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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.
Mar
7

The Michael Ramsey Book Prize 2016

The Michael Ramsey Book Prize 2016 At the Bloxham Festival for Faith and Literature for Faith and Literature, I was asked to comment on "Unapologetic" by Francis Spufford and "God's Presence" by Frances Young.
Mar
7

The beautiful architecture of faith: life-giving structures, power, hierarchy

The beautiful architecture of faith: life-giving structures, power, hierarchy Do we have any sense of a beautiful harmony between church structures, the ordained ministry, and the ethical lives of Christian individuals?
Mar
4

Liberal order and communion: A response to Timothy Sedgwick

Liberal order and communion: A response to Timothy Sedgwick Timothy Sedgwick has opened a window and let a breath of fresh air into the current Communion debates. Rather than dismissing the issues at hand, he insists we take advantage of this moment.
Mar
4

The morphology of Lent

The morphology of Lent Within the context of the Paschal Mystery, we understand our journey through Lent to be a movement from glory to glory.
Mar
3

Governing grace and communion

Governing grace and communion By Timothy Sedgwick The crisis confronting the the Anglican Communion is not necessarily a tragic moment of division. It is first of all an opportunity to discern what are the ways to respond to Christ's prayer to follow him faithfully that Christians may be one as he and the Father are one, that the world may believe (John 17:21).
Mar
3

A catechism of Nature (1): reason and the destiny of animal life

A catechism of Nature (1): reason and the destiny of animal life Reason, the thing that separates us from brute beasts, does not liberate us from animality, but it liberates animality itself, for the actualization of a potential that cannot be actualized without reason.
Mar
2

Justin Welby, liturgy, and orthodoxy in the Anglican future

Justin Welby, liturgy, and orthodoxy in the Anglican future For Justin Welby, if there is a way forward for the Communion, it will be liturgical. The liturgy shows us what togetherness really looks like, how structure may prove fruitful, and why we must be patient.
Mar
1

A Lenten feast: Rowan’s Hulsean Lectures

A Lenten feast: Rowan’s Hulsean Lectures One of the significant goods of grappling with “difficult” works of art (or theological lectures) is the way doing so can provide training for enduring the ordinary difficulties of life.
Feb
29

The anxiety of possibility

The anxiety of possibility On Friday, I walked to work. It doesn't seem like news worth noting, but what was significant for me was the almost euphoric freedom I felt in the exercise.
Feb
26

Limiting free speech? The Church’s response to pornography

Limiting free speech? The Church’s response to pornography "While the production and use of pornography has always been a problem, in recent years its impact has grown exponentially, in large part due to the Internet and mobile technology. Some have even described it as a public health crisis."
Feb
25

St. Luke’s, bivocational priests, and Fr. Holder

St. Luke’s, bivocational priests, and Fr. Holder Bivocational ministry is widely touted as our future model in the Episcopal Church. The TREC report encouraged exploration of “diverse ways for ordained clergy to make a living inside and outside the Church.” My hope for the conversation was that Fr. Holder could tell me a little more about how this actually works, for the bivocational leader and for the congregation that ministers with him or her.
Feb
24

Confession, repentance, and reception: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, I will come to you

Confession, repentance, and reception: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, I will come to you One of the things I have been astonished by in my six years of parish ministry are the varied ways that self-hatred imprisons us and perpetuates our propensity to sin. The work of “self-examination” called for in Lent becomes a sort of obsessive rumination about one’s very own being, rather than about the work of seeking God. Herein, I think, lies the real problem when we’re seeking to follow God...
Feb
23

Infinite Beauty

Infinite Beauty Beauty cannot be suppressed, even by the Church, and Infinite Beauty, who is our living God, really will save the world.

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