I have called you friends

There is a whole wonderful realm of relational intimacy that our culture misses out on by loading all of its human-closeness eggs in the basket of specifically sexual intimacy.

Bless your heart! (or, why we bless)

I was raised in the genteel city of Birmingham, AL, which is another way of saying that I grew up around hospitable, polite and loving … trash talk. A sampling of regular conversation might include, for instanc... Read More...

Worship works

Week after week, the Church’s worship in Word and sacrament binds us closer to one another, reminds us of who we are, and brings us into the transforming presence of the risen Jesus.

Why we do this

Receiving the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist is treated like a weekly Pill by some of us.

The substance of the argument

Bishops from across the theological spectrum engaged in substantive debate: they cited Scripture, the rubrics of the prayer book, their own ordination vows, and the Constitution and Canons, all of which were deemed relevant to the issue.

The burden of angels

A few months ago, I was in a conversation with a friend (a former classmate and now a fellow seminary professor at a different institution). She mentioned at some point that she didn't believe that angels reall... Read More...