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Jun
26

Scandalum magnum

Bishops do not need to be given honorary doctorates. Bishops should only be given the crosier and the pectoral cross—and they should already possess the Prayer Book, the Bible, and a humble Christian piety which preaches the scandal of scandals: ‘Christ crucified’ (1 Cor. 1:23).
Jun
26

Corpus Christi sermon

I want to stop looking at all that stuff and start looking at Jesus
May
24

St. Paul and the Presiding Bishop

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, delivered a sermon on May 12, the Seventh Sunday of Easter, at All Saints Church in Steenrijk, Curaçao, which is in the Episcopal Church’s Diocese of Venezuela. The first reading for that day was from Acts 16, which recounts the experience Paul and Silas had in Philippi, where they cast out a demon from a...
Apr
25

On Beauty

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Surely in that verse we can see something of the vision of Isabella Stewart Gardner.
Apr
13

Keeping Easter in a world of change

My early formation as an Episcopalian was shaped to a large extent by the first person I ever felt confident in calling “my priest.” Among his many notable features, I learned much from the way he kept Easter. He would remind us Sunday after Sunday, from our Easter Vigil onwards, that we were still in the “great fifty days” and that Easter had not ended in any sense. Our celebration was ongoing....
Mar
26

The enemies of the cross

“For many walk as enemies of the cross of Christ…” We have now entered Holy Week and have begun our intense contemplation of the passion and cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The season of Lent is ending, but this reading from Philippians assigned for the Daily Office presses upon us precisely as our time of denial draws nearer to its appointed end, to its climax and completion in the Triduum. At...
Mar
2

Return to your first love

I would like to think that we have not become so warped by our passions and by a reliance on our controversies to sustain our interest in one another, in Anglican forms of Christian faith, and, ultimately, in Christ. But I fear we may have. And so I must recall to us all, those resonant words from Christ: “I have this against you, that you have abandoned your first love.”
Feb
28

Jo Bailey Wells to Lambeth

Very happy news, and can't think of a better person for the job.
Feb
18

A meditation for Lent I

This brief meditation for the first Sunday in Lent was originally printed in the bulletin at my parish, Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.
Feb
12

Augustinian brothers? Not so fast

Hard to believe the suggestion that Rowan and Benedict are anti-Thomists. But perhaps they did resist a contemporary “stripping of the altars.”
Feb
4

Note on the Collect for Candlemas

Metaphysics can indeed be confusing in this anti-metaphysical age, but it's hard to see how it is "helpful" to avoid it altogether.
Feb
1

+Welby and being a people of peace

Yes, there are important disagreements and issues at stake. Yes, there’s enough blame to go around. But let’s not compare each other to terrorists and schoolchildren-murderers. Let’s at least start there.
Jan
28

Re-thinking Charles the Martyr

Whatever it is, it is anti-puritanical. It is against the simplistic modern legal precisions (both Catholic and Protestant) and their tendency to sever the good and the beautiful from the true.
Jan
8

‘Bearing with One Another in Love’

Toward Reconciliation in South Carolina

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