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Jul
3

Against the world for the world

Against the world for the world Grass and sky are but a distant memory, as unto the land of Zion for the exiles in Babylon of old. I sit myself down by the rivers of Clear Creek Mall, and sing songs of Zion. It is time to go home.
Jul
2

Say something theological!

Say something theological! Kneeling in the pews, he looked up at the pulpit from which he had just preached, and noticed that it bore a large banner in front reading, "God is Other People." It was, as he tells it, all he could do to resist the temptation to find a magic marker and place a big black comma after the word "other."
Jul
1

A church reimagined?

A church reimagined? Most of the talk going into General Convention was about three things: a new presiding bishop, marriage, and restructuring the church. We already know most (though not all) of what will happen with respect to the first two. What about 2012's goal of "reimagining the church"? In the battle between structural reform and institutional inertia, is inertia winning?
Jun
30

Marriage redefined?

Marriage redefined? Yesterday, the bishops voted to implement in church canon law and in trial-run liturgies the situation that obtained in this country before last Friday. That is, there will be a majority of dioceses that perform same-sex marriages, and a minority that will not.
Jun
29

Defining marriage: thoughts from a panel

Defining marriage: thoughts from a panel Perhaps the best thing someone said to me afterwards was, "I wish we had been doing this kind of thing for the past 30 years. I think it would have really been good for the church."
Jun
28

Habemus papam!

Habemus papam! Yesterday morning, the bishops sitting in secret conclave in St. Mark's Cathedral elected one of their brothers as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, the soon-to-be Most Reverend Michael J. Curry. There was, alas, no white smoke from the cathedral chimney.
Jun
27

We are marching in the light of God

We are marching in the light of God All of this has lain heavy like a stone on my heart. But I do not have to live in fear when I go to the house of God on Sunday mornings. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy upon us.
Jun
26

Saints be praised!

Saints be praised! God has chosen to speak in our church by way of Robert’s Rules of Order. I give you two snapshots today of how the apostle Robert has been speaking in the church.
Jun
25

Jesus for Presiding Bishop

Jesus for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s answers were always the most stirring, but Thomas Breidenthal’s were often the most substantive and clear on specific points of theological and church-political controversy. That is perhaps not surprising. They are men of different gifts. Which gifts does the church need more now?
Jun
24

The divided Church in Joseph Smith’s city

The divided Church in Joseph Smith’s city Salt Lake City in a real sense stands as a judgment upon the divided Church of which our synod claims to be a part.
Jun
8

A response to Haller on marriage

A response to Haller on marriage Tobias Haller misunderstands the philosophical and theological concepts that are being used in the discussion of marriage.
May
22

Returning the ticket

Returning the ticket Because of the suffering of children, Dostoyevsky's Ivan was willing to "return his ticket" to God. "Pregnant at Harvard?" reminded me of his rebellion.
Mar
31

Grace, growth, and God’s dream: three types of sermons

Grace, growth, and God’s dream: three types of sermons There are only three types of sermons.
Jan
16

Christ in the Old Testament: the story of a seminar

Christ in the Old Testament: the story of a seminar What ties the project of theological exegesis together? Can we read the Old Testament allegorically and christologically? If so, what are the controls?

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