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Reuse Liturgy?

Reuse Liturgy?

I was recently pointed to a helpful article by The Revd Philip Welsh, a retired priest in the diocese of London. The Church of England has moved from a single worship book (Book of Common Prayer; Alternative Service Book) to a shelf of books with, within each, a raft of options, templates, and patterns. The… Continue Reading

Could Jesus Speak English?

Could Jesus Speak English?

What do you call someone who speaks three languages? Trilingual. What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual. What do you call someone who speaks one language?… A Kiwi (or American, or English…) There’s been some discussion recently about how many and which languages Jesus spoke. [For example, here]. These discussions came as… Continue Reading

Resources for Ordinary Week 14

Resources for Ordinary Week 14

Let us pray (in silence) [that we may rejoice in sharing in Christ’s resurrection] pause O God, in Christ’s humiliation, you stooped down, and raised up the fallen world in the resurrection, grant to your faithful people a holy joy, so that those whom you have freed may delight in you eternally; through Jesus Christ… Continue Reading

Recognising New Forms of Christianity

Recognising New Forms of Christianity

I am a Cistercian Associate – that’s akin to a Benedictine Oblate or Franciscan or Carmelite Tertiaries. These are ways of living out the Cistercian, or Benedictine, or Franciscan, or Carmelite charisms – and beyond monastery and convent walls. I recently read Sister Teresa Jackson’s insight that oblates express new forms of Benedictine life: At… Continue Reading

There Is No Theme

There Is No Theme

Once again, I have had conversations with clergy trying to find a theme in the readings and psalm of the Three-Year Sunday Lectionary. So, in the manner of Throwback Thursday and in some ways continuing from a couple of days ago, I say again: There is no theme. I regularly find this misunderstanding. There is… Continue Reading

The Word “Church”

The Word “Church”

The English word ‘church’ comes from the Greek word κυριακός (kuriakos) meaning “of the Lord”. κυριακός is used only twice in the New Testament – neither of them in the way we would use ‘church’, and in neither case would we translate it as ‘church’. In 1 Corinthians 11:20 there is mention of a Supper… Continue Reading

Revising the Lectionary?

Revising the Lectionary?

It’s a hardy annual: someone has a theory how they could improve the 3-year Sunday lectionary. The latest off-site conversation I have had about this was arguing for a fourth year focusing on John’s Gospel. Currently, we have a three-year cycle: one year for each Synoptic Gospel (Mt; Mk; Lk). In the Seasons of Advent/Christmas… Continue Reading




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