Musings of an Anglican/Episcopal Priest

Month: May 2013 (page 2 of 4)

Oscar Late


Extra flags placed in the chancel for tomorrow’s liturgy are fine — as long as there are three. And they represent the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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Presiding bishop preaches in Curaçao, Diocese of Venezuela

I take heart that at least I wasn’t the only one who thought this was a scandalous embarrassment. I don’t usually critique the sermons of others because I know how hard it is to preach, but I would *like* to be able to expect more from our presiding bishop even if I disagree with her on numerous issues.

All Saints Church, Steenrijk, Curaçao [Diocese of Venezuela]
12 May 2013

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This is one point I’m going to make in my sermon on Sunday. It expands on other points I’ve made in the past about Trinitarian doctrine (that it’s first and foremost a Christological doctrine, that was arrived at through the need to explain the experience of Jesus Christ).

I may also still show pictures of kittens.

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St. Paul Speaks! | The Living Church

This seems right to me:

Two days ago I was taking an afternoon tea break with St. Peter and he asked if I had heard the latest scuttlebutt from Earth. He then told me about your novel interpretation of the exorcism recorded in the Book of Acts. I know you may be dubious about an electronic dispatch from the other side of d…

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Christians on Campus

Some good points about Vanderbilt, a school in our own backyard, and selective non-discrimination policies.

“Christians are ousted wherever possible on campus,” complained Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) founder Bill Bright a few years before his 2003 death. With some regularity universities make news fo…

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Evangelicals and the redemptive symmetry of immigration reform | The Christian Century

“For too long, Land said, our government has had two signs at the border: “No Trespassing” and “Help Wanted.” He added that this is a propitious moment.”


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Update & Prayer List

North Dakota – (Province VI-USA) The Rt Revd Michael Gene Smith • more infoNorth Dakota – (Province VI-USA) The Rt Revd Michael Gene SmithSouth Dakota – (Province VI-USA) The Rt Revd John Tarrant

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The sermon from the Presiding Bishop that is now making the rounds

This is what you get when you preach without any historical grounding. I’ve said some things in sermons before that, even immediately after, have made me think “well, there was probably a less bizarre way to put that” but when I want something strait up odd, the PB rarely disappoints:

“There are some remarkable examples of that kind of blindness in the readings we heard this morning, and slavery is wrapped up in a lot of it. Paul is annoyed at the slave girl who keeps pursuing him, telling the world that he and his companions are slaves of God. She is quite right. She’s telling the same truth Paul and others claim for themselves.[1] But Paul is annoyed, perhaps for being put in his place, and he responds by depriving her of her gift of spiritual awareness. Paul can’t abide something he won’t see as beautiful or holy, so he tries to destroy it. It gets him thrown in prison. That’s pretty much where he’s put himself by his own refusal to recognize that she, too, shares in God’s nature, just as much as he does – maybe more so! The amazing thing is that during that long night in jail he remembers that he might find God there – so he and his cellmates spend the night praying and singing hymns.”

The beauty of this place is legendary. It is beautiful – and fragile, for its beauty depends on a dynamic balance among the parts of this island system. Many people don’t notice beauty around…

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+Robinson and an Elizabethan apocryphon

A very interesting piece, which I missed at the time, regarding just how far Queen Elisabeth’s nascent pluralism did (or, in this case, did not) go.

Queen Elizabeth I is reported to have stated that she did not wish to “make windows into men’s souls.” It is not uncommon for this piece of folk wisdom to be found in films such as Shekhar Shapur’s…

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Study: Men’s Biceps Predict Their Political Ideologies

This is a pretty interesting correlation:

Positions on economic redistribution correlated with upper-body strength.

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