Reading Psalm 137 in church

The editors who assembled the Psalter were astute, and one way this can be seen is in the juxtapositions and trajectories implicit in the placement of the imprecatory psalms. Consider, for example, Psalm 137, which is appointed to be said on the evening of the 28th day. Here, perched between Psalm 119 and the lyrical psalms of ascent, on the one hand; and on the other, the hymns of praise that end the book, such as Psalm 148, is a psalm with one of the most blood-curdling lines in all of holy writ: Psalm 137’s final verse.

(A)rian (I)ntelligence

In a recent open letter, The Future of Life Institute, notes: “AI labs [are] locked in an out-of-control race to develop and deploy ever more powerful digital minds that no one – not even their creators – can understand, predict, or reliably control.” After noting that “contemporary AI systems are …

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Easter — now what?

Easter is the culmination, not just of Holy Week, but really of all the seasons since Advent. Now Easter has finally arrived. But what’s next?

RSVP to Noah

It is thus that our science, our philosophy, and our theology compel us to decline our invitation to come into the ark.

Divine Love, Tender Love

In the historic Western eucharistic lectionary, the epistles and gospels of the first half of Lent emphasize our struggle against the world, the flesh, and the devil, but there is a turn in the Fourth Sunday in Lent. From here on, we are pointing toward the cross.

McIlvaine on revivals

The episcopal and pastoral wisdom of Bishop Charles McIlvaine can help us consider how we should respond to present awakenings that seem to be occuring around the world.

Lent begins—with a threat

The Book of Common Prayer traditionally began Lent with a service called “A Commination” (which means “a threatening”). You can read the service here. You might find it a bit harsh. Many others have found it too difficult and the service has been excised from modern editions of the prayer-book. The …

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Beginning Lent differently

The season of Lent is almost here, and it begins with Ash Wednesday. This brief look back at the classic Anglican liturgy for Ash Wednesday provides suggestions for how its theology can inform Ash Wednesday services today.

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