We are called to be luminarias of life, hallmarks of the holy, sign-posts of salvation, beacons of blessedness for a world of weary travelers in desperate search of a place to lay their heavy burdens down
In Christ we are brought back home. Peace and reconciliation are possible across even the widest of chasms.
The Church is where this sanctifying community happens on purpose.
Any conversation about grace that does not also engage the subject of sin is a one-sided conversation. It is to go on a journey and to be told of the glorious ultimate destination, but to be left with no way of getting there.
The life of prayer isn’t a suggestion or a recommendation – it is part and parcel to what it means to follow the way of Jesus.
Each and every person living, and who has ever lived, has an equal share in the Kingdom of God because the blessing of God cannot be earned. God’s blessing is always God-initiated.
These are they who lean over the grandstands of Glory to cheer us on as we run. “Walk together children, don’t you get weary; there’s a great camp meeting in the Promised Land.”
I have only been the Rector of my congregation for seven months and already I have had to face-down my first, Watergate-sized scandal. Kyrie eleison. Picture it: Sewanee, Tennessee. 2017. There I was standing in the front of a lecture hall giving a presentation on The Book of Common Prayer as a part of Sewanee’s … Continue reading “Cassock-gate,” the Reformation, and The Book of Common Prayer
“Give to Caesar what has Caesar’s image,” he says, “and give to God what bears God’s image.”
Perhaps a simplistic faith is simply incapable of holding both challenge and the idol of one-dimensional God, not unlike the Golden Calf – a God we can create, see, carry, and control.