This book addresses controversial issues in contemporary church life using liturgical commentary, homiletical illustration, and theological reflection. Issues examined include: gender and sexuality, relation of lay and ordained ministries, the relation of biblical Israel and the modern state, the differences between the Hebrew Scriptures and the Old Testament, the need for careful expository preaching, and deference to tradition as well as openness to new ways. The focus here is on the Episcopal Church in America, yet the examples and pleadings have relevance to the wider Christian community.
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About the Author
Donald L. Berry is the Harry Emerson Fosdick Professor of Philosophy and Religion Emeritus at Colgate University. He is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Central New York and was the Rector of St. George's Church of Chadwicks, NY, from 1976-1990. He is the author of Mutuality: The Vision of Martin Buber, Traveler's Advisory, and Through a Glass Darkly: The Ambiguity of the Christian Tradition.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 An Anglican Miscellany—1. Why Me, Lord? 2. The Robinson Election 3. The Creation Comma 4. Lay Persons Are Not an Order of Ministers 5. The L Word 6. A Different Kind of Lord 7. Problematic Foot-Washing 8. God of Our Mothers? 9. Faith and The DaVin
Chapter 2 Selected Sermons—1. Water without Price 2. We Are Bold to Say 3. Blessed 4. Fear Not 5. They Were Astonished at His Teaching 6. Being Surprised in the Bible 7. Fishing for Women and Men 8. . . . All Generations Shall Call Me Blessed 9. I
Chapter 3 The Category Mistake of Messianic Nationalism
Chapter 4 Do Christians Read from the Hebrew Scriptures
Chapter 5 Afterwords