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Jul
17

Let conscience go

The whole notion, which shows up with dogmatic insistency in A Brutal Unity, that conscience is something that can and should be sacrificed will appear to many Christians as an incomprehensible foreign intrusion into what we take to be the very essence of Christian existence.
Jul
16

Tough medicine

The Covenant Seminar was just what I needed. Of course, the fellowship was delightful: to form new bonds of friendship and renew old ones is a valuable thing in itself. The beautiful setting, reverent worship, and time away from my parish all worked their medicinal effects.
Jul
15

Reading Radner (part 1)

Of all the delights in the day-to-day work of the Living Church Foundation, the greatest may be the opportunity we have to encourage and give voice to young leaders in the Church, and to be challenged and refreshed by them in turn.
Jul
7

Anglicans and confession

You can confess to an Anglican priest.
Jun
26

On the Octave of Corpus Christi

As I was traveling on Corpus Christi itself, I didn’t have a chance to post something useful or interesting. I offer this for the Octave: a selected translation from the De institutione clericorum of Rabanus Maurus, Abbot of Fulda and Archbishop of Mainz (d. 856). This work was one of those handbooks of ‘basic’ doctrine made in the Carolingian era and frequently used for the instruction...
Jun
18

Likeness litany: facing the Image

Formed in the image and likeness of God, / We rejoice; / Fired by violence and facing away, / We recoil; / Defaced, despairing, curved in on ourselves, / We cry; / Remaking, repairing, curved into the world, / You come, the Image of God.
Jun
16

Bad art and the Church

I am somewhat surprised to find myself defending the use of “bad” art, at least in religious settings, and I should admit from the beginning that I write in partial hope of persuading myself in the wake of Trinity Sunday, when we’ve realized the degree to which our conceptions fail to grasp the mystery of God’s being.
Jun
11

Trinity litany: mission in communion

In the beginning, mission in communion: / The Father sent the Son and the Spirit.
Jun
7

What the Ascension is (and isn’t)

The Ascension is a real departure and a real exaltation into the heavens. At the same time, we are sure that his body is present with us in mysteries and sacraments: in Eucharist and Baptism, in the gathered church, in particular saints.
Jun
4

Pentecost litany

The Church and the Nations
May
30

TLC 248/11 online

The June 15 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
May
30

Jordan Hylden, ECF Fellow 2014

Jordan Hylden, a contributor to The Living Church and its weblog, Covenant, is among the Episcopal Church Foundation’s 2014 Fellows.
May
29

Ascension song

The riven earth trembles / As up-bearing angels / Host him unaware / Who dashed foot and hand and heart / With five open wounds, / Wine-staining his garments red / A shame to Massless spirits.
May
21

Order, administration, and God

Sometimes, God seems curiously concerned with order. This aspect of God’s character, as portrayed in Scripture, is not frequently emphasized in much contemporary theology.
May
15

Confusions, holidays, and greed

Among the many confusions of living abroad, none strikes me so often as keeping track of holidays. You don’t realize how accustomed you are to the rhythm of a particular national calendar, until it is changed, and you find yourself celebrating Mother’s Day on the wrong Sunday or waking up and not realizing it’s a ‘Bank Holiday’ until you go to pick up your dry cleaning and the shop is closed.
May
9

TLC 248/10 online

The May 25 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Apr
19

TLC 248/9 online

The May 4 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Apr
17

Poor Peter

Peter’s qualification to lead was not based on his talents or suitability, his virtue or freedom from error, but simply on his vocation, his calling.
Apr
12

Lest we forget

We do need to go to dark Calvary before we approach Resurrection. Resurrection isn’t reinvention. It can only be understood in the light of all that went before, immediately before and in the story of Israel’s relationship with her God.
Apr
4

TLC 248/8 online

The April 20 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Mar
25

TLC essay competition 2014

The Living Church is pleased to announce the fifth annual Student Essays in Christian Wisdom Competition.
Mar
21

TLC 248/7 online

The April 6 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Mar
18

When principle trumps people

The controversy that erupted over an invitation to the Presiding Bishop to preach at Nashotah House Seminary has been an undignified spectacle.
Mar
17

Dear Church

Katelyn Beaty writes: “You might think I’m writing to throw my lot in with your strongest defenders. After all, I’ve faithfully attended one of your high-church Anglican iterations for seven years, watching with disdain as peers hop from building to building, seeking an ‘awesome’ and ‘powerful’ worship experience (and attractive members of the opposite sex). Instead, I’m writing to apologize.”
Mar
7

TLC 248/6 online

The March 23 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Feb
10

On bishops being bishops

(Presiding and otherwise)
Feb
1

Learning new ecclesial languages

It is not easy to be immersed in other Christian traditions, but it might just heal the Church.
Jan
25

A hermeneutic of ecumenism

Today is the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, the complementary bookend to the Confession of St. Peter, which was a week ago. This eight-day period each January is known as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Jan
24

Do not skew the PB slate

Let’s have no attempts to disrupt the field before a slate appears.
Jan
3

TLC 248/2 online

The Jan. 19 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Dec
20

Building faith that will last

Matt Marino writes: “All branches of the American church have a problem retaining young adults.”
Dec
20

TLC 248/1 online

The January 5 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Dec
19

Fame is fleeting

Phil Robertson occupies a lonely spot in pop-culture tempests now that A&E has booted the patriarch of the Duck Commander empire from his own family’s TV series.
Dec
12

IASCUFO writes from Jamaica

In successive meetings, we have returned to the theology of the human person, known as theological anthropology, exploring what it means to be created in the image and likeness of God in the language of Genesis 1:26-27.
Dec
8

Polity ‘primer’: ACI’s response

The identity of those preparing this primer — most have participated as counsel or witnesses or have been listed as potential witnesses in the various lawsuits — makes obvious that the primary purpose of this document is its perceived usefulness in litigation.
Dec
6

TLC 247/13 online

The December 22 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Dec
3

The American Calvinist

Truly, he is no poet / but clearly he doesn’t know it / and his tedious rhymes / continue / line after line after line.
Dec
1

An Advent devotion

Revelation is always disorienting. The finite cannot comprehend the infinite.
Nov
24

TLC 247/12 online

The December 8 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Nov
22

Perfect happiness

Marriage is a very good thing, perhaps the best of the things that belong to this world alone, but it not the best of all things. And I think that for the sake of Christian marriages everywhere, facing this truth is actually a tremendous blessing.

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