Bishop Thomas Ken: a Case of Theological and Political Integrity

by (@bjgingerich) March 24, 2014

The glow of Thomas Ken’s life causes us to long for ecclesiastical figures of such tremendous discernment and integrity as we enter an era no less confusing and fractious as the good bishop’s. May church leaders who interact with the government show such upright character, no matter the cost. As Bishop Ken proves, the price tag for ethical stands is rarely cheap.

Slap an Arian Day, or the Feast of St. Nicholas of Myra

by (@bjgingerich) December 6, 2013

Today we commemorate St. Nicholas of Myra, whose resume boasts enough miracles for him to be called the “Wonderworker” in some parts of Christendom. Even before he became the Coca-Cola chugging world-traveler and reindeer master, he was known for his compassion for children and his sacrificial generosity. According to one story, he saved three daughters […]

Towards a More Informed Gender Debate

by (@bjgingerich) March 25, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) With the marriage debate raging around the SCOTUS decision, orthodox Christians have not only discussed the public understanding of marriage, but also the character of humanity’s oldest institution. What is marriage? What should it look like and how should it be lived? More controversial, do the differences of men and women […]

Thomas à Becket, We Have Need of Thee

by (@bjgingerich) December 10, 2012

The initial outrage and fallout from the Church of England’s decision to reject women bishops seems to have reached its close. Newspapers on the right and the left shrieked in disdain at such a backwards institution for not toeing the feminist line. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Archbishop-to-be Justin Welby, and orthodox heavyweight N. T. […]

The 5th of November and Ahistorical Anarchists

by (@bjgingerich) November 5, 2012

The intrepid explorers of the internet wilds may be noticing some of their friends posting this little ditty today: Remember, remember The fifth of November The gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason Why the gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot. This is a rather strange poem for Americans recite—it’s much more British […]

Emergent Christians and 9/11

by (@bjgingerich) September 11, 2012

Eleven years we have mourned the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. Historians have just begun to ask, “So what does it mean?” We should notice that we can imagine many interpretations, many (inadequate) answers, and yet also remain quite passionate about the issue. This tells us that 9/11 is truly momentous—it is an instance […]

Amidst the Culture War, David Barton Merits a Court-Martial: a Dispatch from an Ex-Wallbuilder

by (@bjgingerich) September 6, 2012

Just when we thought it would end, David Barton and his organization Wallbuilders have published yet another controversial tome: The Founder’s Bible (in the NASB, just like the Founders read it!). No doubt this new study Bible will attract the same audience and exude the same spirit as the prior Patriot’s Bible. Supporter and detractor […]

Progressives Would Rain on St. Augustine’s Parade

by (@bjgingerich) August 28, 2012

“Beauty grows in you to the extent that love grows, because charity itself is the soul’s beauty.” ~ St. Augustine of Hippo I’m glad I checked my Churchman’s Ordo Kalendar this morning. It’s the feast day of St. Augustine of Hippo! One of the greatest gifts of my classical liberal arts education was the guided […]

Anglican Way Conference Reveals Desires and Trends for ACNA

by (@bjgingerich) August 6, 2012

Last week’s Anglican Way Institute (AWI) hinted at the hopes and goals of traditional Anglicans in the United States. Ecumenical outreach, evangelism, and catechism dominated several lectures and discussions in Dallas. We can expect members of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and other Anglican bodies to be dealing with these trends in the […]

Quack Christianity at the Wild Goose

by (@bjgingerich) June 27, 2012

As the evangelical left flocked together at the Wild Goose Festival, many benefited from the uproarious-yet-helpful intellectual history by Phyllis Tickle regarding Constantine, birth control, and the postmodern socio-theological predicament (that’s the best phrase I came up for it—I’m open for suggestions on a tidier dictum). Other wild goslings, on the other hand, bore witness […]