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Dec
28

Abortion is not a blessing

Abortion is not a blessing Abortion is not a blessing. Let us in all humility never be afraid to say so. And may the prayers of the Holy Innocents ascend to the throne of grace to strengthen us in God’s saving work
Dec
27

John and Peter, patterns of holy life

John and Peter, patterns of holy life Jesus’ words in the Gospel today reveal how Peter and John would die, but also how the disciples provided patterns for two different states of life: the active and contemplative.
Dec
26

Stephen, full of power and grace

Stephen, full of power and grace Could I ask, with the martyr St. Stephen, "O Lord, give me every disadvantage, every difficulty, every hardness. Send me out with no tools, no friends, no worldly hopes of vengeance or reward. Put me among the hateful, the violent, the diseased, the unstable"?
Dec
24

Emmanuel, the LORD

Emmanuel, the LORD At Christmas, we sing hymns and carols that call the child born to Mary and Joseph “Lord.” But we are told that more and more, the use of that title is outdated, sexist, and perhaps even a sort of theological “microagression” against some of the folks in the pews.
Dec
23

holy hands

holy hands I'm currently in a phase of "secular" work (employed at a church, but not empowered to use my "magic hands" — that is, to function as a priest), and have had the opportunity to reflect quite a bit on the boundaries of Christian ministry.
Dec
22

A church that loves the prophets

A church that loves the prophets Are the prophets merely the forerunners of the non-profits, God’s agents of social improvement in the lives of those who need it most?
Dec
21

New child, new dissertation, new holiness?

New child, new dissertation, new holiness? I began working on my dissertation proposal about two weeks before my daughter’s birth. My dissertation is now one chapter old and my daughter is seven months.
Dec
18

A noble desire?

A noble desire? There is a verse in the Bible that long vexed me. 1 Timothy 3:1 says, “Whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task.”
Dec
17

Suffer the little children

Suffer the little children Maybe having children is a goad to holiness because it shows us just how little progress we actually make in holiness.
Dec
17

Why “Joy to the World” isn’t a Christmas Carol

Why “Joy to the World” isn’t a Christmas Carol When Isaac Watts wrote “Joy to the World,” he was reflecting on Psalm 98 as part of his hymn series entitled The Psalms of David Imitated: "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth."
Dec
16

Advent gumbo

Advent gumbo The work of preparation involves paring or trimming things out of our lives, like using a paring knife to trim the vegetables and cut away the fat from the chicken in a gumbo.
Dec
15

Stop being jerks about Christmas

Stop being jerks about Christmas In seminary, I learned that "we must reclaim Advent." The only way to do that is through a vicious mocking of the foolish plebeians around us who sing Christmas carols any time before 11:00 pm on Christmas Eve.
Dec
14

Good news! Repent!

Good news! Repent! The Gospel reading for this week, in which John called all of us to repent is indeed good news. It is good news precisely because it demands that we face God’s grace and allow ourselves to be changed by it.
Dec
11

Justice, the sorrowful mysteries, and a future unity

Justice, the sorrowful mysteries, and a future unity I’ve been tracking the reaction to Bishop Daniel Martins’s post “Jesus, Mel Gibson, and the alpha issue,” posted on Monday. It has provoked a number of people to articulate some kind of alternative theological space.

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