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May
31

For the Visitation: E.L. Mascall on the Incarnation and the Virign

For the Visitation: E.L. Mascall on the Incarnation and the Virign Mascall provides a profound reflection on the theology of the Incarnation, bursting with insights from St. Leo and St. Augustine.
May
31

The early ‘Anglican’ reading of Scripture (1): William Laud

The early ‘Anglican’ reading of Scripture (1): William Laud The search for attaining a faithful understanding of Scripture begins by assenting to its authority.
May
30

Cairo conference: Contextual mission in Egypt

Cairo conference: Contextual mission in Egypt In April I flew to Cairo for the first international conference of the Mission Theology in the Anglican Communion project.
May
28

Gathering the fruit, May 28: young priests, New World polyphony, and ‘dissonant’ doctrine

Gathering the fruit, May 28: young priests, New World polyphony, and ‘dissonant’ doctrine If the development of doctrine were anything like musical performance, we could not imagine that "harmonic progression" would happen abruptly or lazily.
May
27

Karl Barth visits three prisons

Karl Barth visits three prisons Barth counsels solidarity with those in Bridewell, San Quentin, Rikers — or the Basel Prison.
May
26

2 pitfalls, 3 activities, 3 books: best practices for youth confirmation

2 pitfalls, 3 activities, 3 books: best practices for youth confirmation This past Sunday we welcomed our bishop for his annual visitation and for confirmations, which is always a joyous day for our youth confirmands, their families, and their sponsors. I’ve been teaching youth confirmation at St. George’s, Nashville, for six years, which has given me plenty of time to develop and experiment with our curriculum, and I helped with or led youth confirmation classes in other...
May
25

A wretch like me? Crossing to the demoniac

A wretch like me? Crossing to the demoniac Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. As he stepped out on land, there met him a man of the city who had demons. —Luke 8:26-27a This story, recounted in all the Synoptic Gospels, stands as a central text in my faith, that particular Gospel anthology or playlist that I cling to and am always turning over. It is about a man who was infested with demons, and about...
May
24

The invisible: African Americans in North American Anglicanism

The invisible: African Americans in North American Anglicanism If we remain a tradition that only speaks to certain subsections of American culture, then we have fallen short of our gospel mandate to reach all people.
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.
May
21

Gathering the fruit, May 21: Roman Catholics ‘recognizing’ the Anglican patrimony

Gathering the fruit, May 21: Roman Catholics ‘recognizing’ the Anglican patrimony What do Roman Catholics consider the "treasures" or "elements of sanctity" in the Anglican tradition?
May
20

‘That they may be one’: Longing for Christian unity

‘That they may be one’: Longing for Christian unity Our Lord’s prayer on the night before he died remains painfully unfulfilled.
May
19

Room

Room The questions C.S. Lewis asked in “Transposition” are built into the structure of the new film Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson.
May
18

The light of reason

The light of reason Richard Hooker’s commitment to reason placed him firmly athwart the development of more revolutionary theological agendas. But reason has changed in our day.
May
17

The good news of God’s wrath

The good news of God’s wrath The modern hymn “In Christ Alone” has provoked controversy with its phrase "the wrath of God was satisfied." But there is a better way to understand “the wrath of God,” a way that displays its truth, goodness, and even its beauty.

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