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  • Thoughts on "open table" Communion in the Episcopal Church
    "For seekers hoping to strengthen their relationship with God and feel God's presence in their lives, inviting them (one and all) to participate in the Banquet of the Kingdom through experiencing God's presence in Holy Communion is, in my view, a natural expression of Jesus' message and invitation to the Kingdom."
  • What are the boundaries of orthodoxy?
    How wide or narrow is the scope of what is considered to be the "Doctrine" held by the Church? When does a difference of interpretation of the Creeds become heresy and who gets to decide? And why do they get to be the ones to decide?
  • "I'm from country music, Scrabble tournaments, and mildly neurotic over-achievers…"
    "This weekend I attended a formation retreat where we were given the assignment to construct a "Where I'm From" poem using this template. I'm not much one for poetry, so this was a challenge. Nonetheless, I did my best. Enjoy."
  • Language and our perception of reality: reflections on the Whorf-Sapir hypothesis
    I recently finished The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains by Joseph LeDoux. This is another in the latest genre of "meta-history" books that integrate a variety of scientific fields and perspectives into a meta-explanation of something. In this case, LeDoux traces the story of biological evolution while … Read more
  • Discernment of one's calling
    "As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work." (Colossians 1:10 MSG) I recently finished my first semester at Bexley-Seabury Seminary, taking a hefty course load of one single class: the "introduction to Church history" course. This is the course that gives a broad overview of the course of … Read more