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Jul
9

Sarah Smith of Golders Green

Sarah Smith of Golders Green In the abstract, “sanctity” is boring.
Jul
8

Being an ecumenical Christian

Being an ecumenical Christian I am in an outpost of a broken church.
Jul
7

How hip hop saved my life

How hip hop saved my life Hip hop saved me because it spoke in a way that other things did not. There are some truths I can hear more clearly when rhymed over a beat than I ever would in a book, a speech, or even another form of music.
Jul
3

Against the world for the world

Against the world for the world Grass and sky are but a distant memory, as unto the land of Zion for the exiles in Babylon of old. I sit myself down by the rivers of Clear Creek Mall, and sing songs of Zion. It is time to go home.
Jul
2

An indissoluble bond: the Communion Partners and the House of Bishops

An indissoluble bond: the Communion Partners and the House of Bishops House of Bishops: "The Communion Partners are an indispensable part of who we are. We need their witness."
Jul
2

Say something theological!

Say something theological! Kneeling in the pews, he looked up at the pulpit from which he had just preached, and noticed that it bore a large banner in front reading, "God is Other People." It was, as he tells it, all he could do to resist the temptation to find a magic marker and place a big black comma after the word "other."
Jul
1

A church reimagined?

A church reimagined? Most of the talk going into General Convention was about three things: a new presiding bishop, marriage, and restructuring the church. We already know most (though not all) of what will happen with respect to the first two. What about 2012's goal of "reimagining the church"? In the battle between structural reform and institutional inertia, is inertia winning?
Jun
30

The substance of the argument

The substance of the argument Bishops from across the theological spectrum engaged in substantive debate: they cited Scripture, the rubrics of the prayer book, their own ordination vows, and the Constitution and Canons, all of which were deemed relevant to the issue.
Jun
30

Marriage redefined?

Marriage redefined? Yesterday, the bishops voted to implement in church canon law and in trial-run liturgies the situation that obtained in this country before last Friday. That is, there will be a majority of dioceses that perform same-sex marriages, and a minority that will not.
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.

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