November 7, 2016

In which I take a letter that really ticked me off to expose the outrage of it, but more, to give glory to the GOD who truly restores the ineligible. To: Terence R. McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia Commonweath of Virginia Dear Governor McAuliffe: A couple of weeks ago, my husband, Francis John McDonnell, received a letter from your office. The letter, sent from Kelly Thomasson, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, informed Fra that you, the Governor, had “restored [his] civil… Read more

November 2, 2016

  I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 8: 11 Today is the last day of the three day observance that includes All Saints’ Eve (Hallow’een), All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day. For the work that I do in my day time job (hah!) at the IRD, this commemoration helps to lighten the burden… Read more

November 1, 2016

All Saints’ Day is not just the name of a great song by Van Morrison. It is a celebration of, as the hymn says, “all the saints who from their labors rest.” Elsewhere, the meaning of “All Saints” is made even more clear: Some saints are known, some are unknown. But all are precious to God. Or as we pray from the Book of Common Prayer: For all who have died in the communion of your Church, and those whose faith… Read more

October 31, 2016

This past Saturday, October 29, was the 131st anniversary of the martyrdom of James Hannington, 38, Anglican missionary bishop to East Equatorial Africa. Bishop Hannington was a great and godly man whose life and death make me proud to be an Anglican. His legacy, and that of others — such as the Ugandan Christians executed shortly thereafter by Mwanga, the Kabaka (king) of Buganda — is in the fires of revival that transformed East Africa. I first learned Hannington’s story when I… Read more

October 26, 2016

It’s the same old story. Christians with enormous influence for the kingdom start to revise traditional Christian teaching in hopes of a broader appeal. Read more

September 21, 2016

Nadia Bolz-Weber is simultaneously fascinating and puzzling to Christians of various stripes. Read more

September 11, 2016

Never forget. We seem to be divided between those who say, “never forget,” and those who say, “well, it’s really time to move on,” — maybe not to forget, but not to remember, either.  I’m sure there will be posts on the various channels of Patheos today advising that it is time to put 9/11 behind us. Some, including President Obama, have attempted to transform the anniversary of the horrific terrorist attack into a “day of service.” Others have worried that focusing on the murder… Read more

September 7, 2016

Not just the candidate choices, but the conflict they’ve created among my Evangelical friends and colleagues is taking its toll Read more

August 16, 2016

America’s girls are growing up fast. It’s the cost that’s the problem. Read more

August 4, 2016

From the pulpit to the blogosphere, we’re hearing more and more conversations about how porn harms people. Read more

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