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Feb
8

Tolkien study

Tolkien study I know a lot of Christians really prioritize Bible study. I love reading the Bible, too. But every January I do Tolkien study. Or, to be more exact, Silmarillion study. It wasn’t until I was a graduate student that I finally started reading Tolkien. His work seemed too giant, monolithic, and cumbersome. But it was 2001, and the movies were about to come out, so I figured I should read the books first....
Feb
5

Curing American myopia

Curing American myopia Many have bridled at the primates’ challenge to the maverick Episcopal Church to be a team player. The primates’ attempt at discipline, it is objected, was both clumsy and authoritarian, pushing in the opposite direction of possibly prophetic witness.
Feb
5

Wrought in flesh, redeemed by flesh

Wrought in flesh, redeemed by flesh The mystery and indeed the scandal of the Incarnation, the subject of Christmas and also Easter and Ascension Day, is that God took on flesh in space and time: middle-eastern, Jewish, male.
Feb
5

Dante in love

Dante in love By Kevin Dodge Helping those we teach to read the signs of transcendence all around them is, to me, one of the central tasks of Christian education. When we start to see our world differently — as a world of signs “declaring the glory of God” (Ps. 19:1) — this is when distinctly Christian formation begins to take hold.
Feb
5

What do you seek?

What do you seek? Most of the time, I don’t know what it is that I really want. I hope that I am seeking Jesus of Nazareth, but it may well be that I’m seeking him more for my own complacent self-congratulation than because I actually want him, as he is, in all his terrifying radiance.
Feb
4

The seventeen days

The seventeen days Pre-Lent rolled in early this year. Septuagesima already past, at the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Sexagesima as well, with Quinquagesima looming
Feb
4

Two boats, one gospel: Black History Month and the Church’s witness

Two boats, one gospel: Black History Month and the Church’s witness To speak plainly, no history will make me hate my brother because God nailed his sins next to mine on the Cross. This is not to say that the sins of the slave master and the slave are equal.
Feb
3

Churches about nothing

Churches about nothing Our Anglican Communion recently decided at its Primates’ Meeting to “walk together." This will be a difficult path: if we are to have any kind of common life worthy of the name, we have to have the “serious conversations.”
Feb
3

Bowie, Rickman, and the end of virtue

Bowie, Rickman, and the end of virtue Celebrities are our secular saints. So when a celebrity dies, especially unexpectedly, there is a strange murmur that runs through our culture.
Feb
2

Walking and talking: roundup of 25 “Primates” responses

Walking and talking: roundup of 25 “Primates” responses By Matt Townsend Official and unofficial responses to the meeting have poured out, making clear that many within the Anglican Communion are walking and talking.
Feb
2

The Episcopal Church’s “e-word”: what is evangelism?

The Episcopal Church’s “e-word”: what is evangelism? The Episcopal Church’s new focus on evangelism comes as welcome news. But what is meant by the "e-word?"
Feb
2

Whom do you see, O Simeon?

Whom do you see, O Simeon? After the Primates’ Meeting, while we’ve agonized over our church’s and culture’s priorities in faithfulness to God, I have found my own balance in pondering the eternal mystery of the God who loves us despite it all. My only response to the meeting can be a combination of awe, humility, and sadness without despair. But I love C.S. Lewis’s favorite line given by the unicorns in The...
Feb
1

Homeward bound

Homeward bound Since my visit to Baton Rouge, I’ve often wondered why Mom could not have seen the transformation of her childhood home before her death.
Feb
1

Beauty will save the world

Beauty will save the world We’ve forgotten what art is for. We need places to live, work, and worship: They are useful for us when they reflect our value as creatures of Beauty itself.

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