Advent 2022

You are invited to join us at St.  John’s to celebrate the joyous seasons of Advent & Christmas with us! The First Sunday in Advent is Sunday, Nov. 27th.

The Sacrifice of Gratitude

The Sacrifice of Gratitude: There is a restaurant in Los Angeles called Café Gratitude, and at this restaurant – unlike a New Jersey diner where one might be accosted by a seasoned waitress with a “whatcha want?” – the patron is greeted with a “question of the day,” something along the lines of “What are […]

The Last Judgment

The Last Judgment: Michelangelo’s fresco of the Last Judgment in the Sistine chapel was unveiled on All Souls Day 1541, and it is said that Pope Paul III and his cardinals sank to their knees in awe. In scale, complexity, and subject it is overwhelming. It is also a work of the artist as theologian, […]

Justification (Parts 1-3 essay)

Justification (Part 1 of 3): The language and imagery of the law courts pervades the Greek and Hebrew scriptures. The language of judgment, indictment, witness, verdict, condemn-nation, and justification (i.e. vindication or acquittal) appears in a literal sense, in the accounts of the trials of Jesus, Stephen, Peter, and Paul, but even more in a […]

Building the House of God (Parts 1-5)

PART 1 of 5: Scripture is replete with building projects. Entire chapters detail the building of the Tabernacle of Moses, the Temple of Solomon, the House of David, and after the return from exile, the rebuilding of the Temple and of the walls of Jerusalem, not to mention visionary versions of the same in Ezekiel. […]

Doctrine and the Episcopal Church (Parts 1 & 2)

Doctrine and the Episcopal Church (Part 2 of 2): (Revised and reprinted from August 2020) Where do we find the official teaching– the doctrine – of the Episcopal Church? That is to say, where do we find the teaching of the faith to which we are committed as a community, and which provides the basis […]