What do you seek?

Most of the time, I don’t know what it is that I really want. I hope that I am seeking Jesus of Nazareth, but it may well be that I’m seeking him more for my own complacent self-congratulation than because I actually want him, as he is, in all his terrifying radiance.

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.

Telling the Passion

When he devised the first nativity scene, Francis of Assisi wanted to show that God had a share in poverty. In a similar way and in roughly the same period, the five wounds of Christ were the subject of devotion in prayers, poems, meditations, charms, and even guilds.

Jesus, Mel Gibson, and the alpha issue

Our new Presiding Bishop talks about Jesus and "the Jesus Movement" a great deal. I expect Episcopalians will find a degree of unity around this theme. But I don’t expect us to stop fighting. Why? Because there are still two very different narratives about Jesus in play.

Jesus trumps

Bishop Daniel Martins: I'm made uneasy by statements that "Jesus trumps any of the apostles" (usually, most notably, St. Paul), and it's precisely because I've made peace (indeed, made friends) with biblical criticism.

Bishops writing up a storm

Bishops Matt Gunter of Fond du Lac and Jake Owensby of Western Louisiana have been churning out post after post recently. (Is this just post-vacation energy, or is God renewing the vocation of the writing bishop?)

Jesus at GC

As we take stock of General Convention, it would be easy to follow the lead of mass media and place emphasis on the Presiding Bishop election or same-sex marriage. But I think there was a bigger story.