Adjudicating discipline and orthodoxy in the divided churches is profoundly complicated, especially for the “inferior” and “weaker” member-communities of the body.
Are we basically good? Are we fundamentally corrupt? Are there other options?
Toplady's “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me” qualifies as one of the richest hymns, with its biblical allusions, soteriological vision, and complex history.
The “logic” of torture, that “it was okay to torture the guilty,” continued in Chicago policing at least into the 1970s.
Ash Wednesday confronts us with two truths we probably don’t like to dwell on, truths our culture encourages us to minimize, deny, or simply ignore.
Many times over the years I’ve heard Episcopalians insist that Advent is not a penitential season.
Anger can be just, but hatred and indiscriminate revenge never can be.
Barth counsels solidarity with those in Bridewell, San Quentin, Rikers — or the Basel Prison.