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Jul
26

Comedy as commentary: What is truth?

Comedy as commentary: What is truth? Comedy has moved far past slapstick, and instead wishes to call forth something deeper within the mind, body, and soul.
Jul
19

Only the dumb ones go into parish ministry

Only the dumb ones go into parish ministry I am not sure what seminaries intend to train people to do these days, but I am convinced that it has very little to do with actually running a church.
Jul
15

A sacred conversation on race: Speaking the Word of peace

A sacred conversation on race: Speaking the Word of peace The Church’s members very often cannot tell the difference between the Church’s message and that of some other community.
Jul
14

A sacred conversation on race: Genesis and context

A sacred conversation on race: Genesis and context “A Sacred Conversation on Race” was born out of admitting that we, the baptized, do in fact experience racial enmity.
Jun
24

To my kids: after the Orlando Pulse attack

To my kids: after the Orlando Pulse attack I'm writing you this letter to let you know my heart, to prepare you for worse things yet to come, and (hopefully) to give you a bit of courage.
Jun
13

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Sidelining Indigenous voices

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Sidelining Indigenous voices What a gift it would have been if First Nations and Inuit elders were directly consulted and their words transcribed (and translated, if need be) for all to read.
Jun
12

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Misunderstanding Acts 15

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Misunderstanding Acts 15 In discussions of same-sex marriage, we end up with a strange (and strangely popular) historicist interpretation of the “Council of Jerusalem” in Acts 15.
Jun
10

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Misreading Romans 1 and Richard Hays

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Misreading Romans 1 and Richard Hays Paul refers to a fallen humanity tragically caught up in rebellion against God and his created order, whether a person is beset by covetousness, gossip, or sexual sins.
Jun
9

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Dismissing our Lord and his Gospels

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Dismissing our Lord and his Gospels The most disheartening section of This Holy Estate comes in its treatment of the words of Jesus in Mark 10:1-10 and Matthew 19:1-9.
Jun
7

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Locating ourselves in the biblical narrative

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Locating ourselves in the biblical narrative To walk through the biblical narrative is to discover that marriage in God’s purpose has a particular shape.
May
9

Julian for the whole of our lives

Julian for the whole of our lives The most wonderful thing about Julian, as a mystic, theological friend, and spiritual companion, is that she does more than just tell us about God. She actually shares with us her own incomplete, decades-long process of coming to terms with her experience of a God of love who is actually at work, in all things, in each moment.
Mar
28

The blessing of confession

The blessing of confession Some urge that confession be restricted to Lent in future liturgies. Yet to omit confession would also omit the great blessing we receive through the weekly challenge to confess, forgive, and be forgiven.
Mar
8

New Zealand’s “way forward” on same-sex marriage: An evaluation

New Zealand’s “way forward” on same-sex marriage: An evaluation This report marks a significant departure from traditional Anglican and broader Christian teaching that marriage is a gift of God in creation.
Mar
3

Governing grace and communion

Governing grace and communion By Timothy Sedgwick The crisis confronting the the Anglican Communion is not necessarily a tragic moment of division. It is first of all an opportunity to discern what are the ways to respond to Christ's prayer to follow him faithfully that Christians may be one as he and the Father are one, that the world may believe (John 17:21).

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