I have been involved in a miniature discussion on Twitter with a group of admirers of Pope Benedict XVI (I'm an admirer too...sort of). Does God sometimes override human will? Is it always necessary for us to say "yes" to him before he can do anything with us? I offer the illustration of St Paul, who said nothing but "no" to God unt […]
Lately there has been a trope in this diocese of stories about "growing" congregations. For instance, we have this ENS story joining St. John's Havre de Grace to Resurrection Baltimore; meanwhile we have this upbeat Baltimore Sun piece on St. Peter's Ellicott City. So let's look at the history of these places, courtesy of Research an […]
Our conversations about the church’s pastoral prayers led to a conversation this week with my students about the sacrament of confirmation. One astute member of the class observed that his efforts to prepare adolescents for confirmation seemed rather futile. “I’m not convinced that at age fourteen they know what they are promising to do, and [Read More...] […]
Can you imagine what our congregations would be like if we kept God's words in our hearts? If we taught our children about God's great love for us as revealed in the scriptures? If we publicly proclaimed the scriptures?
Hey, friends in the Church of England: it's Crusty here in the USA. Normally, COD tries not to get involved in the internal workings of other member churches of the Anglican Communion, in part because he's spent most of his adult life listening to people who know little to nothing about how The Episcopal Church actually functions and works lectur […]
I came to the odd conclusion that my workout schedule has been messing with with my writing… I’ve been doing more weight-training before we head into the racing season, and have not been out on the road much. I realized … Continue reading →
The George and Dragon, Beacon Street, Lichfield … marking Saint George’s Day with family fun today (Photograph: Patrick Comerford) Patrick Comerford Today [23 April] is normally marked in the Church Calendar as Saint George’s Day. However, most churches probably marked today as the Second Sunday of Easter, or Low Sunday. The ‘Rules to Order the Christian Yea […]