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Jun
16

Trinitarian cuisine

Trinitarian cuisine My wife, Monica, fires up the holy trinity of Cajun cooking (bell pepper, celery, and onions) in a skillet and I know that bliss is only a few hours away.
Jun
15

Consume or be consumed

Consume or be consumed Either we consume him, recognizing him in the bread and in the gathered community, or he consumes us.
Jun
14

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Disrupting ecumenical and Anglican harmony

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Disrupting ecumenical and Anglican harmony The report suggests a desire to explore the possibilities of a parochial “dissonance,” rather than a Catholic harmony.
Jun
13

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Sidelining Indigenous voices

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Sidelining Indigenous voices What a gift it would have been if First Nations and Inuit elders were directly consulted and their words transcribed (and translated, if need be) for all to read.
Jun
12

Prayers for Orlando

Prayers for Orlando God's love for every human being is the same, regardless of their sexuality, and the church should never by its actions give any other impression.
Jun
12

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Misunderstanding Acts 15

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Misunderstanding Acts 15 In discussions of same-sex marriage, we end up with a strange (and strangely popular) historicist interpretation of the “Council of Jerusalem” in Acts 15.
Jun
11

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Same-sex marriage, and a failed argument from analogy

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Same-sex marriage, and a failed argument from analogy The report seeks a unique definition of marriage for same-sex partners, but never provides it. Instead, it resorts to an unrelated analogy.
Jun
10

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Misreading Romans 1 and Richard Hays

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Misreading Romans 1 and Richard Hays Paul refers to a fallen humanity tragically caught up in rebellion against God and his created order, whether a person is beset by covetousness, gossip, or sexual sins.
Jun
9

Reconsidering the Benedict Option and Yale

Reconsidering the Benedict Option and Yale Last year I was very concerned about higher education. In fact, it seemed to me that our elite institutions were going to become no-go zones for anyone who did not toe the progressive line that moves further out by the minute. Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option presented an easy explanation and solution: See, everything is going to hell. Let’s abandon mainstream life and hunker down. In recent months I have...
Jun
9

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Dismissing our Lord and his Gospels

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Dismissing our Lord and his Gospels The most disheartening section of This Holy Estate comes in its treatment of the words of Jesus in Mark 10:1-10 and Matthew 19:1-9.
Jun
8

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Ignoring the Old Testament

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Ignoring the Old Testament This Holy Estate engages only two Old Testament texts, Genesis 1 and Genesis 2, deeming them largely irrelevant. But we must attend to the whole of the Old Testament, not least for how the Word speaks in and through it.
Jun
7

A catechism of Nature (3): Edge effect

A catechism of Nature (3): Edge effect We were again on the edge of something exceeding our competence, a patchwork of boundaries.
Jun
7

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Locating ourselves in the biblical narrative

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Locating ourselves in the biblical narrative To walk through the biblical narrative is to discover that marriage in God’s purpose has a particular shape.
Jun
6

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Its invitation to read Scripture

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: Its invitation to read Scripture 'This Holy Estate' represents an exercise in removing scriptural barriers, rather than allowing Scripture to lead. This is no via media.
Jun
5

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: An introduction

Evaluating ‘This Holy Estate’: An introduction This week our Canadian scholars will be evaluating 'This Holy Estate', which was drafted to provide a "rationale" for same-sex marriage in the Anglican Church of Canada.
Jun
4

Gathering the fruit, June 4: Public piety, Christian unity, fantasy

Gathering the fruit, June 4: Public piety, Christian unity, fantasy This week: the beauty of public liturgy, the "personal shape" of ecumenism, and the world as narrative and symphony.
Jun
3

Bringing out our Sunday best

Bringing out our Sunday best When Sunday preaching proclaims the Sunday message, it is the final piece of a grand puzzle finally clicking into place.
Jun
2

Ministry in enemy-occupied territory

Ministry in enemy-occupied territory We are engaged in a ministry under occupation. America is occupied; Africa is occupied; the world is occupied.
Jun
1

The early ‘Anglican’ reading of Scripture (2): Cranmer and the prayer book

The early ‘Anglican’ reading of Scripture (2): Cranmer and the prayer book For early Anglicans, the right handling of the Word of Truth (2 Tim. 2:15) was a matter of life and death. It requires a heart that acknowledged the authority of the Divine Author, and gladly assented to Scripture's plain meaning.
May
31

For the Visitation: E.L. Mascall on the Incarnation and the Virgin

For the Visitation: E.L. Mascall on the Incarnation and the Virgin Mascall provides a profound reflection on the theology of the Incarnation, bursting with insights from St. Leo and St. Augustine.

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