Here is a post that I wrote about the Easter Vigil and soul music and the Garden of Eden over at the Covenant blog. Go over there and give it a look. It is one of my favorite things that I have written in a while.
I can say with confidence that I have washed more feet than any Episcopal priest that I know. This is not because my previous parishes enthusiastically embraced Maundy Thursday. No, I make this claim this because I was raised as a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. In that tradition, once per month … More Give me your feet and I will give you mine: Footwashing amongst the Baptists and Episcopalians
(Orthodox icon of the Church as boat) And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for … More Two Boats, One Gospel: Black History Month and the Church’s Witness
Sally Struthers was the first to introduce me to Africa. She told me that while 70 cents would garner me a coke, that same two quarters and four nickels could feed an African. My next memory of Africa comes from watching the rise and fall of that famed warrior Shaka Zulu. In the movie, his … More Blaming the Africans: Cultural Imperialism and the Meeting of the Primates
I do my best to raise my children in the Christian faith. As a good Anglican, I dutifully instructed my kids about Advent and the coming of the child who would be king. I even managed to sneak in a discussion of the Second Advent when Jesus shall come again to swallow up death forever. … More Finn and the imagination of little black boys
Anglicans love to remind less liturgically oriented Christians that early December marks the beginning of Advent, not Christmas season. Thus, the very claim of a war on Christmas is a misnomer. The true season under siege by the retailers and Christians of questionable taste is Advent. Blame it on the zeal of a … More In Praise of Christmas Music During Advent
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted –Jesus Christ One of the central tenants of the loosely organized movement labeled “black lives matter” is the idea that black lives are not as highly prized as others. It was never, at least in the Christian appropriation of the term, meant to negate the … More Mourning and the Kingdom: Paris, Beirut, Nigeria.