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Apr
6

Tightly woven: Anglican parishes and religious orders

Tightly woven: Anglican parishes and religious orders When I look at my cross from Ascot Priory, I thank God for those nuns whose prayers sustain the work I do.
Feb
25

St. Luke’s, bivocational priests, and Fr. Holder

St. Luke’s, bivocational priests, and Fr. Holder 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.
Jan
6

Costly devotion

Costly devotion Those wise men brought such manifestly impractical gifts to the infant Christ: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Nov
27

Are we done with the ’79 prayer book?

Are we done with the ’79 prayer book? In 1997, Neil Alexander said that "it is not a perfect book and could stand some general improvement in some fairly critical places. But I believe ..."
Sep
16

Mrs. Truax and the importance of Sunday School

Mrs. Truax and the importance of Sunday School Every Sunday, throughout most of my elementary school years, Mrs. Truax taught a class of one: me.
Jun
1

Giving is a holy madness

Giving is a holy madness In terms of stimulating pleasure, charitable giving is neurologically on par with eating fudge or getting laid.
Mar
20

Rachel Held Evans, adult conversion, and the necessity of confirmation

Rachel Held Evans, adult conversion, and the necessity of confirmation Let's not be quick to discard the best things we have to offer.
Jan
21

Mercy and judgment: on baseball and steroids

Mercy and judgment: on baseball and steroids 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.
Nov
17

Graveyard homes

Graveyard homes My wife and I are raising our two sons in a graveyard. For the churchyard is clearly a place for the living, as well as the dead.
Sep
17

Reclaiming time

Reclaiming time “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.
Jul
18

Apostolic sacrifice

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.
Nov
22

Perfect happiness

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.
Sep
10

Mark Michael

Mark Michael is the interim rector of Saint Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Herndon, Virginia.

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