Abiding in Jesus

Bryan Owen In my first post for Covenant back in 2015, I noted how much I hated attending church as a child and how that changed over time due to immersion in the eucharistic liturgy. It’s a fairly common ex... Read More...

Good Friday Is Not a Funeral for Jesus

By Bryan Owen In many parts of the Episcopal Church there’s a tradition of highlighting the mournful character of Good Friday and the agonies of our Lord's suffering. This is sometimes underscored by veiling... Read More...

Judging Like a Christian

By Bryan Owen Do not judge, so that you may not be judged — Matthew 7:1 These words of Jesus are sometimes quoted to undermine attempts to name other people's behavior as morally wrong and sinful. "Who are y... Read More...

A High Regard for Scripture

By Bryan Owen  One of the things that struck me when I first started worshiping in the Episcopal Church was the prominent place of Scripture in the liturgy. In addition to three Scripture readings (plus a ps... Read More...

Rescuing the Poor Widow

By Bryan Owen Many years ago when I had the privilege of traveling to the Holy Land, one of the things I enjoyed the most was people watching. People from all over the world thronged through the narrow stree... Read More...

Facing Liturgical East

By Bryan Owen When I was newly ordained, my bishop appointed me to serve in a parish with an altar against the wall. I was so disappointed. I could not believe I would begin my priesthood celebrating the Euc... Read More...

Keeping the Catholic Faith

By Bryan Owen Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith. Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.... Read More...

Too Good to Be True?

Reflections on the Resurrection of Jesus By Bryan Owen If it seems too good to be true, it probably is! We’ve all heard and perhaps used that phrase. It can express not only skepticism, but also prudent ... Read More...