Category: theology

Trust in God

Telling someone to “trust in God” can be profoundly inspiring or profoundly unhelpful. ASBO Jesus gets it right. Don’t get me wrong. I think trusting in God is generally the right answer. It would...

Words from Blessed Polycarp

Today the Church commemorates Polycarp, bishop and martyr. He lived from the mid-first century to the mid-second century. His only surviving work is a letter, “Polycarp to the Philippians“. I’m fascinated by those from...

A parable for the Church in our time

In preparation for a Lenten series on heresy (the avoidance of it, not the encouragement of it), I am reading G. K. Chesterton’s Heretics today. I ran across this gem, which seems to me...

God and Wall Street

This year’s Trinity Institute has concluded. The keynote speaker was Rowan Williams, who spoke with a stellar line-up including Sir Partha Dasgupta and Professor Kathryn Tanner. All the plenary talks, discussion panels, and the...

Is the marketplace the villain?

The Trinity Institute is under way in New York at Trinity Church. The opening address by the Archbishop of Canterbury is now online, along with this afternoon’s talk by Professor Kathryn Tanner of the...

I will not keep silent

Yesterday morning I heard a fantastic sermon, preached by my colleague in ministry at Christ Church, the Rev’d Melody Shobe. I am incredibly fortunate to serve with such a gifted priest, who offered this...

Where is God in the Haiti earthquake?

This video is all over Twitter and Facebook, and for good reason. I usually don’t like to post things that are so widely dispersed, but this is such an effective response to pervasive questions...

The Spirit bears witness

In preparing the first of two sermons for tomorrow, I ran across this quote by Gregory of Nazianzus. I’m not using it in my sermon, but it’s a terrific entry point to talk about...

God and dog

Getting Christ Church up and running this fall has been all consuming, so I’ve not had much time for 7WD. My hope is to fix that in the next few days. For now here’s...

Ramadan

Several years ago, I worked closely with a Muslim man. Over our time together, we talked about our faiths quite a bit. I still treasure a copy of the Qur’an he gave me. One...