Saved — But from what, by whom, how?

In his book, Divine Teaching, Mark MacInosh outlines the analogies or metaphors that the church has used to try to explain what happens from Good Friday through Easter Sunday.The medical metaphor for salvation emphasizes healing -- deep healing that touches the whole of our existence.  The saving work of Jesus restores harmony to our lives, beginning with our relationship with God.  It touches us deep within and it touches our relationships with others.The legalmetaphor takes its point o … [Read more...]

Remembering King

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Image source: Wikimedia Commons Years ago…I visited the Martin Luther King Center and purchased a children’s biography of King for my six year-old daughter.  This led to a collection of King biographies that over the years [grew] in sophistication.  When she was nine, she played on a frequent basis with a large number of other children in the cathedral close in Jerusalem.  Among her friends was Jamie, a younger Canadian boy, and Alex, an American who had a reputation for being something of a bul … [Read more...]

We need a Francis

As I follow the news about the ministry of Pope Francis, I’m often struck by the way in which people project their personal expectations on his ministry.  People seem to expect him to function like a progressive Protestant or hope that he will.That, it seems to me, is unrealistic.  His training and orientation to the world is decidedly Catholic, which should be no surprise, and he was made a cardinal by Pope John Paul II.  His position in the Catholic Church also requires far more of him than … [Read more...]

No Cause for Celebration: Question Three, “Can I avoid using stained-glass language?”

Introduction to the seriesMy brother, Dave, battled a fatal brain cancer for nearly eight years and he died in January of 2013 as the result of a fall that was due in large part to his illness.  In reaction to Dave’s quest to find a durable faith and supportive friends, I wrote a book calledThe Dave Test. The book distills Dave’s quest into ten questions that any of us can ask ourselves, when we are in one of life’s hard places or when we are trying to support those we love.  Whether that har … [Read more...]

No Cause for Celebration Taking The Dave Test during the holidays Question Two

“Can I give up my broken gods?” Introduction to the seriesMy brother, Dave, battled a fatal brain cancer for nearly eight years and he died in January of 2013 as the result of a fall that was due in large part to his illness.  In reaction to Dave’s quest to find a durable faith and supportive friends, I wrote a book calledThe Dave Test. The book distills Dave’s quest into ten questions that any of us can ask ourselves, when we are in one of life’s hard places or when we are tryin … [Read more...]

“Done” with the wrong kind of Church

Mark Sandlin recently wrote a telling article on the rise of the “Dones,” people who have been active in the church and their departure.  The article hit a deep nerve and a number of people declared themselves among this new, disaffected tribe.  Sandlin lays the blame at the church’s doorstep, noting that the church has “killed spiritual community.”On one level, I agree, but reading the church’s failure against the backdrop of over two thousand years of history I could have hoped for a bit mo … [Read more...]

What is a seminary faculty?

As we discuss curriculum revision at my own seminary, I’ve found myself thinking anew about what it means to be part of a seminary faculty.  Watching events embroil other seminary faculties in troubling conflict, that question has gained considerable urgency.The question may seem abstract, but an answer might go some way toward answering the questions about the mission of today’s seminaries. The answer also has the potential for answering questions about the relationship between seminary boar … [Read more...]

General Theological Seminary and Progressive Christianity

The crisis at General Theological Seminary probably hasn’t been felt very far beyond the walls of The Episcopal Church. That’s not surprising. General is hardly a large seminary and, like most of our denomination’s seminaries, its faculty and student body is comparatively homogeneous, denominationally speaking. But the crisis has certainly rocked our little corner of the church-world. In part, because the dispute between General’s faculty and its President-Dean became the instant subject of conve … [Read more...]


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