Robin G. Jordan presents a thorough-going critique of the new ordinal (a book that sets the rules for liturgy) recently passed by the bishops in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). Jordan believes the ordinal was passed without due process, betrays the ACNA constitution, and is too influenced by Catholic spirituality and ecclesiology. Jordan finds the problem serious enough to call for a reform of the Anglican reform movement.
Christianity Today has a feature on churches using the new pay-as-you-can feeding programs (most famously adopted by Panera Bread Company in St. Louis). Is this a better way to serve the poor?
Kristin Scharold, in First Things, has a fascinating review of Anne Roiphe’s book “Art and Madness: A Memoir of Lust Without Meaning,” in which Roiphe explores the ways she made an idol out of the written word within the mid-20th century literary scene in New York City. Roiphe bemoans the destructiveness of the entitlement mentality among some artists, who believe their responsibility is to break the rules and be avant-garde. Scharold’s and Roiphe’s reflections are very reminiscent of John Pryor’s reflections on art in his post “Without God There Is No Art.”
M.P. Mueller, in the You’re the Boss marketing blog for The New York Times, wonders if God is a marketing plan in himself (Mueller explores the habit of Christian businesses to brand Christian symbols in order to communicate something about the character of the company).