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With the Grain of the Prayer Book

In early February 1685, King Charles II fell ill and clergy across the country, perhaps somewhat strangely, began to pray the prayer book service...

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 House-going Parson Makes a Church-going People

"You’re the first vicar ever to visit my home.” I can’t tell you how many times someone has said something along those lines to me....

Good Shepherds

By Jonathan Turtle What makes for a good pastor? Is there a metric by which we could discern good pastors from bad? Could we even...

On Leaving Social Media

By Cole Hartin I did not expect that pastoral ministry would require me to spend so much time with a computer. I anticipated using Word to...

Six Lessons for a New Pandemic Rector

By Clint Wilson I arrived in my parish five weeks before the pandemic hit Louisville, Ky. Is this what it felt like to start as a...

Negative Capability: A Pastoral Virtue

What does the poet John Keats have to teach the pastors of the church? John Bauerschmidt expands on a suggestion of Eugene Peterson, and suggests how we need to maximize  our “negative capability.”

Why I Wear Black

By Zachary Guiliano I always knew I’d wear black. My first inkling came when I was 18 and an intern at a Pentecostal church. I attended...

Pastoral Ministry: Not a Call to Make the World a Better Place

By Cole Hartin I take the warning from the Epistle of James to heart: What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have...

Pastoral Ministry — But Not Only Pastoral Ministry

This essay responds to a recent article on pastoral care. By John Bowen Cole Hartin is right. Of course he’s right. And yet, and yet. Why...

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