Posted on: November 17th, 2008 +Bp. Tom Theologizing Politically

Ahhh … just when I was starting to get really depressed about the state of global Anglicanism, I stumble across Bishop Tom (with whom I will be in one week in Toronto!), reminding me why I am doing so much of what(ever it is that) I am doing.

Watch this video and see a godly bishop engaging a post Christian world in the very same way he addresses the church. See him connect the crises within Anglicanism to the crises of our global village (no doubt thinking of Rom 8:18-27 all the while). Listen as he applies Christian political thought (tertium quid thinking; eschatology; two-cities; service to enemy; seeking the common good; ecclesiology) to the “secular” world.

There are so many theologians out there who encourage me on a regular basis, but I don’t think that any of them are up the unique challenges which this man is uniquely gifted to address.

This is all the more important in light of the ontological nature and purpose of the bishop (as the Windsor Report points out) to represent the local to the universal, and the universal to the local.

I blogged about the “Sharia row” here.

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