St. Luke’s, bivocational priests, and Fr. Holder

Bivocational ministry is widely touted as our future model in the Episcopal Church. The TREC report encouraged exploration of “diverse ways for ordained clergy to make a living inside and outside the Church.” My hope for the conversation was that Fr. Holder could tell me a little more about how this actually works, for the bivocational leader and for the congregation that ministers with him or her.

Costly devotion

Those wise men brought such manifestly impractical gifts to the infant Christ: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Giving is a holy madness

In terms of stimulating pleasure, charitable giving is neurologically on par with eating fudge or getting laid.

Mercy and judgment: on baseball and steroids

In 2013, no baseball players were considered clean enough to be honored with Hall of Fame induction. Sometimes justice demands that when sin has worked its way so deeply into a group of people, the whole thing must go before there can be a new beginning.