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”

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”

Blaming the Africans: Cultural Imperialism and the Meeting of the Primates

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,  hisContinue reading “Blaming the Africans: Cultural Imperialism and the Meeting of the Primates”

In Praise of Christmas Music During Advent

    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 aContinue reading “In Praise of Christmas Music During Advent”

The Eucharist and Anglican Fundamentalism

Jesus instructed his disciples to feed his sheep. We Anglicans, known for our literalism, do as we were told. Every Sunday we hand the baptized bread and wine. With the tools he left us, we preach the gospel, one at a time, to every member of God’s family: The body of Christ given for thee. The bloodContinue reading “The Eucharist and Anglican Fundamentalism”

We can’t stay here: The energy of Easter (Mark 16:1-8)

It might seem a small matter to you, but the last few months I have sat on the couch with my seven-year-old son and four-year-old daughter and read to them sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, page by page from my favorite epic: the lord of the rings. Do not worry this is not yetContinue reading “We can’t stay here: The energy of Easter (Mark 16:1-8)”

A time to Listen: A Lenten Reflection

  Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. (Romans 3:19) In Romans 3:19 Paul spoke a hard word to his Jewish brothers and sisters who relied upon theContinue reading “A time to Listen: A Lenten Reflection”

The Liturgy and the Tomb: in praise of Anglicanism and Jerusalem

One of the reasons I became an Anglican was the subtle mysticism of the liturgy. In my former days as a Baptist I knew when to expect the Holy Spirit to show up: the climax of the sermon or the third stanza of a good hymn. As the pastor worked his way towards the conclusion of aContinue reading “The Liturgy and the Tomb: in praise of Anglicanism and Jerusalem”

All holiness is local: the feast of Saint David King of Scots!

Today I found myself struggling to find something relevant to say about Saint David King of Scots. It was my duty to speak to those gathered about a saint whose life we remembered for its witness to the gospel. But what could I say to a gathering of mostly Scots about a Scottish king when 48 hoursContinue reading “All holiness is local: the feast of Saint David King of Scots!”

Incarnation and Racial Reconciliation during Christmastide: The Feast of St John the Evangelist

The second day of Christmastide has a different feel than the first. December 26th we remembered the first martyr Stephen. December 27th we remember St John the Evangelist. According to tradition, he is the only one of the twelve apostles who did not suffer martyrdom (We pass over the end of Judas in silence). GoneContinue reading “Incarnation and Racial Reconciliation during Christmastide: The Feast of St John the Evangelist”