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Nov
14

Charges grieve several bishops

Bishops of Communion Partners “call upon all concerned to seek a non-juridical solution to these difficult matters.”
Nov
11

Mission & the Daily Office II

In my previous post on this topic I addressed how, in our post-Christian context, the Office can serve to renew the catechumenate and foster discipleship. In this one I want to point out how this can relate to the issue — rather obsessively pushed by some in TEC in recent times — of Communion Regardless of Faith and Baptism. I use this phrase because it gets beyond the spin we get talking only...
Nov
8

Prayers for Bishop Justin Welby

Dr. Welby is an experienced executive and manager. He’s a man of courage who has narrowly escaped danger in visits to northern Nigeria fairly recently. He and his wife have experienced personal tragedy in the loss of a child in a car wreck. He is approachable and down to earth.
Nov
7

Justin Welby: A TLC interview

“I would like to be known, in headlines or otherwise, as a bishop who cared about God and cared about the people.”
Nov
5

‘Be disciples today’

Archbishop of Canterbury: “God expects us to be disciples today, not the day after tomorrow.”
Nov
2

Nashotah honors Met. Hilarion

By Steve Waring: On receiving St. Tikhon's chasuble, Metropolitan Hilarion looked like a beaming young boy on Christmas morning.
Nov
2

November 18 TLC posted

The Nov. 18 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Nov
2

ACC: time to retool?

Members of the Anglican Consultative Council reflect on the present and future of the Instruments of Communion.
Oct
31

Dumbing abandonment down

By Mark McCall: “The larger question is whether South Carolina intended to leave the Episcopal Church by these acts. The answer quite obviously is no.”
Oct
30

Abp. Williams at Vatican synod

“All contemplating of God presupposes God’s own absorbed and joyful knowing of himself and gazing upon himself in the trinitarian life.”
Oct
26

Mourdock, rape, and Christian hope

Is rape "something that God intended to happen"?
Oct
26

Uruguayans appeal to committee

The Anglican Communion’s Standing Committee has decided to convene a subgroup to consider next steps.
Oct
25

Several primates support +Lawrence

Global South letter: “We all want to assure you and the Diocese of South Carolina of our continuing prayers and support.”
Oct
19

Why we should dress up for church

If we notice the importance of particular meals in our daily lives (Thanksgiving, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas [!]), ought we not remember the Last Supper in the same way?
Oct
19

November 4 TLC posted

The November 4 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Oct
11

Polity politics or the rule of law?

A Response to Bishop Whalon
Oct
7

On marriage and divorce

How is Jesus’ rejection of divorce for the purpose of remarrying good news?
Oct
5

September 23 TLC posted

The October 21 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Oct
4

Let the meetings begin

The presiding officers of General Convention have announced 261 appointments to the church’s committees, commissions, agencies and boards.
Sep
21

October 7 TLC posted

The October 7 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Sep
20

IASCUFO issues communique

Members reflected on the Christian calling to work for the visible unity of God’s Church as ambassadors for Christ in the ministry of reconciliation.
Sep
16

The third option

Reflecting on the tragedy in Libya
Sep
9

The necessity of good works

We are saved by faith alone, so our good works don't matter, right? Not so fast, grasshopper!
Sep
6

September 23 TLC posted

The Sept. 23 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Sep
2

Unpacking via media

Greg Garrett suggests American politics would benefit if the nation learned about via media from us Episcopalians. But is via media about compromise, as he suggests?
Sep
1

Authority and invisible activities

For the last several years, it has been my habit to keep abreast of news in the Roman Catholic community for what may be obvious reasons: they are the largest organized Christian body in the world, and what they do and don’t do, what they say and don’t say, inevitably affects our our work and witness.
Aug
30

Choose this day whom you will serve

We can believe in many things and serve many masters. The choice you make is the most important choice of your life.
Aug
24

September 9 TLC posted

The September 9 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Aug
19

The husband is the head of the wife?

Some find offensive the biblical claim that the husband is the head of the wife. Others see the doctrine as God's law. What are we to make of this?
Aug
12

Sunday Sermon: Reforming tastes

There are questions, of course, about what constitutes a matter of taste. But few of us would really disagree that once you do find that mystical territory of taste, rational argument doesn’t enter into it.
Aug
10

August 26 TLC posted

The August 26 edition of The Living Church, which marks St. Augustine’s feast day, is available online.
Jul
30

Mission & the Daily Office I

One of the great achievements of the liturgical revisions of the last century for Anglicans lies in making the Eucharist the central act of worship for the church. Yet one of the attendant misfortunes, which seems to have happened almost by accident, and which scholar and blogger Derek Olsen has repeatedly lamented and sought to change, is how the Daily Office slowly yet systematically began to be...
Jul
30

Boycotting the virtues away

Whether or not you go to Chick-fil-A (or any business) does not exhaust your possibilities as a moral agent.
Jul
30

A liturgical evangelical

By Leonard Finn. Charles Simeon essentially seeks an anti-dogmatic dogmatics, a mode of doing theology, which is “Scriptural, in contradistinction to the systematic.
Jul
29

Is Spirit another name for Reason?

Some Christians justify actions by claiming the authority of the Spirit. Are there times when the Spirit contradics Jesus?
Jul
27

Firsthand from Thailand

Four North American participants report on the Global South Conference on the Decade of Mission and Networking, which met July 16-21 in Thailand.
Jul
27

One body

The leaders of the Episcopal Church now face a “Mauricean” moment, in which the nature and extent of our diversity will be decided.
Jul
27

August 12 TLC online

The August 12 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Jul
24

Culture and faith

The debate about the influence of what is termed culture on faith lies behind most conflict in the contemporary Western Church. Of course it all depends on how one defines “culture” and how one defines “faith.”
Jul
23

Quality worship

Are Cathedrals the only congregations capable of excellence in their public worship?

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