Therefore do not let anyone condemn you in matters of food and drink
or of observing festivals, new moons, or sabbaths. These are only a
shadow of what is to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. Do
not let anyone disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and
The Bible is not a magical instrument, but it has the ability to put the reader or reading community “in touch with the living God who can give you spiritual life just as he has given you natural life,” writes the English evangelist Michael Green. “The written word can put you in touch with Jesus the living word (or self-disclosure) of God.”
My attention has been drawn to your letter of April 30th ostensibly written to me but published on the Episcopal News Service website. In light of the concerns that you raise it might be helpful to be reminded of the actions and decisions that have led to our current predicament.
Barbara Kingsolver isn’t one to give advice, she says. She’s more the sort to listen to a problem for a while and reply with, “Well, I don’t know, what do you think you should do?” On Tuesday night, she greeted a crowd of hundreds who had come to Washington National Cathedral to hear her discuss her family’s new book, Animal, Vegetable,