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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

Scott GunnI’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.)

You can find me on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or flickr. If you want to send email, write to 7wd {at} swingspan dot c o m.

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 given with Fr. Tim Schenck at the Biennial Conference of the New England Deacons Network. “Using social media in your congregation.” October 2, 2010.

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

Techno info

This blog is powered by WordPress, a free blogging system available here. This particular visual theme was created by Stephen Reinhardt. It’s been modified somewhat, so don’t blame him for things you might not like about the design.

7 Comments so far

  1. Rich Bardusch on February 14th, 2008

    Great Blog…I think you might need to adjust the quote from George Herbert as it seemed a bit difficult to read on my computer. It may have been my computer…but I thought I could offer some form of criticism….it is the least I could do.

  2. Scott Gunn on February 14th, 2008

    Thanks for the kudos. What’s hard? The contrast (or lack thereof)? The size? I’ll fix it, if I know what I’m fixing… Thanks again.

  3. Tim Schenck on February 15th, 2008

    Hey, Scott. Great new blog! Especially the post where I’m mentioned. Just added you to my blogroll (doesn’t that sound like something you’d order from a Chinese restaurant?). Good luck with this and I’ll look forward to checking it regularly.

  4. Rich Johnson on February 28th, 2008

    Great to see a rector blog! I’ve been harassing our rector for the last year to start blogging.

    The problem with the Herbert quote on my browser, IE 6, is that it is half way in the green header and half way in the white body. Assuming it belongs in the header, I would imagine your WordPress header settings need to be adjusted… just a guess.

    Continue the blog, great stuff so far!

  5. Scott Gunn on February 28th, 2008

    Rich,

    OK, I’ll try to find a copy of IE 6 to test this. It looks great on my two Mac browsers (Firefox & Safari) and my Windows browser (IE 7). Once I can see the problem, I’ll be able to fix it lickety split.

    IE 6 handles XHTML poorly, so there’s probably some idiosyncratic weirdness, perhaps with either the positioning or (more likely) a
    hack I threw in there.

    Anyway, I ramble… I’ll try to fix this ASAP. If you notice anything else, please let me know.

    Glad you found your way to the blog, and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    Pax,
    Scott

  6. Ann Baltes on November 22nd, 2008

    Scott,

    While checking out your blog and reading “about the blogger”, I saw that you will be in Anaheim next summer. Just wondering if you might be aware of Scott Richardson. Perhaps, you know this name already. He is rector for St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego and Dean for the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. I think those are his correct titles. Anyway, we have had the pleasure of hearing about him from a SD friend of ours who holds him in high regard and then hearing him personally when we were at the cathedral for Sunday worship while on a little vacation this past April. Bill and I think you would share a lot of common views with Scott R. (e.g. inclusive church). Additionally, and I realize this is a subjective kind of thing, the guy’s personality agrees with me – that right combination of kindness, compassion, humility, intellect, and able to keep me waiting for the next word out of his mouth during a sermon. So, just a rambling thought here on a Saturday night.

    Nice blog, by the way.

    Peace,
    Ann

  7. Jon Wright on December 17th, 2008

    I love the title of your blog and the poet that inspired it. I teach Herbert’s Easter Wings, Redemption, The Altar, The Collar, and Prayer every semester. I couldn’t agree with you and Herbert more: God is worthy of our praise and our libation, our living sacrifice, seven days a week.

    Blessings to you.

    Jon