Category: scripture


Keep these words in your heart: scripture engagement, part 1

To get a congregation reading the scriptures will surely lead to transformation of individual lives and of the church itself. To learn the language of scripture is to find new ways to praise and to thank God, and that helps us live out our purpose, to glorify God.

Holy Bible

Of the readings for Holy Week

I’ve had two conversations with friends recently in which some confusion was expressed about the proper readings for Holy Week. It’s understandable that there would be some confusion, because the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music for the Episcopal Church has introduced a bit of a mess with the Holy Week readings.

The story of Jonah

I love the story of Jonah, a tiny sliver of which pops up in tomorrow’s lectionary. Here’s some lovely art with panels that tell much of Jonah’s story. The artist is John August Swanson....

The Bible Challenge

I’m very glad to have a small role in a new project: The Bible Challenge. It’s a way to get people to read the whole Bible in a year. Already seven dioceses in the...

Angels: setting the record straight

Our culture has an angel problem. Lots of people talk about angels. Guardian angel this, Hallmark card that. Angels appear on TV shows. Angels are regular features in all manner of popular culture, high...

Doh! Yay God?!

Here’s some fodder for everyone who is preaching tomorrow. We continue to make the same mistakes as Jesus’ followers: we are quick to seek easy explanations for suffering. And we are too often more...

Article VII: Of the Old Testament

This post is part of a Lenten series on the 39 Articles. Article VII: Of the Old Testament The Old Testament is not contrary to the New; for both in the Old and New...