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Jan
2

Blind justice? An exchange on Ferguson: part 2

Blind justice? An exchange on Ferguson: part 2 The chief task remains one of “squarely facing our own complicity in our condition” — to borrow the President’s phrase.
Jan
1

Blind justice? An exchange on Ferguson: part 1

Blind justice? An exchange on Ferguson: part 1 Racism is a horrible scar on the American soul, but we need to fight it appropriately.
Dec
30

Good and evil, Scrooge and Cosby

Good and evil, Scrooge and Cosby None of us are either good persons or bad persons. All of us are persons who do both good things and bad things. All of us are flawed, sinful persons, whether we are Ebenezer Scrooge or Bill Cosby.
Dec
29

The ox knows its owner

The ox knows its owner The ox knows its owner, and the ass its master’s crib; but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.
Dec
26

No sweet little town of Bethlehem

No sweet little town of Bethlehem As a young child, one of the first Christmas songs I learned was "O Little Town of Bethlehem." I began to think of the song as sweet but a little schmaltzy until I learned that Philips Brooks wrote the song after visiting the town itself.
Dec
25

A call to arms

A call to arms Just the other day, I was reflecting on an influential saint of modern times, whose voluminous songbook has had considerable influence across the globe. His Christian name is Vincent Damon Furnier, but extant evidence demonstrates that he preferred the more ecclesiastical title of Alice Cooper. He is best known for his thesis on Judas, “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” and his reflection on human...
Dec
24

God making room

God making room "He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him." At the nativity, there was no room for God in the world.
Dec
23

Advent anticipation

Advent anticipation This Advent has been different. The early push to Christmas decorations in the mall and the early rush to Christmas music on the radio grated, if it is possible, a little bit more.
Dec
22

John’s Advent epiphany

John’s Advent epiphany John the Baptist figures prominently in our Advent worship, but, in some of the lectionary readings, we meet a Baptist not only charmingly eccentric, but, well, unpleasant.
Dec
19

Wonder Woman and the power of truth

Wonder Woman and the power of truth In a weird way, and one that her creator, William Moulton Marston, certainly never would have anticipated, Wonder Woman is an icon of Christian discipleship.
Dec
18

It shall not be among you

It shall not be among you To chase after the rationalized concept of leadership is already to have half-forgotten the tradition of ministry within the Church. It is to have lost touch with the Church's own culture, imagination, symbolism, and ethic. It is to view it as an outsider, as the cold analyzer,
Dec
17

A church or a faction?

A church or a faction? Next year, the Episcopal Church will elect a new Presiding Bishop. One hopes that those who permit themselves to be nominated as candidates for the office will seek a quiet corner and read about William White.
Dec
16

Do not be afraid: an Advent meditation

Do not be afraid: an Advent meditation In the narratives of Jesus’ birth, one of the most striking elements is the angelic imperative “Do not be afraid!” It sounds forth time and again like a musical refrain.
Dec
15

Advent Calendar: on a poem by Rowan Williams

Advent Calendar: on a poem by Rowan Williams Lord Williams of Oystermouth is inter alia an impressive poet and translator of poetry, and each Advent, I’ve found myself returning to one of Williams’s poems: “Advent Calendar.”

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