After the Resurrection, Did Our Lord Need Purification?

Of all of Jesus Christ's post-resurrection appearances, this one is, in many ways, the most intriguing: Meanwhile Mary was standing close outside the tomb, weeping. Still weeping, she leant forward into the tomb, And perceived two angels clothed in white sitting there, where the body of Jesus had been lying, one where the head and …

The Meaning of Outside the Camp: A Good Friday Reflection

If I had to pick a favourite Bible verse or passage, it would be this: The bodies of those animals whose blood is brought by the High Priest into the Sanctuary, as an offering for sin, are burnt outside the camp. And so Jesus, also, to purify the People by his own blood, suffered outside …

Happy Nowruz to the People of the "King of Kings"

Today is Nowruz, the spring equinox festival of the Iranians.  To my Iranian friends, who have meant so much, hope you've had a good festival season (it runs about two weeks back in the old country.) Last November I ran a piece about the Persian origin of the term "King of Kings,"  which most Christians …

Getting it Right on Palm Sunday

We're coming up on Holy Week.  Churches will be rolling out their Easter musicals.  Because people don't go to church on Good Friday like they used to, churches will also put the Passion narrative on Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday...what's that all about?  It is, strictly speaking, the celebration of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, beginning …

Dumping at Last the "Contract on the Episcopalians"

The ACNA has released their "Texts for Common Prayer."  It's something I've mentioned from time to time over the years.  But it's obvious; if the ANCA plans to be a real church and a real Anglican province, they need to have a real prayer book.  The danger has always been that liturgists who were clumsy, …

If the Country Doesn't Make It, Will You?

This election cycle has been a wild one, and we're not even halfway through the primary season.  Both parties are seeing broad-based revolts in their bases.  The Democrat establishment has done a better job of managing the upheaval, because they did what the Republicans did not: pick one candidate and get behind her.  Bernie Sanders …

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