logo
Nov
24

The deterioration of nature: on the running out of time

The deterioration of nature: on the running out of time Oceans of ink have been spilled on the subject of time’s sanctification according to the Church’s calendar, and, certainly, conforming one’s life to the calendar, observing feasts and fasts and seasons, affords numerous opportunities to engage with and marinate in the central figures and mysteries of our faith. We are coming now to Advent, and vestments and hangings will transition, like sweetgum...
Nov
24

Between cats

Between cats For much of the past decade, when I looked at the color patterns in our cats’ fur I saw the flourish of an artist.
Nov
23

Can girls be heroes?

Can girls be heroes? The heroes that we are asked to emulate in popular fiction are almost always men. Supergirl is trying to change that.
Nov
20

Learning to tell time liturgically

Learning to tell time liturgically Porter Taylor: Liturgical time is thick. It is different. It is new. And it is utterly real. Our experience with and encounter of the living God through the sacrament of sacraments is the pinnacle of the Church’s worship.
Nov
20

A unity around beauty

A unity around beauty A common appreciation for the aesthetic of liturgy seems to be the one commonality that progressives and conservatives share in North American Anglicanism.
Nov
19

Forgetting our memory verses

Forgetting our memory verses Among the greatest gifts of my upbringing in a little prairie Lutheran church was all of the Bible memory verses. My wife had a similar upbringing, and my memory for verses is not what hers is, but nevertheless it does not take much for them to come to mind, especially when I need them most. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,” “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet,” “For I know the plans I have...
Nov
18

Boundaries, blessings, and hope for the future

Boundaries, blessings, and hope for the future In this post, I want to offer a few further observations that could prove helpful, if the biblical-historical situation of Gentile inclusion in Acts 15 and other places is to provide clues for a way forward in a mixed-economy Anglicanism.
Nov
17

The resurrection of the dead

The resurrection of the dead Sermon preached at the enthronement of Bishop Sumner at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Dallas, 15 November 2015.
Nov
16

The romance of the priesthood

The romance of the priesthood I will not say that Call the Midwife has revived my sense of awe at the priesthood and the Catholic life, but it certainly has helped to fan the flames of my heart. Sometimes television stokes my mind. Sometimes it makes me laugh. Rarely does it feed my soul. Call the Midwife does all of these things. It makes me cry big, stupid tears of joy and sorrow.
Nov
13

9 pieces of advice for starting a new children’s ministry

9 pieces of advice for starting a new children’s ministry When I married a priest, I cut a deal with him. “No children’s ministry,” I made him swear. “Not now, not ever.”
Nov
12

Why Anglican seminarians still need Galatians

Why Anglican seminarians still need Galatians Much of the shape of Anglican seminary curricula, Richard Briggs contends, is shaped by the historical-critical project rather than by the particular questions raised by Anglican ministry itself.
Nov
11

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology (3)

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology (3) I do not wish to imply in any way that the SCLM is trying to introduce a new Trinitarian theology. Rather, I want to suggest that the Trinitarian implications of their revisions take a back seat to the stated goal of removing gendered language for God.
Nov
10

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology (2)

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology (2) The way I am providing a picture of the revised eucharistic rite as a whole in Enriching Our Worship is to outline a summary of the ways in which it changes and edits the Rite II communion service in the current 1979 BCP.
Nov
9

TV culture

TV culture In 1955, The Ed Sullivan Show was one of the most popular television programs in America. Those of us born in the age of cable, let alone the age of the Internet, can hardly imagine the cultural impact of a show like this. As Marty McFly was reminded by the 1955 version of his uncle in Back to the Future, re-runs were not an option. People tuned in and watched what was on. Ed Sullivan famously hosted...
Nov
9

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology A conversation about Prayer Book revision is now on the table in the Episcopal Church. Enriching Our Worship shows the likely trajectory of such revision and must be examined.
Nov
6

New TEC statistics: what do these numbers say?

New TEC statistics: what do these numbers say? It is clear that our membership losses continue to be consistent and chronic. There has thus far been no leveling off. The numbers also suggest that we are losing fewer people to dioceses departing than we are to people exiting their local Episcopal church.
Nov
5

Resource round-up: faith at home

The good news is that there are so many wonderful and creative ways to do faith formation in the home. Making faith a part of our family doesn’t require that we spend hours sitting in straight-backed chairs while someone reads from the Bible in a monotone voice, nor does it require a divinity degree or encyclopedic knowledge of the Bible on the part of the parents. It does require time, attention, and conversation, as we create habits that help us acknowledge Christ and his presence within our homes.
Nov
5

Being human with St. Francis

Being human with St. Francis Lesser Feasts and Fasts: "Of all the saints, Francis is the most popular and admired, but probably the least imitated; few have attained to his total identification with the poverty and suffering of Christ."
Nov
4

Cadair Idris: encountering God in Wales

Cadair Idris: encountering God in Wales There is a very old legend that anyone who spends the night on Cadair Idris will either be struck mad or wake up a poet.
Nov
3

(Some of) you should read John Barclay’s new book

(Some of) you should read John Barclay’s new book The highest commendation I can offer is that I plan to re-read it soon to see what I missed the first time.

« Previous Entries Next Entries »

logo
Copyright 2012. The Living Church Foundation. Designed by 11th Hour