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A Letter to the Episcopalian Conservative

My dearest conservative, Episcopalian, Evangelical friend, It has come to my attention that there may still be some of you who have not bowed down to Baal or Beyonce. However, the very structure that you have loved and the very articles that you have cherished have been completely abandoned by your priests. They have left(…)

Detective Work in Sin Patterns

Overcoming sin patterns is an incredibly arduous task. It is primarily difficult because we are terrific analyzers of patterns in others, but remarkably inefficient when it comes to discovering sin patterns in our own. But we should be in the business of pattern detecting. Say you have a tendency to overreact to situations in your(…)

The Emmaus Road Hermeneutic

Vespers’ Homily at Providence Church This is the Easter season! Easter is the Gospel’s exclamation point to the question mark of the crucifixion. We are only on the 11th day. We still have 39 to go. But in this season of celebration, the resurrection answers more questions than merely “Is Jesus still in the tomb?”(…)

Maundy Thursday Reflection

I believe that one of the greatest harms we can cause as Christians is to treat Jesus as a passion-less Lord. We tend to view him as a first-century philosopher who merely “informs our intellect…deposits new ideas into our mind, touching only the calm, cool, collected space of reflection and contemplation.” And add to that,(…)

The Seduction of Slogans

It’s important to grasp that political parties need slogans to seduce our attention. Let’s consider the famous conservative slogan “End Abortion.” When it comes to ending abortion, millions are given to accentuate the slogan; to make the slogan an identity marker of a political agenda so that when one looks at the party they say,(…)

God’s Communication in Worship

God communicates his Gospel in many ways this morning. God’s language is his service to us. He could have focused exclusively on our sin. “You are sinners! Remember your sinfulness, confess your sinfulness, be ashamed of your sinfulness and the sinfulness of your sin!” But that language, though critical to the Gospel, is a small(…)