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Sent to Coventry, Called to Windsor

Having been “sent to Coventry” in 2008 to be Bishop of the Diocese of Coventry in the West Midlands of England, I found myself...

Foolishness to the Clowns

In St. Mary’s Chapel at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, near the back on the epistle side, is a window commemorating the late Michael Ramsey,...

Making People Want to Listen to your Sermon

This essay is adapted from Neal’s forthcoming book, How to Hit the Ground Running: A Quick-start Guide for Congregations with New Leadership, Revised, scheduled...

On the Seasonality of Vocation

Perhaps the most widely popular of St. John Henry Newman’s writings is the poem that became a hymn text: “Lead, Kindly Light” (composed during...

An Elegy towards Hope

Stand with me for a moment on the southern shore of a lake only a few miles from where I live in mid-Wales. To...

The East African Revival at 95

At the onset of the New Year, I attended a meeting of the East Africa Revival Movement at the open grounds of Bishop James...

No Regrets After Leaving Social Media

About a year ago, I wrote about my decision to leave behind social media. I can say that the decision has been unequivocally positive....

The Culture of Bullying in the Body of Christ

I was a scrawny kid in an English boys’ boarding school, small for my age, a late developer, sitting prey for bullies. For several years...

Bring Back the Greeks

I have a talk on modernity and mission in which I try to diagnose the challenge of modernity and lay out a strategy for an...

Debunking Myths and Avoiding Episcopal Overreach: Conducting Clergy Searches According to the Canons

Consider the following scenarios: A Search Committee is told they must wait patiently for a list of rector candidates from the diocese. They are not...

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