Taking Time to Attend

By Christopher Wells But yet, O my God who made us, how can that honor I paid her be compared with her service to me? I was then left destitute of a great comfort in her, and my soul was stricken; and that lif... Read More...

The Evangelical Edge

 This is the second of three reflections on hierarchy. Part one is here. By Christopher Wells Digging deeper into the origins of hierarchy, one comes to a most basic sense of the Greek arché, namely, begi... Read More...

Church Order: Neither Nostalgic nor Progressive

This is the first of three reflections on hierarchy. By Christopher Wells We denizens of democratic spaces do not much like rulers. We like, in the formulation of the French Revolution, liberté, égalité, and fraternité. We worry, with historical reason, ... Read More...

Movement of Unity

By Christopher Wells Approaching the end of this strange year, it has felt momentous to us at TLC to plan boldly for the future, as we have done in Strategic Plan 2020. Shepherded to completion by our board ... Read More...

Declaration of Dependence

By Christopher Wells All of you brothers over in Africa / Tell all the folks in Egypt, and Israel, too. / Please don’t miss this train at the station. / ‘Cause if you miss it, I feel sorry, sorry for you. —“Lo... Read More...

Blood of the Black Christ, Shed for All

By Christopher Wells All right, I was colored. It was fine. I did not know enough to be afraid or to anticipate in a concrete manner. True, I had heard that colored people were killed and beaten, but so far it all had seemed remote. —Richard Wright at age 8, ... Read More...

John Jewel, Confident Visibilist

John Jewel's Apology for the Church of England is a classic of Anglican ecclesiology and a touchstone for understanding the church's visibility.