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John Bauerschmidt

The Rt. Rev. John Bauerschmidt is the 11th Bishop of Tennessee. A native of South Carolina, he was consecrated bishop in 2007, having previously served parishes in Western Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Louisiana. He served in the Church of England from 1987 to 1991, and holds a DPhil in theology from Oxford University, where Oliver O’Donovan supervised his work. He has a continuing interest in the early Church (especially Augustine, the subject of his doctoral thesis), as well as in 17th-century Anglicanism. He owes an abiding debt to the Oxford Movement for his spiritual formation. Bishop John is married to Caroline, and they are the parents of three children.


By John Bauerschmidt Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel, The Man in the High Castle, posits an alternative history, set mostly in a Japanese occupied San...

A Scriptural Liturgy

By John Bauerschmidt In his book, The Love of Learning and the Desire for God, Jean Leclercq offers this reflection on liturgical worship: All the delicacy...

The Wilderness Road

By John Bauerschmidt Back in the late spring, as the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee prepared to emerge from our suspension of public in-person worship, I...

William Bartram’s Travels

By John Bauerschmidt I first came to know of William Bartram in fictional form, as a minor character who appears at the beginning of Kenneth Robert’s...

Pandemic: 14th-Century Style

By John Bauerschmidt As the church continues to respond to the coronavirus and the disruption that has resulted, the historical memory of an earlier pandemic...


By John Bauerschmidt Enmity is defined as “deep-seated unfriendliness accompanied by readiness to quarrel or fight; hostility; antagonism” (Funk & Wagnall’s Standard College Dictionary). As...

The Coronavirus and the Book of Common Prayer

We have resources for both public and private prayer in the midst of this crisis. Our Lord taught us to pray, in the time of trial, for deliverance from evil.

Sympathetic Imagination

The process of entering into another age and another culture is not a strictly scientific one but requires imagination, the ability to call to mind people distant from us in time and place.

Augustine, Benedict, and the Future of Christianity in the West

The Christian pastor, as a teacher of rhetoric, seeks to delight and persuade in pursuit of God, who is the source of true delight and true blessedness.

Baptismal Catechesis

I think that we have given the idea of lowering expectations about Christian identity and catechesis at the point of entry a thorough exploration over the past fifty years or so. The 1979 Prayer Book calls us to a different standard, to live more fully into the church’s vocation as a baptizing community.