This reality -- that clergy's whole lives are seen as witness and example -- is one of the great challenges of ministry. It can often lead to the expectation that pastors are always available to those they serve, always working. And this culture of being overworked leads to alarming rates of clergy burnout, depression, and poor physical health. Though numbers vary between denominations, studies indicate that as many as 1-in-5 pastors leave ministry within the first five years.Read more
The results of his research are startling. Of the 1.5 billion adult Muslims in the world, more than 50 million Muslims are willing to sanction violence. That's 50 million reasons to support Donald Trump's travel moratorium. Half the world's Muslim population is 'attached to an arch-conservative Islam which places little worth on the rights of women, homosexuals, and people of other faiths,' writes Koopmans.Read more
Then a third-year Masters of Divinity student at Harvard Divinity School rises from his seat and walks to the pulpit. Abhishek Raman offers a sermon that stands out in a Christian church: Instead of a Bible lesson, he reads from the Bhagavad Gita, using it as a springboard to teach about corporations, social justice, and Super Bowl ads through the lens of Hindu ethics. The service ends in a group singing of a Protestant hymn before the seminarian comes back for a final blessing.Read more
And the thought immediately flashed through my mind that if the husband was a transgendered something(s)he would be welcomed with open arms into the Ladies' Room, or the Men's Room for that matter. Or if, were we down the street at the local Target, it would have been a nonissue.Read more
Little did I know Fr. Bruce came as a matched set, with his identical twin brother, Fr. David Noble, who was staying behind in Houston. The pair were born in Australia and, naturally, they were Anglicans. One can't really talk about Fr. Bruce without also talking about Fr. David. Up until Fr. David died in 2011, the twins were inseparable. They became an oddity in Anglicanism because there are few unmarried celibate priests. Most Anglican priests are married, with children.Read more
January 30, 2017
The Honorable Joe Straus Speaker of the House
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, Texas 78768
Dear Speaker Straus:
Thank you for your stand against Senate Bill 6. As the presiding officers of the Episcopal Church, we are firmly opposed to this legislation and condemn its discriminatory intent."
It is now a form of malevolent discrimination to separate the sexes.Read more
That is a very serious charge to make. Because if it is true, it challenges the authority of an ancient office and both the direction and integrity of the Church of England.
Where does this idea of inclusion come from? We don't find it in the historic orthodox voices of the Church. It is not in the Gospels, or the Fathers of the Church. It is not found in the authentic mystic visionaries or in charismatic revivals.
So where is it from?Read more
You may remember the January, 2016 meeting of the Primates, or leading bishops of the several Churches of the Anglican Communion. The American Anglican Council has written at length about it. In fact, we were there, on site, helping resource the Primates with accurate information and facts about those Churches, including TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada, that have unrelentingly violated Biblical teaching on the limits of human sexuality.Read more
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's statement that Christians pray 'leadership will try to serve not partisan interest, but the common good' was a credit to the faith. In the midst of cultural insanity we were treated to a rare glimpse of good old fashion sane and healthy example of Christian behavior.
The challenge will be for it to continue.Read more
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