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May
3

The way of the pilgrim: further reflections on Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups

The way of the pilgrim: further reflections on Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups The fragmented nature of Knight of Cups is itself a reflection of the protagonist’s fragmented life.
May
2

Bishop McIlvaine and the evangelical heritage of the Episcopal Church

Bishop McIlvaine and the evangelical heritage of the Episcopal Church The fabric of McIlvaine’s life was richly textured, a compelling and encouraging reminder of the continuing story of evangelicalism in the Episcopal Church.
Apr
29

African joy in the gospel: the Anglican Consultative Council in Zambia

African joy in the gospel: the Anglican Consultative Council in Zambia I left Lusaka with fond memories of family celebrations, hospitality, delight in God, and in the African joy of the gospel.
Apr
27

Ladies and Gentlemen, my tribute to Merle Haggard

Ladies and Gentlemen, my tribute to Merle Haggard Exiled Adam needs a music that, while it doesn't relish or glorify life east of Eden, at least acknowledges its complexities, a music that owns his complicity for his miserable state.
Apr
26

What happens when eros meets agape?

What happens when eros meets agape? Why shouldn't Mary Magdalene touch the Risen Lord?
Apr
25

An evangelical in a strange country: the Episcopal Church

An evangelical in a strange country: the Episcopal Church Mine would have been a thoroughly secular life, if it had been left to the anemic liberal Anglicanism of the parish church in my hometown, or the chapel of my English boarding school.
Apr
19

Narratives and counter-narratives: the case of ACC-16

Narratives and counter-narratives: the case of ACC-16 Shall we believe the Archbishop of Canterbury? Or shall we believe the narrative associated with ENS, Deputy News, and the Episcopal delegates’ “Letter from Lusaka”?
Apr
18

What has happened in Lusaka? Primates 2016 and ACC-16

What has happened in Lusaka? Primates 2016 and ACC-16 Strangely enough, even though my province has been sanctioned ever so lightly, I feel more a part of a communion than I have in quite some time.
Apr
15

I want a religion

I want a religion Some say, "I want a relationship, not a religion." But I say "I rather like my religion, and I'm pretty sure it's good for me."
Apr
14

Two loves in Jesus Christ Superstar

Two loves in Jesus Christ Superstar I can’t help it. In Lent I usually feel nostalgic for the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. One of my older siblings got it right after it came out in the early ’70s. I liked it. No, I loved it. Forgive me if I keep the nostalgia rolling through Easter. I’m sure I went through a period where I was critical of such things, railing at Superstar’s Jesus, who wasn’t orthodox enough, and probably...
Apr
13

Notes from a middle-aged episcopate

Notes from a middle-aged episcopate At this year's Chrism Mass of the Diocese of Springfield, I remarked to the assembled clergy and laity that my episcopate can now be considered "middle-aged."
Apr
12

Maclean’s, apathy, and (the agony of) Canada’s unbelief

Maclean’s, apathy, and (the agony of) Canada’s unbelief I have sometimes complained that it is very difficult to stir up a proper theological controversy in Canada. Maclean's magazine did its best by publishing a skeptical article during Holy Week.
Apr
11

Beauty in continuity

Beauty in continuity The paintings in the Chauvet Cave scream out a message of beauty in continuity. They reflect a sacrosanct cultural order that was highly successful for hundreds of generations in instilling its values via the representation of the world outside the walls of the cave.
Apr
8

The liturgy, the crucible of love

The liturgy, the crucible of love What is at stake in worship is not perfect performance but, by the power of the Holy Spirit, union with Christ in his sacrifice, offering every part of ourselves and our lives to God.

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