Episcopal Church

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Not even a virus can separate us from the love of God.

This essay was written as part of the outreach program of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington to continue to minister to our community in this time of uncertainty and “social distancing” that requires not meeting in person. For essays by my friends and colleagues go to “Calming the Storm.” In August of 2005, my wife and I, with our two, young children, joined thousands of others in evacuating from New Orleans […]

A close reading of Ruth

Holy cow, this is a bad survey question about Scripture

Many of you know that last year I was the interim rector of an Episcopal parish going through transition. Requiring an interim is one of the better things that the Episcopal church does, and the thoughtful review and reflection process is another. This year I took up a new role as the inaugural dean of the Lewis Honors College at the University of Kentucky. It so happens that the church I am attending here has […]

Walking in Mourning – The Road to Emmaus

The audio, always a bit different, can be found at the St. B’s website. Third Sunday of Easter (April 30, 2017)  Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 1 Peter 1:17-23 Luke 24:13-35 Luke 24:21a “But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.” Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Our Gospel reading […]

On the Holy Mountain

In the southeast Episcopalians call Sewanee, TN the “holy mountain.” Home of the University of the South it is a beautiful mountain top with gorgeous views, woods, and trails. I was able to take the last three days on a retreat, mostly just a chance to recharge and prepare for a couple of retreats I will be leading in May. The highlight for me was being able to hike a few miles every day with […]

News from Nashville

This year, after nearly 20 years as both an faculty member and an academic administrator, I am on my first-ever academic leave and, as readers of the blog know, I am working my book on suffering and grace. But two months ago I was contacted and asked if I would consider spending my time in Nashville as the interim rector of St. Bartholomew’s. After an interview process, the vestry decided to extend the call and I […]

Prostrate Upon The Ground

We recently had a clergy conference for our diocese and it was hosted in our local parish. The lectures were given in the sanctuary and our topic was alcoholism and addiction. As the speaker described St. Augustine’s own moment of release from his own sins, the saint, lying prostrate on the ground beneath the fig tree, I had a startling realization. I was sitting in the same spot, on the same pew, where I had sat […]

Jesus was an Episcopalian?!

I saw this book, Jesus Was An Episcopalian (And You Can Be One Too!): A Newcomer’s Guide to the Episcopal Church, referenced on a listserv and while I am an Episcopalian I am certain that Jesus was not. This is the sort of thing that makes me so frustrated with our church and reminds me why so many other Christians just shake their heads at us. It may well be a good introduction to the […]

Chilton on his new book “Abraham’s Curse”

I came across this article today. I commented earlier on an interview with Bruce in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the same book. Having not yet read the book, my questions remain… Q&A with: Bard College’s Bruce Chilton | PoughkeepsieJournal.com | Poughkeepsie Journal Q&A with: Bard College’s Bruce Chilton Tell us about “Abraham’s Curse.” “Abraham’s Curse” shows how human sacrifice has been incorporated within Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the story of the patriarch’s […]

Photo: Trinity Church, Fishkill NY

I am on the road today and tomorrow, but after lunch today I had the privilege of visiting one of the oldest Anglican churches in America. Trinity Church, Fishkill NY is over 250 years old and the building itself is 240 years old. The historical marker reads: Organized by Rev. Samuel Seabury [in] 1756, built 1760. Provincial congress met here Sept. 1776. Used as hospital during Revolution It is a very simple structure, not in […]

Lenten Devotional: What are we doing?

1 Therefore let us go on toward perfection, leaving behind the basic teaching about Christ, and not laying again the foundation: repentance from dead works and faith toward God, 2 instruction about baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. (Heb. 6:1-2) The Episcopal church is now well known for our fractions and factions. The debate, it is often stated, is about human sexuality and sexual practices, but I am not […]