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Jul
1

Why the RCL is killing churches, and what you can do about it 

Why the RCL is killing churches, and what you can do about it  The RCL has not succeeded in developing biblical piety in our congregations. Here are six ways to fix its errors.
Jun
30

Why the RCL is killing churches

Why the RCL is killing churches Pastors and priests are weakening people’s faith every Sunday, and they don’t even realize it. Their secret weapon? The Revised Common Lectionary.
May
12

A thought experiment: where to place baptisms at the Easter Vigil

A thought experiment: where to place baptisms at the Easter Vigil I realized one day how many things I did as a priest because I liked them without having thought them through and without trying to understand the "why" behind my actions.
May
11

Liturgy doesn’t “mean” anything: It is something.

Liturgy doesn’t “mean” anything: It is something. A very common question is some variation of "What does this or that ceremony or action mean?" It expresses a false assumption.
Jan
22

Can anyone speak (it) theologically?

Can anyone speak (it) theologically? Where are the theologians, in the wake of the Primates' meeting? Where is the theological speech about the schisms that continue to rend us asunder?
Dec
29

The terror of the Nativity

The terror of the Nativity Here is Isaac’s Fear revealed; here is Jacob’s ladder stretched out; here the prince of this world looks on, agape.
Nov
11

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology (3)

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology (3) I do not wish to imply in any way that the SCLM is trying to introduce a new Trinitarian theology. Rather, I want to suggest that the Trinitarian implications of their revisions take a back seat to the stated goal of removing gendered language for God.
Nov
10

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology (2)

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology (2) The way I am providing a picture of the revised eucharistic rite as a whole in Enriching Our Worship is to outline a summary of the ways in which it changes and edits the Rite II communion service in the current 1979 BCP.
Nov
9

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology A conversation about Prayer Book revision is now on the table in the Episcopal Church. Enriching Our Worship shows the likely trajectory of such revision and must be examined.
Oct
13

To speak as a Christian

To speak as a Christian I am one of those weird people who care about things like relative pronouns. I assume that this might give me assurance of a lifetime membership in the Professional Organization of English Majors, which supports the arts in our country with its sponsorship of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. And I’m going to make myself even more of a oddball by suggesting that relative pronouns might have...
Aug
25

Three streams (but not the ones you’re thinking of)

Three streams (but not the ones you’re thinking of) Matthew Olver writes on the "Three Streams," the use of Praise and Worship in Anglican settings, and Hillsong.
Aug
7

A Friendly Amendment to Derek Olsen’s “Rite III EP for the Young: A Modest Proposal”

A Friendly Amendment to Derek Olsen’s “Rite III EP for the Young: A Modest Proposal” Derek Olsen, a member of the Episcopal Church’s Standing Committee on Music and Liturgy, has given us another fantastic, strategic, and theologically rich piece on the so-called Rite III in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.
Aug
3

Top 10: Seven theses on the episcopacy

Top 10: Seven theses on the episcopacy What I want to suggest are a few aspects of episcopal ministry that I believe all of us might do well to consider. These are the kinds of priorities that we should hope for and expect in our bishops, which means that we need to provide them the means to undertake them. I present them in the form of seven theses.
Jul
28

The orientation of preparation

The orientation of preparation Fr. Matthew Olver argues that the proper position for the priest at prayer is facing the altar, facing the East.

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