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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.
Nov
8

TLC 247/11 online

The Nov. 24 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Nov
3

Trunk or Treat at St. Mary’s

We didn’t see our rector anywhere, but there was a wizard standing out on the street corner, waving his wand and generally carrying on, who looked curiously like him.
Oct
31

Defending Reformation feast days

If we truly anguish over the Church, then let us beat our breasts, rend our clothes, and sign our foreheads with ashes. The cry and the lament of Reformation should move us to nothing if not these.
Oct
28

After Quincy

Rethinking the purpose of our common life
Oct
25

TLC 247/10 online

The Nov. 10 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Oct
22

Spiritual baseball

The unlikely path to intimacy with Jesus
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.

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