By Eugene R. Schlesinger Lent is a fascinating cultural phenomenon. On the one hand, it’s fairly unpleasant. My daughters, for instance, spend Gesimatide lamenting the fast approach (no pun intended) of Ash Wednesday and a return to a more disciplined life ... Read More...
Being reborn is not easy. It is Lazarus being called to life by a “terrible light.”
During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, when many of us turn our attention to the twin subjects of ecumenism and ecclesiology, it is helpful to hear a variety of voices on the nature of the church, especially pertaining to baptism.
Just as baptism leads to identification with Jesus’s divine Sonship, making us by adoption what belongs to Jesus by nature, so too in John this baptism-like scene provokes an understanding of our ongoing identification with and consideration of our life in Christ.
Lots of Episcopalians, lay and ordained, seem to think they know what confirmation is, but our canons and liturgical forms are, at best, ambiguous, and there’s nothing approaching broad agreement about how to interpret them.