Monthly Archives: March 2023

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Post-Blizzard

I A haggard rabbit sits in the shadows of the eaves of the house, looking out at the snowbound yard with its marble eye and wondering what we’re all wondering: how am I supposed to get through this? Up the street someone has revved a snow blower and begun chugging down the sidewalk in the…

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Anglican Pastoral Theology and Contraceptives

INTRODUCTION In 1930, the Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops issued a controversial resolution on the role of artificial contraceptives within the confines of marital sex. For the first time, a mainstream Christian tradition made allowance for a limited use of contraceptives, what they described as the “moral obligations” and constraints of the married couple as…

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There Is No Traditionalist Liturgical Revival Happening—Yet

There is a very popular narrative you will hear among young Christians—that the millennial and zoomer generations have embarked on an effort to return the Christian Church to its former glory, overthrow the stagnant failures of contemporary Protestantism and vernacular Catholicism, and reaffirm the older ways of Traditional Christianity. They claim that there is a…

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In Peril of Idolatry

I think chasubles should be burned, miters should be thrown away, thuribles should be melted down, and icons should be removed. Bishops should rebuke priests who elevate the host per Article XXVIII. If you insist on fixing the Holy Table to the wall, you should offer from the north end. Bells are prohibited. Scarfs instead…

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The End of Lent is Love

Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” —Psalm 73:25–26 Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant…

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Wring the Changes

I have known the breathless feeling of a sponge that has been wrung thoroughly and roughly above my life’s chipped sink, squeezed to the point of tearing by the chapped hands of God until my shape was nothing. Until I could not think. I have known the way one squishes at the crushing of one’s…

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Book Review: “The King of Easter”

The King of Easter: Jesus Searches for All God’s Children. By Todd R. Hains. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2023. 56 pp. $17.99 (cloth). My children look forward to different holidays as they approach on the calendar. How long until Christmas? When will it be Halloween again? As we march through the seasons of the Church…

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