Come Let us Read Together: A (hopefully warm) Invitation to Think the Best of Each Other in the Women's Ordination Discussion

“Roots at St Ebbes Church, Oxford” by readephotography is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 We live in a church that is attempting to discern the kinds of disagreement that are tolerable and those that are not.  Paul allowed Christians to agree to disagree about things such as food sacrificed to idols or which days one consideredContinue reading “Come Let us Read Together: A (hopefully warm) Invitation to Think the Best of Each Other in the Women's Ordination Discussion”

Black and Anglican: A Maundy Thursday Conversion Story

The question that follows me as I move through the world as an African American Anglican priest, who identifies deeply with Black culture, is how did such an anomaly occur?  How did I move from the Black Baptist tradition of my childhood to a form of ancient Christianity as mediated initially through the Church ofContinue reading “Black and Anglican: A Maundy Thursday Conversion Story”

Church Fights and The Hope of Worship at GAFCON 2018

   This grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to theContinue reading “Church Fights and The Hope of Worship at GAFCON 2018”

Esau McCaulley Sr., A Son’s Eulogy for His Father

I came home from a conference and my son met me at the door. He was upset because the kids at his school had laughed at him. I asked him what happened. He said that the teacher caught him scribbling on a sheet of paper and asked him what he was doing. He told herContinue reading “Esau McCaulley Sr., A Son’s Eulogy for His Father”

Does the Bible Support or Dismantle Racism?

    ****Editor’s note: I gave this 30 minute talk in Buffalo, NY. at the Nickel City Forum.  It is not meant to be the last word on the topic. Time precluded a more extensive discussion of all the issues surrounding race and the bible. Since we find ourselves in upstate New York, some seventyContinue reading “Does the Bible Support or Dismantle Racism?”

Tell the Truth: Integrity and the Anglican Communion

  A few years ago, there was a movie entitled concussion starring Will Smith. Very few people saw it mostly because the underlining plot was clear to all who had been paying attention. The film was about the impact of the NFL and football in general on the brain. The movie argued that the NFLContinue reading “Tell the Truth: Integrity and the Anglican Communion”

The Church as Witness and Protest: A Call to a Faithful Response to Charlottesville

(Editor’s note: This was a sermon based on Romans 12:1–9.) Alabama In middle school during black history month we would watch these videos called Eyes On the Prize and  make posters lauding black achievement.  There were posters about George Washington Carver and his varied uses of the peanut.  Alongside Carver, one might find Harriet TubmanContinue reading “The Church as Witness and Protest: A Call to a Faithful Response to Charlottesville”

Sit Down, Be Humble: On Speaking about “The Church”

  When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” (John 21:15) There is a cottage industry that exists online and in print that offersContinue reading “Sit Down, Be Humble: On Speaking about “The Church””

Mixed-Race Kids, the Church, and the Blessing of Manasseh and Ephraim

  Genesis has long been at the center of Jewish and Christian reflection on what it means to be the people of God.  In the Christian tradition, much has been written about God’s declaration that he made man and woman in his image such that all people deserve to be treated with the dignity.  TheContinue reading “Mixed-Race Kids, the Church, and the Blessing of Manasseh and Ephraim”

Black Christians and Frodo’s Wound

‘But,’ said Sam, and tears started in his eyes, ‘I thought you were going to enjoy the Shire, too, for years and years, after all you have done.’ ‘So I thought too, once. But I have been too deeply hurt, Sam. I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not forContinue reading “Black Christians and Frodo’s Wound”