We should always preach Jesus Christ and him crucified, but this time requires attention to the situation in which we find ourselves. Phillips Brooks’ urging to preach the truth with personality can be helpful. What stays the same now? And what changes?
Stephen Colbert famously coined the word “truthiness” as a way of poking fun at our habit of caring more about our own feelings than attaining the truth. Caring about the truth isn’t optional for those who follow Jesus Christ.
In an annual tradition, here is the customary Epiphany Proclamation, to be read out at services on the Feast of the Epiphany and shared with the faithful.
The Task Force for Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision has unveiled a website as part of its work. It has a handy — though problematic — list of Episcopal liturgical resources.
What is discipleship? And why does it matter? Discipleship matters because Jesus said so. In fact, Jesus said making disciples was the main thing for us followers to do.
We are called to proclaim God’s love not just in our familiar churches — standing just inside our red doors to be nice to visitors — but we are also called to proclaim God’s love on the streets, in the mall, on the beach, in the workplace, on the border, in all the places of greatest need. We are called to be witnesses.
We ordain bishops. It’s time to let die our old habit of referring to the “consecration of bishops.” Our baptismal ecclesiology demands it.
Lent is going to look a little different for each person. I hope you have a holy Lent — however you sojourn. Should your ashes stay or should they go? Well, that depends on what’s in your heart.
We have a catechetical crisis in our church. Vast swaths of our laity and not a few clergy are unable to articulate even the most rudimentary understanding of either baptism or eucharist.
On the feast of the Epiphany, as I look at the proposed churchwide budget for the Episcopal Church, a reflection on whether we are offering Jesus Christ to the world in the way the Gospel suggests we ought to.
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.