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Jody Howard

The Rev. Canon Joseph B. "Jody" Howard is Canon to the Ordinary of the Diocese of Tennessee.

Speak yet again: euthanasia (2)

Yesterday, I wrote about the Right to Die movement. Today, I outline some theological principles for opposing euthanasia.

Speak yet again: on euthanasia (1)

Thus death reigns in all the portions of our time; the autumn with its fruits provides disorders for us, and the winter's cold turns...

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?

Honor, shame, and the Gospel in the American South: Part I

This series of posts discusses the honor-shame dynamic of the American South, a Christian challenge to injustice that takes into account the region's social paradigm, and Jackson Wu's "4 Keys to Evangelism in Honor-Shame Cultures."

The Devil is (no longer) in the details

The Church of England has kicked the devil out of its baptismal rite. This move concerns me. This sort of attempt at cultural intelligibility usually backfires and ends up making beliefs far more ambiguous and people's feelings more ambivalent.

The precariousness of Christian lives in some regions

The headlines reporting this story seem as though they are reaching for a way to absolve the murderers of guilt.

Do not hinder them

How do we welcome our children and not hinder them in their search for Christ? We begin by honoring them as people made in the image and likeness of God and taking seriously their ability to worship God in a manner that is just as full of awe, wonder, and power as any adult.