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Aug
17

The Bible in the Life of the Church: a response

The Bible in the Life of the Church: a response Robert MacSwain: I thought it would be a helpful contribution to the current conversation on Scripture to direct readers to the "Ten Themes" and "Seven Principles" of Anglican biblical interpretation that were identified by the Anglican Communion's "Bible in the Life of the Church" project.
Aug
17

A year in review, and some steps forward

A year in review, and some steps forward It’s hard to believe the Covenant relaunch happened a little over a year ago. But we’re here to stay, and we pray that God will use our humble efforts in the renewal of his Church and its common life.
Aug
15

Our bodies are magic

Our bodies are magic One of the great blessings of Catholic Christianity is that it affirms both the earthiness and the enchantment of the world we live in. There is no shying away from the stark realities of our physicality.
Aug
14

Top 10 rules for reading the Bible

Top 10 rules for reading the Bible Reading the Bible is often a challenge. It can be confusing and troubling, and it is easy to be deceived. These ten guidelines are not the Alpha and Omega of successful biblical interpretation. But perhaps they are useful touchstones.
Aug
13

Chasing chastity

Chasing chastity Jason Ingalls reviews Dawn Eden's newly revised "Catholic edition" of The Thrill of the Chaste.
Aug
12

Bishops writing up a storm

Bishops writing up a storm Bishops Matt Gunter of Fond du Lac and Jake Owensby of Western Louisiana have been churning out post after post recently. (Is this just post-vacation energy, or is God renewing the vocation of the writing bishop?)
Aug
12

You can run on for a long time…

You can run on for a long time… How do we approach this new world where private acts are no longer private? Where hidden sins are revealed to the whole world? And where thoughts that once would have disappeared into the ether are now captured for later publication and consumption?
Aug
11

Everyone’s an artist

It's hard to think of a job worse than that of performance artist — enacting with one's body and very life foundational truths of the universe. And yet...
Aug
10

The Narnia option

The Narnia option C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man, like Huxley’s Brave New World, sounds a thoroughly pessimistic note. But Christian hope for the renewal of creation permeates Lewis’s fiction.
Aug
7

A Friendly Amendment to Derek Olsen’s “Rite III EP for the Young: A Modest Proposal”

A Friendly Amendment to Derek Olsen’s “Rite III EP for the Young: A Modest Proposal” Derek Olsen, a member of the Episcopal Church’s Standing Committee on Music and Liturgy, has given us another fantastic, strategic, and theologically rich piece on the so-called Rite III in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.
Aug
3

Top 10: Seven theses on the episcopacy

Top 10: Seven theses on the episcopacy What I want to suggest are a few aspects of episcopal ministry that I believe all of us might do well to consider. These are the kinds of priorities that we should hope for and expect in our bishops, which means that we need to provide them the means to undertake them. I present them in the form of seven theses.
Jul
31

Can Michael Corleone be redeemed? Sin and the Godfather

Can Michael Corleone be redeemed? Sin and the Godfather Why, at the end of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy, does Michael Corleone die alone?
Jul
30

Life’s unexpected turning point

Life’s unexpected turning point Richard Kew: "Two weeks ago I did not know that I had heart disease."
Jul
29

Owing a debt to Owen Chadwick (1916-2015)

Owing a debt to Owen Chadwick (1916-2015) On learning of the death of Owen Chadwick, I was moved to tears. Immediately, I jotted down how much we were in his debt.
Jul
28

The orientation of preparation

The orientation of preparation Fr. Matthew Olver argues that the proper position for the priest at prayer is facing the altar, facing the East.
Jul
27

Rite I Prayers of the People

Rite I Prayers of the People John Mason Lock writes on the "journey through time and space" in Rite I's intercessions.
Jul
24

It isn’t fair, Manasseh

It isn’t fair, Manasseh Justice, it would seem, is deferred. Our fathers pass the buck to us, and we pass it to the next generation.
Jul
23

The sacraments and pastoral judgment

The sacraments and pastoral judgment In May 2015, a flurry of stories came out about Bishop Greg Brewer and the baptism of the adopted son of two men in a committed same-sex relationship in Orlando, Florida.
Jul
22

Why we do this

Why we do this Receiving the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist is treated like a weekly Pill by some of us.
Jul
21

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? "The Episcopal Church in" is becoming a replacement for "The Episcopal Diocese of." Thoughtful reflection on the nature of Christian community is in danger of being extinguished.

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