The Work of Research: Inconvenient Truths

As I continue my doctoral journey it seems most natural for me to periodically offer up reflections or updates on both the process and my discoveries, personal and academic. This is currently taking the form of a pseudo-series entitled, "The Work of Research." The actual insights and learnings may be categorized as "insider baseball" for those who are liturgically inclined, but the more general principles can be universally applied and/or appreciated. I hope you enjoy the trek as much as I … [Read more...]

Uncertainty and the Work of Research

The subtitle of this post may well be: "Learning to Embrace (Academic) Uncertainty" or "The Possibility of Being Wrong." You will find very little--if anything--in this post on the nature of liturgical theology or the content of my dissertation. Instead, this is a short reflection a lesson I have learned from the work I have been attempting over the last year.I knew that I wanted to pursue a PhD in liturgical theology after reading two things: the works of Alexander Schmemann and a two-part e … [Read more...]

Sent Out in Love – Pentecost 7 Sermon

I have included both the transcript to my sermon and the audio link below. They are somewhat different. Cheers!AUDIO LINKFor the 103rd time yesterday, a group of 197 riders were sent out from Mont Saint Michel along the coast of France. Each rider bears the name of his institution along his back, representing his people (both nationally and locally) along the way. These riders, these pilgrims if you’ll allow me the metaphor, were sent out with a common goal along a common route toward a c … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Ressourcement and Renewal

This is a guest post from Dr. Eugene Schlesinger, a Rev. John P. Raynor, SJ Fellow at Marquette University from 2015-2016, and author of the forthcoming book, Missa Est! A Missional Liturgical Ecclesiology with Fortress Press. Ressourcement or Reinventing the Wheel  Perhaps the most significant event in my theological development was getting fired from the church I’d helped plant, whose culture I’d helped to shape, and to which I’d devoted three years of my life.[1] For the five years … [Read more...]

A Few Thoughts on Eucharistic Orientation

 You can easily begin a deep theological and liturgical debate across ecumenical lines with one simple question: how should the Celebrant be oriented in the Eucharist? Maybe it’s based on the fact that I am an Anglican, but this simple question has churned up many strong feelings and convictions.My main goal, here, is to provide some fodder for thinking about our Eucharistic orientation. Perhaps we (those who are the inheritors of the Reformation(s)) have gotten it wrong...For t … [Read more...]

The Need for Creed

A friend recently shared that a young woman in his parish explained that she hates the Creed. He subsequently requested that something be written about the importance of teaching the Creed(s) to young people. There are likely to be many, many articles, books, and blog posts on the topic but here’s my attempt at an answer:As part of the liturgy every Sunday, the assembled Church proclaims the words of the Nicene Creed (or Apostles' Creed if connected with the Sacrament of Baptism). I have o … [Read more...]

Holy Mysteries for the Holy People: A Maundy Thursday Sermon

It is quite fortuitous, for me, that I have been able to preach on Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday this Lent. It’s probably not so fortuitous for you that the A-Team called in the B-Team, but I’m grateful because these two services are two very important signposts in Redemption’s Journey. My word to you on Ash Wednesday was the before our cry could be “Hosanna (last Sunday),” “Crucify him (tomorrow),” or even “He is risen (this Sunday),” we must first exclaim, “Sanctify us, sanctify us.” I’ve g … [Read more...]

Lent as Catechetical School

This post is part of an ongoing series entitled, “Sunday with Schmemann.” If you have not yet read some of Fr. Alexander Schmemann’s works you can begin with my inaugural post here. My first doctoral writing assignment focuses exclusively on Schmemann’s writing corpus and liturgical theology.It has been my practice over the last four years to journey through Lent with Fr. Schmemann as my wise guide via Great Lent: Journey to Pascha. This may seem ironic to some seeing as I observe a differe … [Read more...]

An Historic Meeting in Cuba

We celebrate the recent and historic meeting between Pope Francis and Kirll, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia in Havana, Cuba (“the first in history” according to Point 1). It was in fact the first time that these two church leaders have meet since the Patriarchate of Moscow was claimed in 1448 and recognized in 1589-1593 (cf. Metropolitan Hiliarion’s convocation at SVOTS about primacy). Despite what some Facebook acquaintances have remarked—they desire to argue over dates and Moscow’s place in … [Read more...]

“Sanctify, Sanctify!” – Ash Wednesday Sermon

I was blessed with the opportunity to preach at Church of the Apostles, Kansas City on Ash Wednesday. What a privilege to proclaim God's word before my family and home parish. Thank you Ellis and Cynthia Brust for the invitation!The link to my sermon is right here.Here is a little excerpt from my written copy:At this point I would normally I would say that we cannot get to “Crucify him, crucify him!” on Good Friday without the “Hosannas” of Palm Sunday. And while that is still certain … [Read more...]