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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.
Apr
7

Memory inscribed in stone

Memory inscribed in stone On a cold Saturday morning in early March, I picked up the "Clerk of Oxford," and we drove out to South Leigh.
Apr
6

Tightly woven: Anglican parishes and religious orders

Tightly woven: Anglican parishes and religious orders When I look at my cross from Ascot Priory, I thank God for those nuns whose prayers sustain the work I do.
Apr
5

Apostolicity at stake 

Apostolicity at stake  This issue is not about who may tell TEC what to do, but whether apostolicity is to remain a feature of Anglicanism.
Apr
5

From chapel to classroom — and back again

From chapel to classroom — and back again One of the things I love about teaching in a seminary is how easily I can make connections between various subjects of study. One can see why our forebears bequeathed this institutional model to us.
Apr
4

Anglicans on primacy: a selective amnesia

Anglicans on primacy: a selective amnesia From the way some Anglicans talk, few would gather that we have spent nearly 50 years as great enthusiasts for primacy.
Apr
1

Continuing the discussion on marriage: the TFSM, Augustine, and a new essay

Continuing the discussion on marriage: the TFSM, Augustine, and a new essay The Episcopal Church's consideration of marriage continues on, and Fr. Jeremy Bergstrom has offered an essay in response to Fully Alive, discussing Augustine's view of marriage.
Apr
1

Dear Donald

Dear Donald You have really come along at the worst possible time. I had planned a return to the Republican Party, and you are standing in my way.
Mar
31

Zombies, pop culture, and the wage slave

Zombies, pop culture, and the wage slave Perhaps the zombie may be a myth at home in the post-Christendom of late modern society.

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