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Garwood Anderson

Garwood Anderson is the Donald J. Parsons Distinguished Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Nashotah House Theological Seminary and, beginning September 1, 2024, the Distinguished Fellow, Biblical Studies and Theology, at the Lumen Center of the Steve and Laurel Brown Foundation, Madison, Wisconsin.

The end of homiletics?

If homiletics is a self-respecting discipline, then it should never rest until it perfects its end. And the end of homiletics is homiletical art, well-crafted oratory. But is this good preaching?

To be or not to be … an evangelical

An enduring question for at least some former or might-be evangelicals is whether we still think of ourselves as evangelicals — what is gained and lost in doing so.

Unsolicited ruminations on church leadership from a backseat driver

The Episcopal Church has more leaders than it has leadership, that is, more persons in positions of responsibility than the capacity to exercise that responsibility well.

Things Episcopalians say (2): “You don’t have to check your brains at the door.”

After all, is there any Christian tradition that more effortlessly embraces a sophisticated intellectual idiom within a refined aesthetic sensibility?

Things Episcopalians say (1): “Not literally.” Seriously?

A serious reader of the Bible, whether a literalist or not, will find a lifetime of problems in it. I just don’t meet many Episcopalians who actually have these problems. They have heard about the problems, about like they have heard tell of Crusades and an Inquisition.

John’s Advent epiphany

John the Baptist figures prominently in our Advent worship, but, in some of the lectionary readings, we meet a Baptist not only charmingly eccentric, but, well, unpleasant.

More Catholic than the Pope

“That’s no way to talk to the Pope.” This gratuitous and immature comment was my lame attempt at humor. The occasion was the reading of the notorious incident in Syrian Antioch, narrated by St. Paul in Galatians 2:11-14, Paul upbraiding Cephas.

Brought up short

I am an almost classic case of the evangelical on the Canterbury Trail, but I don’t see the evidence that the graceful aestheticism of liturgy “produces” gracious persons or that worshiping in the beauty of holiness makes holy persons.

Luke for More of Us

Review by Garwood P. Anderson Some recent, diverse offerings on the Lukan corpus seek to fill the gap between biblical scholarship and the Church.

Born as a Servant

Review by Garwood P. Anderson This lovely book serves as a scholarly catalog for the “Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus” exhibit.