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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.
Apr
9

Why so serious?

Why so serious? The levity of the saints is a lightness that is bright with mirth, heavy with joy, thick with intention and devotion.
Apr
8

Against liturgical seasons

Against liturgical seasons When do we get to talk about the Cross again?
Apr
6

Analog Christianity

Analog Christianity Convenience is sometimes overrated. It can even obscure what is good, holy, and true.
Apr
2

The enemies of the Cross

The enemies of the Cross How have we set ourselves up as enemies of the Cross? In what ways have we avoided the suffering which establishes community?
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.

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