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Mar
23

Prayer during a long, hot campaign

Prayer during a long, hot campaign Episcopalians have expressed their concern about the tenor of Trump and his massive political rallies. Statements have ranged from scolding to more subtly critical.
Mar
23

The paradox of this week

The paradox of this week Our highly choreographed liturgies, our rituals of human achievement, may be tinged with failure.
Mar
22

John Kasich, Anglican

John Kasich, Anglican Here's the kind of fellow that we’ve lost in the Episcopal Church: a politically moderate swing-state governor who reads his Bible cover to cover, thinks deeply about it, and tries to put it into practice.
Mar
21

The hostage deal

The hostage deal Gregory compared the Devil to a hungry fish, caught on the hook of Christ’s deity when he was enticed to swallow it by the bait of Christ’s flesh.
Mar
21

Paschal mystery

Paschal mystery Liturgy closes the distance between our own time and the events of salvation history, and our identification with those events is an essential part of how this takes place.
Mar
17

Consider your children, how they grow

Consider your children, how they grow What price do we really pay for our omni-technologized lives, and will our kids foot the bill?
Mar
16

Everyone’s a Critic: A.O. Scott’s Better Living Through Criticism

Everyone’s a Critic: A.O. Scott’s Better Living Through Criticism Man does not live on Dostoevsky, or even the Criterion Collection, alone.
Mar
15

Preaching and imagination

Preaching and imagination Few preachers manage a zinger every week, but too many seem content with mediocrity.
Mar
14

Lent, Kiva, Chrysostom, and me: microcredit and the Great Fast

Lent, Kiva, Chrysostom, and me: microcredit and the Great Fast If you are not concretely doing things to help the poor, you are avoiding an unavoidable part of the Christian life.
Mar
11

5 holy habits of discipleship

5 holy habits of discipleship Opposition and hardship can bring out a person’s genuine character. That was certainly true in the case of Jesus. When Jesus decided to “set his face to go to Jerusalem,” the city that “kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it,” he knew that powerful people were angry with him (Luke 9:51 and 13:34). Many of them were actively opposing his mission and seeking to enlist others to work...
Mar
10

A forensic experience

A forensic experience During the week Lent began, I was summoned to the county courthouse as a candidate for a jury, but I wondered what it would be like to be in the defendant’s chair.
Mar
9

Testy texts: the GOEs and Scripture

Testy texts: the GOEs and Scripture The grammar of the GOE Holy Scripture question bears witness: Scripture is now viewed primarily as problem.
Mar
8

New possibility: Reflections on the statement of the Canadian House of Bishops

New possibility: Reflections on the statement of the Canadian House of Bishops The Anglican Church of Canada can powerfully affirm that in journeying together we might discover the Spirit’s leading and will for the Church.
Mar
8

New Zealand’s “way forward” on same-sex marriage: An evaluation

New Zealand’s “way forward” on same-sex marriage: An evaluation This report marks a significant departure from traditional Anglican and broader Christian teaching that marriage is a gift of God in creation.

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