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Jun
29

Defining marriage: thoughts from a panel

Defining marriage: thoughts from a panel Perhaps the best thing someone said to me afterwards was, "I wish we had been doing this kind of thing for the past 30 years. I think it would have really been good for the church."
Jun
28

Habemus papam!

Habemus papam! Yesterday morning, the bishops sitting in secret conclave in St. Mark's Cathedral elected one of their brothers as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, the soon-to-be Most Reverend Michael J. Curry. There was, alas, no white smoke from the cathedral chimney.
Jun
27

Rekindling evangelism’s flame

Rekindling evangelism’s flame Michael Harper: "When a local church even puts its baby toe in the waters of evangelism, the Holy Spirit works wonders."
Jun
27

We are marching in the light of God

We are marching in the light of God All of this has lain heavy like a stone on my heart. But I do not have to live in fear when I go to the house of God on Sunday mornings. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy upon us.
Jun
26

Saints be praised!

Saints be praised! God has chosen to speak in our church by way of Robert’s Rules of Order. I give you two snapshots today of how the apostle Robert has been speaking in the church.
Jun
25

Jesus for Presiding Bishop

Jesus for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s answers were always the most stirring, but Thomas Breidenthal’s were often the most substantive and clear on specific points of theological and church-political controversy. That is perhaps not surprising. They are men of different gifts. Which gifts does the church need more now?
Jun
24

The divided Church in Joseph Smith’s city

The divided Church in Joseph Smith’s city Salt Lake City in a real sense stands as a judgment upon the divided Church of which our synod claims to be a part.
Jun
23

Three essays on marriage: Olsen, McCall, Radner

Three essays on marriage: Olsen, McCall, Radner Derek Olsen responds to Fully Alive, Mark McCall writes on "good order," and Ephraim Radner presents questions facing the Episcopal Church.
Jun
22

Unsolicited ruminations on church leadership from a backseat driver

Unsolicited ruminations on church leadership from a backseat driver The Episcopal Church has more leaders than it has leadership, that is, more persons in positions of responsibility than the capacity to exercise that responsibility well.
Jun
22

General Convention coverage

General Convention coverage Unless you've been living in a cave somewhere, you probably realize that the Episcopal Church's General Convention is looming. We're aware of that here at Covenant as well, and our own Jordan Hylden will be providing commentary on developments at General Convention over the two weeks.
Jun
19

The case of the missing questions

I am convinced from the ordinal that being a faithful pastor is, quite simply, instructing the people committed to your charge with teaching rooted and grounded in Holy Scripture.
Jun
18

Decision 2015 and the work of the Church

Decision 2015 and the work of the Church I just can't buy an ecclesiology that says the Presiding Bishop doesn't matter.
Jun
17

Cardinal Walter Kasper and Vatican II

Cardinal Walter Kasper and Vatican II "The Catholic Church of the 21st century will have a charismatic face," declared Cardinal Walter Kasper in the National Cathedral. His keynote address was the highlight for me of the conference held at Georgetown University "Vatican II: Remembering the Future" (May 21-24).
Jun
16

The Anglican Covenant in 2015

The Anglican Covenant in 2015 I fear that one of the proposed resolutions on the Anglican Covenant (D022), with its uncompromising language of rejection, risks driving a wedge between us and other Anglican provinces.

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