Posts Tagged With: #acts8

Why The Episcopal Church?

I drove to and from my vestry meeting last night listening to episodes of The Collect Call.  If you don’t listen to Brendan and Holli, I heartily recommend this.  I enjoy it because they are church-y but they are also just plain delightful and entertaining.  Holli and Brendan offer The Collect Call as part of The Acts 8 Moment, a group working to proclaim resurrection in The Episcopal Church.

In the last few weeks you may have seen some of the posts responding to a trio of Acts 8 BLOGFORCE questions: Why the Church?, Why Anglicanism?, Why The Episcopal Church?

I haven’t said anything.  In part because of a busy schedule; in part because I feel like I’ve already commented on these ideas.

There is wisdom in the Church and in this Anglican Tradition.

I stayed in The Episcopal Church (now the Anglican Communion) because this is where I best see Jesus.

It’s been interesting to read people’s thoughts on why The Episcopal Church. In good Anglican fashion, I’ve agreed with some opinions more than others. It is always good to know that we share the cause of love, if not the details.  But then I was listening to Brendan, in the Proper 19 episode.  He made a comment about love being about more than the sum of the reasons we could list.

We can, and have, and will continue to make lists, to have reasons why we participate in and love this Episcopal Church of ours.  We’ll talk about polity and liturgy.

But there’s something more.  Our love for the Church is greater than the sum of our lists, even all our lists.  Our love for the Church has to do with seeing Jesus here, being transformed, and then trying to reason out what and how and why.

We have Church words for this: sacrament and miracle.  The Episcopal Church is a means by which we receive God’s Grace (sacrament) and something that only God can do (miracle). But those words only make sense, and often little enough even then, inside of the Church.

But perhaps we can say that The Episcopal Church is more than the sum of her parts and we’re in love.

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A Church where the Preaching is Damn Good Every Time

A few weeks ago I was at the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. I had a great time. This is not the wrap-up post. Lots of other people have done that and done it well.

One of the many things I did while I was at GC was spend time with the loose coalition of people in TEC who know that Church in the 21st century is going to be different. We have taken up the identity of #Acts8. There is a website, the twitter hashtag, and a few times at GC we began to meet face to face. Because we started here on the interwebs, there is a YouTube video: I dream of a Church.

If you watched the video (and you should) at 3:10 you saw my friend, seminary classmate, and the genius behind “Father Matthew Presents”, the Reverend Matthew Moretz say, “I dream of a Church where the preaching is damn good every time.” While I, and others, loved the things people said that night, a group of us gathered to celebrate this idea. We were enamored of its concreteness. #wherethepreachingneversucks even reappeared as a hashtag.

Emboldened by Acts8, Father Matthew, and the idea of preaching that never sucks, I’m starting something new here. Every week my sermons are recorded and podcasted (points to sidebar). Starting this week (tomorrow!), I will offer a brief review of my sermon here. Good, bad, and otherwise.

Because, as another friend, @davidsibley, says, “I dream of a Church willing to take risks knowing that what God does not bless God will redeem.”

I believe I am a good preacher. I know I have bad weeks. I believe that even my good weeks can be better. So I invite all of you to offer comments, questions, feedback, anything that is constructive.

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