Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

From the Rector - October Eagle (St. John's Newsletter)

Fall is my favorite time of the year. The cool, crisp nights, moderate daytime temps, leaves changing colors and falling in order to be piled and jumped into with joyful abandon.
It is also a great time of the Church year. The routine has been revived, more and more people return to regular church attendance, and exciting events such as our Homecoming are a precursor of the bigger events to come in the months following: All Saints, All Souls, Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas.
My exuberance for this time of the year is dampened this year by all the media coverage of our recent House of Bishops meeting in New Orleans. The Bishops of the Episcopal Church seem to have failed to adequately respond to the demands of the Primates of our Anglican Communion, who are seeking to bring our Episcopal Church back to biblical obedience. Although many bishops have proclaimed that they have accomplished the requests of the primates, they fall short.
As usual, it will take months and years to sort out the effects of their decision. Then we have the international meeting of the bishops of the Anglican Communion (called the Lambeth Conference) in 2008 and our next General Convention in 2009, with an assortment of other Primates and House of Bishops meetings in between to continue to agree, disagree, accuse and counter-accuse each other.
As I have said before, it took 300 years for the Church to sort out and settle the Christology controversies by the Council of Nicea in the 4th Century. The biblically and historically sound theology of the Church was proven true and novelty and falsehood cast out. It might take nearly that long for Truth to conquer once again.
Patience is NOT one of my stronger virtues. But I do know I must pay more attention to the ministry God has given us right here, right now—bringing souls to Jesus. The devil wins if we become paralyzed by the international sword rattling to which we have no direct impact. PRAY!