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John Mason Lock

The Rev. John Mason Lock is the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Red Bank, New Jersey. A life-long Episcopalian nurtured in the Diocese of the Rio Grande, he attended the University of Delaware where he majored in English and minored in Jewish Studies. He received his M.Div. from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, graduating in 2008. He served as curate for five years at All Souls Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City before being called to Trinity Red Bank. He is the proud husband of Bonnie and father of four.

Risky Investments are the Business of the Kingdom

In Psalm 1, we hear of the righteous person, who is a like a “tree planted by streams of living water.” The other qualities...

A Survey of Historic Romans Commentaries

By John Mason Lock While it’s not the earliest nor the longest book in the New Testament, there is a strong case to be made...

Cormac McCarthy: A Survey and Appreciation

By John Mason Lock Cormac McCarthy died June 13 at the age of 89. He was to my way of thinking the greatest living novelist...

A New Grace for Meals

By John Mason Lock Our family devotions include a practice that we’ve been using for almost a decade. In sharing it here, I do not...

Denominational Envy

By John Mason Lock From time to time I visit other churches, especially during the four weeks of vacation I take in the summer. In...

Is Digital Church Really Pentecost 4.0?

“Churches have primarily become about producing a programmed event rather than building communal interactions and relationships.”

Ever Ancient, Ever New

Ancient Christianity: The Development of its Institutions and Practices By Angelo di Berardino ICCS Press, pp. 718. $89.95 Review by John Mason Lock As a young college student discovering...

John Milton’s “On Time”

By John Mason Lock As a culture we are a low point for the reading and enjoyment of poetry. Most people say they don't like...

Virtual Church: Opportunity or Mirage?

By John Mason Lock Since the pandemic began, I've heard many clergy celebrate the extension of the church’s ministry through virtual worship. The refrain I...

Billy Joe Shaver and Music for the Land of Nod

By John Mason Lock With the political morass we've been enduring during this election cycle and the pressures of leading a church in a pandemic,...