Clowns and Other Ecclesiastical Things

This article is part 1 of 12 in the series Ugly Church Stuff.

I’ve heard of “clown ministry” before but the so-called “Clown Eucharist” takes the cake. No, I have no problem with clowns doing shows for children, giving out candy, and sharing Bible stories. Yes, I have a serious problem with clowns and mimes making a mockery of the sacrament of Christ’s…

Episcopal clowns

This article is part 2 of 12 in the series Ugly Church Stuff.

In an effort to grow the Episcopal Church (ECUSA), the Diocese of Southwest Florida recently held an event called “Beyond Telepathy.” Here’s the archdeacon at the non-telepathetic conference:             Don’t worry about the archdeacon being reprimanded for clowning around in church. You haven’t seen what…

How many reprobates does it take to screw in a light bulb?

This article is part 3 of 12 in the series Ugly Church Stuff.

My subscription to Charisma magazine lapsed some time back. I wish it weren’t so. If for no other reason, Charisma makes for good reading because of the level-headed, critical look at the charismatic world that editor J. Lee Grady provides in his monthly editorial columns. And if that’s not enough…

Shocking!

This article is part 5 of 12 in the series Ugly Church Stuff.

An old post at Titusonenine shares the following: The vestry of Prince Frederick’s Parish fired its rector in 1756 because the Rev. Michael Smith, who apparently already was married, claimed he had the power to marry himself to another woman without the intervention of a third party. The last straw…