Monthly Archives: September 2011

Models of the Church, part 1

We’re reading Avery Dulles’ Models of the Church in class over the next few weeks, and I notice that the first four models he considers are contrasting pairs: institutional vs communion, and sacrament vs herald. I’ll be interested to see … Continue reading

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Honest Dialogue

I visited a Lutheran church for worship this morning, and so I heard the RCL readings. The Roman Catholic lectionary, while close to the RCL this week, omits this section of Matthew 21: When he entered the temple, the chief … Continue reading

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Allentown, Saturday

My goodness, what a long day and what a lot to take in and think about. Rather than a detailed report, here are a few images, phrases, or ideas that struck me while listening to each talk: Denominational, doctrinal, or … Continue reading

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Allentown, Friday evening

I’m here at the 2011 conference of the North American Academy of Ecumenists in Allentown, PA. The opening session was held at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, a thoroughly lovely church built in the 1930s. The church is built of … Continue reading

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Disagreeing with Barth

We cannot hear Christ otherwise than according to the particular leading and responsibility of the churches, each of us, that is, giving ear to the church to which we owe allegiance as members, within which we were baptized and brought … Continue reading

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New covenant, old covenant

Last week in class, we spent some time discussing the relationship between the new covenant in Christ, and the old covenant. Our professor formulated this helpful concise question: Do you think that the new covenant extends, adds to, or replaces … Continue reading

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Consent, Obedience, and Philadelphia

Charles Chaput was installed last week as Archbishop of Philadelphia, and Rocco Palmo has posted his installation homily. Philadelphia, as you may recall, has been the US diocese most recently and intensely convulsed by the sex abuse scandal. My first … Continue reading

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Rejecting the Glamor of Evil

We were blessed this weekend by a first reading from a portion of Sirach (Sir 27:30-28:7) that begins this way: Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight. The vengeful will suffer the LORD’s vengeance, for … Continue reading

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Which church?

I’m taking an ecclesiology class this semester, and classes started last night. Early in the discussion, there was a distinction made between the “congregation”, meaning the folks who gather to worship together in a particular place on Sunday, and the … Continue reading

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Virtual Choir – ‘Lux Aurumque’

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir – ‘Lux Aurumque’ – YouTube. I’m not big on videos, but this one is something special. If you’ve ever sung in a choir or chorus, I think you’ll appreciate this. It suggests something interesting about the … Continue reading

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