthy churches in the twenty-first century.
Oct
20

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...
Oct
17

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.
Oct
16

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.

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