Bivocational ministry is widely touted as our future model in the Episcopal Church. The TREC report encouraged exploration of “diverse ways for ordained clergy to make a living inside and outside the Church.” My hope for the conversation was that Fr. Holder could tell me a little more about how this actually works, for the bivocational leader and for the congregation that ministers with him or her.
In 2013, no baseball players were considered clean enough to be honored with Hall of Fame induction. Sometimes justice demands that when sin has worked its way so deeply into a group of people, the whole thing must go before there can be a new beginning.
“Seven times a day do I praise thee; because of thy righteous judgments”, sang the Psalmist. In an age when the motion of the clock seems increasingly without form and void, ordering time according to the rhythms of grace is a subversive act.
We never read apart from our experience of the rest of life. My own reading of A Brutal Unity was overshadowed by an exciting but overwhelming task whose discharging lay just on the other side of the Covenant retreat in La Porte.
Marriage is a very good thing, perhaps the best of the things that belong to this world alone, but it not the best of all things. And I think that for the sake of Christian marriages everywhere, facing this truth is actually a tremendous blessing.