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Aug
26

Brought up short

Brought up short I am an almost classic case of the evangelical on the Canterbury Trail, but I don’t see the evidence that the graceful aestheticism of liturgy “produces” gracious persons or that worshiping in the beauty of holiness makes holy persons.
Aug
25

Review: Rowan Williams, Being Christian

What does being Christian entail? What distinguishes the Christian community from other communities? What do the diverse Christian traditions hold in common?
Aug
22

Mary: an icon of human destiny in Christ

Mary: an icon of human destiny in Christ Mary shows us our own destiny as children of God and as heirs with Christ of the promises of the Father. The Blessed Virgin shows us what it looks like to be a finite creature wrapped, by grace and faith and love, in God’s own eternity.
Aug
21

Christian discipline

Christian discipline Culturally speaking, the word discipline brings to mind notions of strictness and censure, but the discipline of following Christ is not primarily about following rules.
Aug
20

The assumptions of the Assumption

The assumptions of the Assumption On the face of it, Mary’s Assumption, body and soul, into heaven, is one of the most challenging traditions of the Church. One of my seminary professors loved to say that, for him, the Assumption was just too much of an assumption. It certainly presents a unique obstacle to many of our Protestant brethren. And this is in large part because the event does suggest, in a strange way, that the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus wasn’t enough, that there had to be something more.
Aug
19

The future of the Church

The future of the Church The young people who comprise these choirs develop an ability (now rare) to articulate matters of faith with true conviction and confidence by praying and singing the Psalms and the great music of the Anglican tradition week in and week out and by being encouraged to think about the meaning of what they’re singing and to consider why a composer might have made the musical choices he did.
Aug
18

Common prayer and conflict

Common prayer and conflict Is boutique religion a lasting trend? Shall each congregation seek to fashion itself to cater to the delights of a significant number of local people to keep the doors open?
Aug
15

The assumption of labor

We bear hope that the present wounds in the Church might themselves herald the arrival of something ever old and ever new, the appearance of the City with eternal foundations. Indeed, we have faith that God wishes to build something out of the weeping ruins of our division.
Aug
15

Mary’s yes to God

While among Christians Jesus has escaped his detractors, his mother still carries the weight of human detraction, or perhaps worse still types of adoration that rob her of her humanity.
Aug
8

Teaching with power and love

For those who have been called to teaching, “we should not think it is sufficient for our salvation” if we shirk our duties in a time of theological malaise; it is not enough if we come up simply to the level of an “untaught crowd” (Bede, Homily 1.20). Make no mistake: the teachers of the Church will be judged for this turn.
Aug
6

Memory and delivery: World War I

Last Tuesday I had a morning with the Dorset Army Cadet Force, at their annual camp. I reminded them of a Russian proverb: "Dwell in the past and you’ll lose an eye. Forget the past and you’ll lose both eyes." We are here today to remember.
Aug
1

Covenant relaunch

Covenant relaunch Covenant is about to enter a new stage of its life. Filling a long-needed niche in the Anglican blogging world, it will be a place for generous, orthodox commentary, conversation, and mutual formation that is evangelical and catholic, academic and pastoral, Anglican and ecumenical.
Jul
25

The Anglican way

I shall seek to write down that which I believe to be the essence of Anglicanism. None of the elements I note are in themselves the exclusive property of our tradition, but taken together they express what our church—with a small c—has sought be at its best.
Jul
18

Apostolic sacrifice

We never read apart from our experience of the rest of life. My own reading of A Brutal Unity was overshadowed by an exciting but overwhelming task whose discharging lay just on the other side of the Covenant retreat in La Porte.
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)

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