Appropriate Ecclesiastical Distancing

I am currently reading quite a lot about ecumenism. It is a strange contrast to everyday life full of social distancing and cancelling any events involving groups of more than a dozen. Back at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries, Sergii Bulgakov, Orthodox Presbyter in Russia, argued strenuously for inter-communion between Orthodox and Anglican young …

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Crossing the Exclusion Zone

If you haven’t read the previous reflection on Josh.2:4, Follow God, but not too Close, go back and read it now, because I’m not going to turn that soil again. But as I was writing it, I realized that some people are going to find a “gotcha” in my description of an “exclusion zone of …

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Probably Most of Us Should Stay Away from the Desert

I love the desert and I love desert spirituality: the hope of meeting an indifferent desert-dwelling God, the beauty of grotesqueness, and all the other contradictions the desert offers. Having grown up in what many folk of more pleasant climes would call a desert, I also have a natural affinity that only comes from having …

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