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‘When Spiritual But Not Religious is Not Enough’ by Lillian Daniel: Wendy Dackson reviews

When Spiritual But Not Religious is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church   A review of this book is really not a possibility, as it does not lend itself well to the standard of reviewing I have adhered to for the last 15 years.  But it deserves some engagement, as the […] Continue reading »

‘Unabashedly Episcopalian – Proclaiming the Good News of the Episcopal Church’, by Andrew Doyle: Wendy Dackson

    C. Andrew Doyle is the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.  In this short book, he takes the reader through the Baptismal Covenant found in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer  in use in most Episcopal congregations in the United States.  The book’s intended audience appears to be those seeking baptism (for […] Continue reading »

“Speaking Christian”: Marcus J Borg – Review by Wendy Dackson

Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power—and How They Can Be Restored For almost two years, I have been trying to reclaim my love of God and Jesus Christ, as (for reasons I will not enumerate here) it has been badly damaged by the institutional Church.  But about ten years ago, […] Continue reading »

“Where God Hides Holiness: Thoughts on Grief, Joy & the Search for Fabulous Heels”: Review -Wendy Dackson

This is the debut book by the co-authors of the blog ‘Dirty, Sexy Ministry ’—and fabulous heels really do not feature at all. If you are looking for fashion advice or insights for ministers of religion, you’re better off with Beauty Tips for Ministers , where the author attempts a combination of theological insight with […] Continue reading »

‘The Underground Church’: Wendy Dackson

  The Underground Church, by Robin Meyers. Jossey-Bass, 2012.  288 pages, $24. 95   Robin Meyers is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, a liberal American denomination.  This is one of a small number of Christian denominations in the United States that do not necessarily adhere to the letter of the historic […] Continue reading »

Introverts In The Church: Wendy Dackson

Contemporary church culture, perhaps especially (but certainly not limited to) American evangelical culture, is geared toward extroversion.  The emphasis on ‘sharing’ faith, and personal evangelism, is particularly suited to those who are naturally comfortable with self-revelation, extemporaneous speaking, and multiple simultaneous sensory inputs, and who does not question that faithfulness (to God, to the local […] Continue reading »

Reconsidering Thomas Becket: Wendy Dackson

Reconsidering Thomas Becket We have just passed the church’s annual commemoration of Archbishop Thomas Becket, murdered (and often said to be ‘martyred’) in Canterbury Cathedral on 29 December 1170. Many hold Becket as a brave and holy man who died for his principles in the course of standing up to a tyrannical monarch in the […] Continue reading »

Considering William Temple: Wendy Dackson

William Temple (1881-1944) was the 98th Archbishop of Canterbury, and his commemoration in the Church of England is 6 November.  Although his time as Primate of All England was short (two and a half years), he was Archbishop of York for 13 years, and as Bishop of Manchester for several years before that.  During his […] Continue reading »

Living in the Dust – 11 September: Wendy Dackson

  Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. (Liturgy for Ash Wednesday)  But Jesus bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger.  As they persisted with their question, he straightened up and said, ‘Let the one among you who is guiltless be the first to throw a stone […] Continue reading »

Music, Dance and the Church: Wendy Dackson

During my time as a lay-vocation seminary student at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, I became familiar with the work of the Alban Institute, and especially Arlin Routhage’s Sizing Up Your Congregation.  Routhage’s book contains a schematic for understanding local churches based primarily on the size of the congregation.  It was never entirely clear to me how […] Continue reading »

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