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Jul
28

Facing into the Eucharist

Facing into the Eucharist I could not have imagined a day when celebrating the Eucharist facing “liturgical east” would be considered cutting edge, nouveau, très chic.
Jul
7

Eschew liturgical idiosyncrasy

Eschew liturgical idiosyncrasy When does a desire for liturgical diversity become merely an excuse for anarchy and personal preference?
Apr
13

Notes from a middle-aged episcopate

Notes from a middle-aged episcopate At this year's Chrism Mass of the Diocese of Springfield, I remarked to the assembled clergy and laity that my episcopate can now be considered "middle-aged."
Mar
4

The morphology of Lent

The morphology of Lent Within the context of the Paschal Mystery, we understand our journey through Lent to be a movement from glory to glory.
Dec
7

Jesus, Mel Gibson, and the alpha issue

Jesus, Mel Gibson, and the alpha issue Our new Presiding Bishop talks about Jesus and "the Jesus Movement" a great deal. I expect Episcopalians will find a degree of unity around this theme. But I don’t expect us to stop fighting. Why? Because there are still two very different narratives about Jesus in play.
Oct
30

Jesus trumps

Jesus trumps Bishop Daniel Martins: I'm made uneasy by statements that "Jesus trumps any of the apostles" (usually, most notably, St. Paul), and it's precisely because I've made peace (indeed, made friends) with biblical criticism.
Aug
14

Top 10 rules for reading the Bible

Top 10 rules for reading the Bible Reading the Bible is often a challenge. It can be confusing and troubling, and it is easy to be deceived. These ten guidelines are not the Alpha and Omega of successful biblical interpretation. But perhaps they are useful touchstones.
Jun
9

Through the (Cuban) looking-glass

Through the (Cuban) looking-glass I would propose that the secularization of our society be greeted by Christians with a warm and enthusiastic embrace, veritably with a kiss.
Apr
22

Mysterium fidei

Mysterium fidei Through the Paschal mystery, dear friends, we are buried with Christ by Baptism into his death, and raised with him to newness of life. So declaims the celebrant to the liturgical assembly, according to the use of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, at the Great Vigil of Easter and on other occasions when baptismal vows are publicly renewed. It is beyond obvious that there is a wide variety of narratives...
Mar
5

Sabermetrics for the Church?

Sabermetrics for the Church? In the mid-1990s, baseball analysts began to take advantage of the rapid rise of computing power. Is there a way the Church could ride the sabermetric wave?
Dec
30

Good and evil, Scrooge and Cosby

Good and evil, Scrooge and Cosby None of us are either good persons or bad persons. All of us are persons who do both good things and bad things. All of us are flawed, sinful persons, whether we are Ebenezer Scrooge or Bill Cosby.
Oct
7

Ecclesiometry

Ecclesiometry The Constantinian synthesis has run its course. One might well ask, then, in a world of apostolic mission, what might be the most helpful measure of ecclesial health and vitality?
Feb
10

On bishops being bishops

(Presiding and otherwise)
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.

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