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Gestation – 9 Months of Sermons

In the human life a lot can happen in nine months. This past year I was the interim rector of St. Bartholomew’s in Nashville for exactly nine months and preached almost every Sunday. I have posted few of those sermons here, but I have compiled them all into one PDF for any who might be interested. You can still hear the audio versions on the St. B’s website. Download “Gestation.” May the words of my […]

Advent 3: Listen and Look – Hear and See

My sermon from this past Sunday, Advent 3 (Yr. A). The audio can be heard on St. B’s site, where you can subscribe to all our sermons. Third Sunday of Advent (December 11, 2016) Gospel Matthew 11:2-11 What are you expecting for Christmas? The season of Advent is a time of expectation. Our lectionary and liturgy attempt to direct our attention to Christ’s second coming, preparing ourselves, our community, and our world for the coming Day […]

“Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping”

Compline has always been to me the most gentle and consoling of the offices. I can never, however, escape the knowledge that as they prepared to take him on the helicopter I prayed with Mack our simple nightly prayer. “Now we lay you down to sleep and pray the Lord your soul to keep. His love guide you through the night and keep you safe til morning light.” I don’t know whether it was supremely […]

Latterday Latitudinarians Lumbering over the Limen

George F. Will has an excellent and fair summary of where the Episcopal church finds itself. You can find the article in the Washington Post: A Faith’s Dwindling Following. The summary is fairly straightforward: As the church’s doctrines have become more elastic, the church has contracted. It celebrates an “inclusiveness” that includes fewer and fewer members. He is, of course, not saying anything new or that we have not observed before. I have often marveled at […]

“If bishops were no more, would we miss them?”

That is the headline of a Times story. And it is a good question and a good little piece. Some highlights are below, but be sure to read it all. Of course this goes straight to the earlier conversation with Kevin Wilson of Blue Cord about polity. The episcopal extravaganza at Lambeth illustrates how outdated the Church of England hierarchy is View a graphic representation of episcopal inflation in the Church of England by Theo […]

The Presiding Bishop Responds to GAFCON (boy does she!)

The Presiding Bishop of ECUSA, The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori has responded as well. Her entire response is as follows: Much of the Anglican world must be lamenting the latest emission from GAFCON.  Anglicanism has always been broader than some find comfortable. This statement does not represent the end of Anglicanism, merely another chapter in a centuries-old struggle for dominance by those who consider themselves the only true believers. Anglicans will continue to worship […]

The Archbishop Responds to GAFCON

You can read it all here, but I have included his opening and concluding paragraphs below. The bulk is his raising reasonable concerns about GAFCON’s proposal. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has responded to the final declaration of the Global Anglican Future Conference with the following statement: The Final Statement from the GAFCON meeting in Jordan and Jerusalem contains much that is positive and encouraging about the priorities of those who met for […]

New “church within a church” within the Anglican Communion

The new Jerusalem council (not to be confused with the New Jerusalem Council which has yet to be scheduled) has apparently resulted in a new organization of orthodox Anglican churches within the Communion. From the Daily Telegraph: Orthodox Anglicans who are creating a new movement at a breakaway summit in Jerusalem have said they feel “betrayal and abandonment” at the current church structure. The 1,000 conservatives at the Gafcon conference say they feel “profound sadness” […]

BBC on Growing Anglican Rift

I am watching BBC America news right now (and why on earth do we not simply have BBC international news?!) and they just ran a story on the conservative Anglican leaders meeting in Jerusalem this week prior to the Lambeth Conference and some have some rather dramatic comments.One story is here and video clip is here . (They also just had John Green from the Pew Forum talking about their recent report and repeated the […]

Where is the Anglican Communion Going?

No one is sure yet. But this week the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) is meeting in Jerusalem prior to the Lambeth Conference which is meeting in mid-July. The Pew Forum just ran an informative and helpful piece setting the issues into a demographic context. One of the major flashpoints in the ongoing conflict in the Anglican Communion centers on a recently married and openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson. Robinson was consecrated as bishop of […]