Passion and Failure in the Church’s Story

By Mark Michael Generally, we don’t review self-published books in our pages. Lacking professional editors, such volumes often suffer from internal repetitiveness, poor or outdated argumentation, and grammatical incoherence. Self-published books also tend t... Read More...

Alternative Facts on Church Growth

A Response to Scott MacDougall By Benjamin M. Guyer On November 30, House of Deputies theologian Scott MacDougall published “The Church Is Not Dying, It Is Changing: A Message from the House of Deputies The... Read More...

Out with the Old, In with the Old

By Christopher Wells “To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often,” wrote John Henry Newman, with an inter-ecclesial bus ticket in his back pocket. He had doctrinal development in his si... Read More...

“When I Use a Word”: Humpty Dumpty on Evangelicalism

By Charlie Clauss When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is... Read More...

The Inexhaustible Cup

In accordance with the Eleventh Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, this essay is published anonymously. Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. — Proverbs 27:17 Christians love to use the analogy... Read More...

The Episcopal Church in 2050

By David Goodhew Bishop John Shelby Spong wrote a book in 1999 entitled Why Christianity Must Change or Die. The Episcopal Church has, largely, followed Bishop Spong’s lead. It has changed and it is dying. I... Read More...