Archive for March, 2011

Christ for Smart People

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The Pope’s new book, Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week is a masterful combination of scholarship and spiritual literature. He absorbs the historical and scientific evidence and incorporates it into what he acknowledges is a faithful and faith-filled vision. And Benedict does this without watering down the intellectual challenges or fudging them or avoiding them. It’s very hard to pick holes in his arguments, and yet the writing is so clear and accessible that no one could claim that the arguments were incomprehensible.

Provocative Lenten reading for believers and skeptics alike. —J. Douglas Ousley




Expensive Irrelevance?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

While the Middle East erupts, and other conflicts simmer, and nuclear waste leaks, and Christians are persecuted, the Episcopal Church convened a meeting of over 200 General Convention delegates to discuss: same sex commitment liturgies. The expense must have been vast–and dubious, given the foregone nature of the conclusion. Surely there will be such liturgies passed, and by that time, there will be an additional demand that same sex relationships be treated the same as straight marriages. The result will be that virtually the same liturgies will be used for both sorts of commitments and same sex liturgies will be abandoned.

Meanwhile, the real world has moved on to other worries. —J. Douglas Ousley


The Word not Made Flesh

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Here–in its entirety and without comment from me–is the opening statement for a press conference by a very highly placed Episcopal Church leader:

“It’s been, so far, we’re not quite finished yet, but a three-meeting here in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. A majority, or large part, not majority, but a large part of our time has been spent on learning about the diocese and experiencing the life in this diocese has been very positive in life giving ways. All of our committees have met. We have been hearing reports today from them and have passed some resolutions. In my opening remarks, I mentioned that — I think the term I used is “it’s in the water” — there’s some discussions going on around the church about structure and governance and how our structure and governance can enable our mission more effectively. And to that end our governance and administration for missions joint standing committee has come up with a very good resolution that charges the standing committee on structure to bring together a group to talk about that. That’s kind of my summary.”