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April
2004
A visual narrative
ARE YOU AS impressed as I by the quality of comments in the media on Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ? The depth and range of informed commentary from journalists and scholars alike is heartening.
That's not entertainment
MEL GIBSON'S The Passion of the Christ is a brutal movie. It is also brilliant, a box-office blockbuster and the center of as much controversy as any broadly attended film in recent history. That makes it hard to step back and simply view it as a film. As one 25-year-old viewer said: "It wasn't made to be an entertainment, and it isn't."
Film biblically unsound and potentially harmful
I WOULD NOT recommend this film to a devout Christian, skeptical Jew or avid Hollywood buff.  As a lifelong Christian and lover of Jesus, I found the film dull, trashy and historically and biblically unsound.
Viewers weigh lessons and messages of Gibson’s Passion
FUELLED INITIALLY BY the sales of tickets to Roman Catholic and evangelical groups, The Passion of the Christ is now attracting a much broader audience. "It's [now] a large cross-section of America," said Rob Swartz of Newmarket Films, distributor of the film, in mid-March. "It's not just church groups going at this point." The motion picture is now expected to continue in many theaters until Easter, April 11.
Letters to the Editor
Episcopal Life welcomes letters and will give preference to those in response to stories. Letters should be no longer than 250 words and must include the writer’s name, address, phone number for verification.
Rise of The Market
FOR THE PAST 16 years, Dan Matthews, as rector of Trinity Church, Wall Street, has enjoyed a view of American capitalism few Episcopal priests can claim. He sees in it reason to be both proud and wary.
Taking care of business
ARTHUR ANDERSEN. ENRON. Halliburton. Kmart. Tyco. WorldCom. Xerox.
Once-respected household names synonymous with business acumen and success, in recent years these companies have grabbed headlines for darker reasons: accusations of deceptive and illegal business practices, insider trading … and just plain greed.
Following Christ’s model
BENNETT SIMS, BISHOP emeritus of the Diocese of Atlanta, wasn't looking to solve any ethical crisis in business when he founded the Institute for Servant Leadership. He was seeking an alternative to the top-down, authoritarian style of leadership that he saw governing the workplace, civic institutions and the church.
Business values and the church
WHEN MEASURING THE intersection of religion and the corporate workplace, many people want the church to confront the ethical scandals and financial malfeasance. They expect the church to provide instruction. But according to two Episcopal priests, the church itself has a lot to learn … from business.
Rebuilding with new tradition
IT WAS A CLEAR and sunny spring morning in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. No one noticed the yellow Ryder rental truck as it drove up to the Alfred P. Murray Federal Building. The horrendous blast that took the lives of 168 men, women and children permanently altered the face of the city and sent shock waves around the nation and the world.
Rabbi in residence
FOUR YEARS AGO, the Rev. James Purdy told Rabbi Joseph Rosenbloom, "If you ever retire, I want you on my staff." He wasn't kidding.
Stresses of uncertainty
A CLIMATE OF anxiety and fear hangs persistently over U.S. troops in Iraq because of plentiful weapons and easy access to them throughout the country, said Suffragan Bishop George Packard after his return from a five-day visit. During the trip, he presided at services, gave support to a half-dozen overworked chaplains and led a mini-conference aimed at refreshing the exhausted clergy.
Millions of dollars needed
LEADERS OF LIBERIA'S provisional government face a formidable task in reconstructing their country following the latest in a series of widespread civil conflicts that displaced hundreds of thousands from their homes and land and destroyed much of the economy.
How blind I was
He sat near the front of the church on the Epistle side and, for a number of months, regular as Christmas, rose from his seat each Sunday during the sermon to visit the lavatory. He'd pause in the middle of the nave, bow to the altar, then continue past the preacher with stilted gait, arms swinging, toward the side door. A few minutes later, he'd reverse the process.
Don’t just tinker
IN A GOOD HYMN, text and melody work together.  This occurs because the melody exploits the rhythms of the language.  Hymn writers such as Charles Wesley and Isaac Watts were schooled in classical rhetoric, and they knew their iambs from their anapests.  This is why their hymns seem vibrant today.
The Cross of Jesus
A short time ago I went with a friend to see The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson’s film depicting the last twelve hours of Jesus’ earthly life. This film has received much attention, both positive and negative, from critics and the public. I have been struck by how many people have said they have been profoundly moved by the film. I must admit I was somewhat startled when the ticket taker at the theater said to me cheerily, “Enjoy the show.”