Wrought in flesh, redeemed by flesh

Wrought in flesh, redeemed by flesh The mystery and indeed the scandal of the Incarnation, the subject of Christmas and also Easter and Ascension Day, is that God took on flesh in space and time: middle-eastern, Jewish, male.

Telling the Passion

Telling the Passion When he devised the first nativity scene, Francis of Assisi wanted to show that God had a share in poverty. In a similar way and in roughly the same period, the five wounds of Christ were the subject of devotion in prayers, poems, meditations, charms, and even guilds.

Godparents and the meaning of baptism

Godparents and the meaning of baptism What makes for a good godparent? This question gets right at the meaning of the sacrament of baptism itself.

Where do we begin?

Where do we begin? If you and I cannot recognize that we are a “damn mess,” then I’m not sure what Christianity can offer.

Decision 2015 and the work of the Church

Decision 2015 and the work of the Church I just can't buy an ecclesiology that says the Presiding Bishop doesn't matter.

Reinforcing clericalism: our misguided service

Reinforcing clericalism: our misguided service Most of our rites for footwashing reinforce clericalism, rather than the mutual submission and service commanded by Jesus.

Of a car and coffeeshops

Of a car and coffeeshops We come to one person, and we basically are asking them to give us what once an entire village used to provide.

Prayer, dependence, and grace

Prayer, dependence, and grace For the Augustinian Friars, a religious order founded in the thirteenth century, the grace and transforming love of God begins with God and extends from God to humanity, rather than humanity building a ladder, a route that ends only back with humanity and false idols.

Transitions: saying Goodbye, saying Hello

Transitions: saying Goodbye, saying Hello In the fall, Calvin Lane wrote on the search process in clergy transitions. This follow up post explores the practical details involved in ending pastoral relationships and beginning new ones.

Transitions: the search process

Transitions: the search process Pastors come and pastors go. I am in the middle of that at this moment, an experience that many of us have had on either side of the pulpit.

He has her eyes

He has her eyes A simple question. Does Jesus have Mary’s eyes? Does he have her smile? Does he have that same odd expression she makes when she can’t quite get the jelly jar open? Jesus, Son of God and son of Mary, likely did and does look like his mother. What does that, something so simple and so familiar and so quotidian, mean for us?

Calvin Lane

I currently serve as associate rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio and Affiliate Professor of Church History at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. I hold a B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill, an M.T.S. from Nashotah House, and a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Iowa.  In 2013 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (which my old mentor mockingly described as...

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