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May
23

The Nicene Creed: symbol or scandal?

The Nicene Creed: symbol or scandal? Why has the Creed of Nicaea-Constantinople fallen on hard times now? The United Methodist Church's General Conference turned down a resolution that would have placed it as a doctrinal standard in the Book of Discipline.
Mar
25

“My soul eats twice”: the strange alignment of Annunciation and Passion in 2016

“My soul eats twice”: the strange alignment of Annunciation and Passion in 2016 The Holy Spirit "speaks" through the calendar, and this becomes a proclamation of the purest sort: the kind that the "heavens" rather than the Reformed pastors "declare."
Jan
14

The pop art of Sr. Mary Corita Kent

"Mary Mother is the juiciest tomato of them all." Sr. Mary Corita moved in some of the same circles as Andy Warhol, but subverted pop images to make provocative Catholic statements.
Jan
11

Against blogging

Against blogging That we should all have a public diary, readily accessible to the entire world is a thought which should give us pause.
Sep
10

Songs, sacred and secular

Whether one exults in the tender humanity of these poems, or finds in them a fitting lamentation in a season of loss, Spencer Reece’s voice is unique and worth hearing.
Jun
2

The unresurrected Dick Whitman: the City of God and the Mad Men finale

The unresurrected Dick Whitman: the City of God and the Mad Men finale Contrary to many assessments, the final montage suggests that no one has changed.
Mar
16

Who needs an Anglican Father Brown?

Who needs an Anglican Father Brown? “Finally, an Anglican Father Brown.” Reading this endorsement, I confess that my first response was: “Really? Who needs one?” But I found myself gradually drawn in.
Nov
11

Changes at the helm

Changes at the helm He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens.”  (Luke 13:54 Looking simply at the sheer number of turnovers in leadership at Episcopal seminaries in the last three years suggests that change is in the wind. The recent debacles surfacing at General Theological Seminary and before that, at Episcopal Divinity...
Sep
15

Lamentabili voce

Lamentabili voce Many, including myself, looked on with profound respect earlier this year when several Russian Orthodox monks from a monastery of the Kiev caves placed themselves between disgruntled Ukrainians and the government police in what appeared to be a peace protest. The politics of these gestures, however, were inevitably more complicated than met the eye.
Jun
29

Spiritual geographic

We need to ask smaller dioceses present us with a problem to be solved or a parabolic challenge to be answered.
Apr
29

‘Bringing pain to voice’

‘Bringing pain to voice’ What was especially fascinating was that while the books Professors Brueggemann and Sharp pinpointed were the same, they had different rationales for choosing Jeremiah. For Professor Brueggemann, Jeremiah “reads him” because the centrality of anguish speaks to him. “Anyone who is not in anguish about what’s happening to us [in America] should read the book of Jeremiah.” For Professor Sharp, by contrast, Jeremiah’s appeal is not in its anguish or its vitriol, but in the multiple strata of the text, a witness to the “struggle to claim the prophetic voice” by those who followed Jeremiah.
Apr
28

God in the Old Testament

God in the Old Testament It’s a clear and crisp morning here in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. I’m on site at St. Thomas’ Church for an exciting Biblical Studies conference entitled “Making Sense of the God of the Old Testament.” For the next two days, I’ll be checking in on Covenant with some “Conference Notes,” including excerpts from interviews with Old Testament Professors Walter Brueggemann, Pete Enns, and Carolyn Sharp, as well as my host, Fr. Marek Zabriskie, rector of St. Thomas’ and founder of the Center Biblical Studies (CBS).
Sep
10

Michael Cover

Michael Cover is Assistant Professor of Theology at Marquette University and a priest of the Diocese of Dallas.
Jul
22

Make peace, not schism

By Michael Cover. "You shall not make schism, but make peace among those who are fighting" (Didache 4.3).

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