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February 14, 2008

Episcopal Life gave hearty approval last year to Paul Tait's idea of having priests try their hand at becoming video preachers. His suggestion was to be an aide in the search process. That process is expensive, and I don't know of a single vestry that sets aside a fund for their next search, so...

February 9, 2008

Editor's note: Following a strong reaction in the media and elsewhere to the Archbishop of Canterbury's remarks indicating that certain aspects of Islamic Sharia law should be introduced into the British legal system, Lambeth Palace issued a statement February 8 saying that Dr. Rowan Williams...

February 8, 2008

As the winds come sweeping down the plains these days, the state of Oklahoma is sweeping out all undocumented immigrants with a mighty broom. The Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007 that went into effect November 1 establishes criminal penalties for harboring, sheltering or...

February 7, 2008

When I wrote an article for my local newspaper (reprinted on Episcopal Life Online here) taking issue with my bishop's attempt to have the Diocese of Pittsburgh secede from the Episcopal Church, I had no idea that it would spread so far around the world and provoke such strong responses. I did...

February 4, 2008

Eight years ago, when George W. Bush declared that Jesus was his favorite philosopher, suppose someone had asked a follow-up question.

"Mr. Bush, Jesus invited his followers to love their enemies and to turn the other cheek. How will that guide your foreign policy, especially in the...

January 31, 2008

When Mitt Romney has to persuade evangelical voters that he is authentically Christian in order to become president of the United States, something is badly wrong with American politics.

What's wrong is the fact that many evangelical Christians -- some 30 percent of the GOP and 40...

January 24, 2008

In the Church Wellness Project, we talk about three aspects of membership development: Recruitment, Retention, Transformation

The first two can be clearly, if inelegantly, stated as bringing new members in the front door and keeping them from going out the back door.

Both need to...

January 22, 2008

The following op-ed appears in January 23 editions of the Dallas Morning News.

 

The work for Christian unity is often lumped together with causes like nuclear disarmament and the eradication of world hunger: great ideas but practically impossible. For Christians, however, the...

January 17, 2008

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose government supported embryonic stem cell research and resisted strengthening laws against abortion, joined the Roman Catholic Church just before Christmas at a private Mass celebrated by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.

Blair has not...

January 14, 2008

This past fall, the adult education class at my church offered a series on the Psalter. Several of us composed our own psalms to enhance our understanding of what Dietrich Bonhoeffer calls "the prayer book of the Bible."

After settling on the topic of creation, I thought about the...

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