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Oct
18

The age of too much information

Fewer and fewer places boast the community necessary for raising and sustaining people of integrity.
Oct
15

Reading a sign of the times

For starters, it's a $17 hamburger. That alone merits at least a raised eyebrow.
Oct
11

TLC 247/9 online

The October 27 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Oct
6

The Sundays after Pentecost

Every moment may be set apart and consecrated to God through acts of Christian service and devotion. What else is the Christian life but this?
Oct
3

Why is the rich man in Hell?

Ignore the poor at your gates with caution.
Sep
27

TLC 247/8 online

The October 13 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Sep
23

Am I ‘post-Christian’?

The Barna Group's metrics have far less to do with being ‘post-Christian’ than with being ‘post-evangelical’.
Sep
19

Why kids?

It’s a whole new level of children-should-be-not-heard — we’re moving toward children-need-not-actually-exist.
Sep
13

TLC 247/7 online

The Sept. 29 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Sep
12

Considering the Trullo Canons

I recently received three sets of books that I had imagined since seminary seeing on my shelves one day: the Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers (I & II). I couldn’t wait to begin dipping into Chrysostom’s homilies and selections from Augustine that I had never read.
Sep
3

On being ‘spiritual, not religious’

There is indeed a waiting that is a listening, yet the path to spiritual flourishing proceeds upward.
Sep
3

Prepare the feast

The Scholar-Priest Initiative strives to reconnect academic theology to its ecclesial roots.
Aug
31

Why be an Anglican?

William writes: “Might you have some encouraging words for someone who is recently converted to Anglicanism / Episcopalianism — who does not want to join ACNA, AMiA, or, for example, the Reformed Episcopal Church — who wants to enter TEC but is frightened because of its current, tragic state?”
Aug
30

Renewing your youth

The 15-year-old of a decade ago is the 25-year-old dropping out of church today.
Aug
30

TLC 247/6 online

The Sept. 15 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Aug
29

Dead and gone?

Our concept of communion with the departed is anchored in our theology of Baptism. Baptism begins eternal life.
Aug
27

My weekend as a detective

Expect bad karma when you steal from a priest.
Aug
24

Abp. Welby’s priority: prayer

To raise a call to prayer, to make it one’s priority beyond all other things, is to declare that prayer has, in some sense, been devalued of late or even abandoned in favor of other activities or no activity.
Aug
16

TLC 247/5 online

The Sept. 1 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Aug
15

Worship as acting

“Isn’t it unnatural to do all that standing and kneeling and unfamiliar singing?” A parishioner asks as we meet for coffee one morning. “Why do we have to do all those strange things?”
Aug
8

Eucharistic agreement

I have some sympathy with Derek Olsen, who bemoaned the fact that while the 1979 Book of Common Prayer seemed to move the Episcopal Church in a more Catholic direction, in practice it did no such thing.
Aug
2

TLC 247/4 online

The latest edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Aug
1

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

How worship with the saints reflects to us the image of God
Jul
26

Fond du Lac nominates three

Diocese in northeast Wisconsin will elect its eighth bishop Oct. 19.
Jul
24

Some theses on ‘political theology’

If education does not produce a profound sense of one’s own finitude, then one deserves to hear only the judgment of God: ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?’ (Job 38:2)
Jul
20

TLC 247/3 online

The Aug. 4 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers
Jul
18

A response to Ephraim Radner

Arguing about the rightness of same-sex marriage distracts us from our theological task, and is the least fruitful way to cultivate the virtue of Christian community.
Jul
18

Same-sex marriage is still wrong

And it’s getting wronger every day
Jul
15

No room for you

As adopted sinners, saved by grace, we are stuck with each other, and there’s no place on earth we can find where we can avoid the company of the baptized, even if we disapprove of their manner of life.
Jul
9

Demons are beloved; you’re not

One does not "listen deeply" to those in the same category as child murderers and terrorists.
Jul
9

Doing theology as a bishop

Doing theology as a bishop, as well as writing it, often turns out to be exhilarating.
Jul
8

What is Anglican monasticism?

I’ve heard you mention monasticism on your blog several times, and I was wondering if you knew of any traditionalist/conservative Anglican monasteries either in the US or in the Church of England?
Jul
8

The Hail Mary and Corpus Christi

Derek writes: 1.) What is doctrinally wrong with the Hail Mary in regards to asking for prayer? How is it different than me asking you for the same? 2.) Why is Eucharistic Adoration frowned upon?
Jul
3

TLC 247/2 online

The July 21 edition of TLC is available online to registered subscribers.
Jul
2

Ambassadors for the Gospel

Whereas in the course of the progress of the reign of God it becomes necessary for the Church to dissolve the bonds which hinder it from assuming an equal station among the principalities and powers of the earth
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
Jun
21

TLC 247/1 online

The July 7 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Jun
7

TLC 246/13 online

The latest edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
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...

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