Some hard ecumenical questions

It is unlikely that Geoffrey Wainwright’s Faith, Hope, and Love: The Ecumenical Trio of Virtues found its way into many stockings or under a lot of Christmas trees this year. Nevertheless, the slim volume is worth reading, because it forces difficult questions on the reader.

How radical a revision?

Urban T. Holmes claimed that those who resisted the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, as well as the charismatic renewal movement, reflected “a nostalgia for a classical theology which many theologians know has not been viable for almost two hundred years." But is that what the BCP represents?

No sweet little town of Bethlehem

As a young child, one of the first Christmas songs I learned was "O Little Town of Bethlehem." I began to think of the song as sweet but a little schmaltzy until I learned that Philips Brooks wrote the song after visiting the town itself.