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Jul
8

Thanksgiving, remembrance, and the ‘whole Christ’ in the Psalms

Thanksgiving, remembrance, and the ‘whole Christ’ in the Psalms Do the historical psalms simply retell stories we read in a more gripping form in the Pentateuch and elsewhere?
Jul
7

Eschew liturgical idiosyncrasy

Eschew liturgical idiosyncrasy When does a desire for liturgical diversity become merely an excuse for anarchy and personal preference?
Jul
1

Why the RCL is killing churches, and what you can do about it 

Why the RCL is killing churches, and what you can do about it  The RCL has not succeeded in developing biblical piety in our congregations. Here are six ways to fix its errors.
Jun
30

Why the RCL is killing churches

Why the RCL is killing churches Pastors and priests are weakening people’s faith every Sunday, and they don’t even realize it. Their secret weapon? The Revised Common Lectionary.
Jun
29

Northanger, Downton, and the terrors of ‘religion’

Northanger, Downton, and the terrors of ‘religion’ We long for visible models of holiness, visible signs that there is more to our lives than the gray monotony of secular disenchantment.
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
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.
May
21

Gathering the fruit, May 21: Roman Catholics ‘recognizing’ the Anglican patrimony

Gathering the fruit, May 21: Roman Catholics ‘recognizing’ the Anglican patrimony What do Roman Catholics consider the "treasures" or "elements of sanctity" in the Anglican tradition?
May
17

The good news of God’s wrath

The good news of God’s wrath The modern hymn “In Christ Alone” has provoked controversy with its phrase "the wrath of God was satisfied." But there is a better way to understand “the wrath of God,” a way that displays its truth, goodness, and even its beauty.
May
12

A thought experiment: where to place baptisms at the Easter Vigil

A thought experiment: where to place baptisms at the Easter Vigil I realized one day how many things I did as a priest because I liked them without having thought them through and without trying to understand the "why" behind my actions.
May
11

Liturgy doesn’t “mean” anything: It is something.

Liturgy doesn’t “mean” anything: It is something. A very common question is some variation of "What does this or that ceremony or action mean?" It expresses a false assumption.
Apr
15

I want a religion

I want a religion Some say, "I want a relationship, not a religion." But I say "I rather like my religion, and I'm pretty sure it's good for me."
Apr
8

The liturgy, the crucible of love

The liturgy, the crucible of love What is at stake in worship is not perfect performance but, by the power of the Holy Spirit, union with Christ in his sacrifice, offering every part of ourselves and our lives to God.
Mar
28

The blessing of confession

The blessing of confession Some urge that confession be restricted to Lent in future liturgies. Yet to omit confession would also omit the great blessing we receive through the weekly challenge to confess, forgive, and be forgiven.

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