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What is irreducible in the Gospel? How do we give freedom to the hearers to synthesize?

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Yesterday, as three groups of the House of Bishops went to visit churches, museums and cultural centers around Taiwan, I found myself thinking about the challenges of proclaiming the eternal Gospel to people whose thinking is organized in radically different ways than that of the West. It’s not a new problem. The early missionaries of the Church struggled with explaining the Hebrew roots of Christianity to people of the Hellenistic culture. Missionaries who traveled East […]

These things did not happen in a corner

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Today we had a chance to drive up to the top of the Mount of Olives and to look across the Necropolis of Jerusalem to the where the Dome of the Rock stands – where the Temple stood in Jesus’ time. I knew intellectually that there view from the Mount of Olives, across the Kidron valley to the Temple was important to helping unlock additional meaning in what is called the “mini apocalypse” in Mark’s […]

The paradox of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

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Some of you know that I’m in Jerusalem at the moment on a tour of Israel. Today we had a chance to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as part of our itinerary. It is my first time in Israel and I am both overwhelmed and underwhelmed by what I am seeing. Underwhelmed because the reality of the holiest sites of Christianity is not at all what I had imagined them to be and […]

Science and Religion. The road show

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Great evening speaking to a group of people at Glencoe Union Church last night. The pastor is very active in issues surrounding the interactions between Science and Religion (and in particular with the Templeton Fund). He invited me to give my talk on best practices in conversations between scientific and religious thought. I’m taken by an off-hand comment he made in introducing me. It was that I was the first speaker they had in the […]

2013 Bishop’s address to the Diocese of Rhode Island

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In most dioceses in the Episcopal Church, there’s an expectation that the bishop will speak to the Annual Convention to both recap the previous year’s events and to point people toward what is expected in the coming year. Rhode Island has a long tradition of such addresses. Last year I read a longish piece that I wrote. I wasn’t completely satisfied with how it went, though I was gratified by the response. This year I […]

Epiphany 4C 2013 – Love in the church

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Paul's letters to the Church of Corinth show that controversy within the life of a congregation is nothing new. Last week we heard the first part of Paul's diagnosis of the problems in Corinth. This week we hear what he prescribes in treatment. Neither have anything to do with weddings… (Sermon preached at Holy Spirit in Charlestown RI) MP3 File

The Epiphany – breaking the barriers between sacred and secular

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As I’m starting to make my way around the Diocese of Rhode Island on my visitations, I’m delighted to find that a number of our churches are already set up to record and share the weekly sermons posted from their pulpits. This past week I was at the Church of the Epiphany in Rumford (East Providence) and I discovered that they regularly video and then post the sermons. So here’s a video of me preaching […]

We may not know what to say, but we know what we must do.

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Watch the Helpers In a tragic moment like this, people often turn to the Church to help them make sense of what has happened. But, truth be told, we don’t have an answer for them. We don’t know what to think either. But while we may not know what to think, we do know what to do. A sermon preached at Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona the Sunday following the shooting of 71 people in […]

The backstory and meta-narrative

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If you think of it, the Potter stories keep telling the same story over and over. Orphan child meets wise mentor and struggles against focus of evil. Each book has the same landmarks: start of term, halloween, Quidditch matches, Christmas, climactic battle at end of term. She's retelling the same story but adding more nuance and information each time. That's pretty much how the biblical narrative, taken as a whole, functions too isn't it?