About the title
King of glory, King of peace,
I will love thee;
and that love may never cease,
I will move thee.
Thou hast granted my request,
thou hast heard me;
thou didst note my working breast,
thou hast spared me.
Wherefore with my utmost art
I will sing thee,
and the cream of all my heart
I will bring thee.
Though my sins against me cried,
thou didst clear me;
and alone, when they replied,
thou didst hear me.
Seven whole days, not one in seven,
I will praise thee;
in my heart, though not in heaven,
I can raise thee.
Small it is, in this poor sort
to enroll thee:
e’en eternity’s too short
to extol thee.
George Herbert, 1633
This has long been a favorite hymn text of mine. Despite what American graduates of The General Seminary might believe, the text existed long before it was set to a hymn tune called General Seminary, and non-General grads can enjoy this hymn.
Why did I choose this name for a blog? I think it captures our purpose as Christians — to praise God without ceasing. The Christian life is not an exercise for Sundays, it is rather something in which we seek to immerse ourselves at all times, and in all places.
So, yes, this blog deals with God. It deals with things that happen on Sundays. It also explores the Christian life which is mostly lived outside the walls of church. (Sadly, church controversy is a part of this life, so I do prattle on about sundry matters of the Episcopal Church or the Anglican Communion now and then.)
About the blogger
I’m Scott Gunn, an Episcopal priest and certified technophile. In my ministry, I serve as the Executive Director of Forward Movement in Cincinnati, OH. Our historic mission is “to reinvigorate the life of the church” which is something I’m always glad to go on about. I am a Deputy to General Convention, serving on behalf of the Diocese of Southern Ohio. In 2012 and 2009, I served in this capacity from the Diocese of Rhode Island. I’m also on the board of Episcopal Communicators.
This blog is an attempt to capture the struggles and joys of the Christian life — of this particular Christian life. My hope is that there could be bits of humor here, ideally outweighing the outcroppings of cynicism. I’m passionate about inspiring Christians to think of this whole life as a holy journey, with each Sunday as our day to thank God and feast on Christ’s presence in the sacraments. Worshiping with other Christians also allows us to reorient ourselves and to compare notes. You’ll find some writing about life in the church here, about the goings-on in the Anglican Communion, and my ongoing dabblings in music and technology.
Prior to ordination, I worked in technology spheres, both hands-on (“real work”) and management (“fake work”). Among my former haunts, I worked at The Atlantic Monthly & Fast Company, the MIT Media Lab, and Education Development Center. If asked, I’ll tell you about my high-flying and quickly-crashing experience at a dot-com.
Oh, yes, the final obligatory bits. I’m married, and we have one dog in our household. I enjoy music, reading, photography, and travel. (I actually enjoy arriving; I could do without crowded airplanes.)
Notes from Talks & Workshops
On the Anglican Covenant at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, OH. May 20, 2012
Meditate on God’s Holy Word, part of a Lenten series at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, OH. March 14, 2012
Notes & links from a workshop at the Diocesan Resource Day in the Diocese of Massachusetts. “What would Jesus Tweet? Social Media in Parish Ministry.” September 25, 2010
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