Monthly Archives: July 2019

Bob Malm’s Retirement: Why The Five Stages of Grief Don’t (Or Shouldn’t!) Apply

Check out Bob Malm’s sermon from 7/21, found here. There are several issues with the sermon, one of which is disturbing and highly inappropriate. The latter involves Bob’s invocation of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’smodel of the five stages of grief in discussing his retirement. First, the author of the book “Death and Dying” is not Elizabeth Kubler Ross, as cited… Read More »

Breaking News: Tenth Presbyterian Seeks Unconstitutional Prior Restraint of Free Speech

When it comes to really bad, really un-Christian behavior, it takes a church. And in this case, not just any church, but Tenth Presbyterian in Philadelphia. Readers may recall the saga of Phil Snyder, the former member of Tenth Presbyterian, who spoke out about his concerns over allegations of sexual misconduct, including possible assault of a female church… Read More »

Additional Allegations Emerge About Bishop Shannon Johnston Covering up Sexual Harassment of Women

One of the valid criticisms of The Episcopal Church is that dioceses all too often function like the personal fiefdoms of their bishops. Yes, bishops are elected, and yes there is an elected standing committee, but bishops, like most bureaucrats, tend to surround themselves with sycophants. And this is nowhere more true than in the Episcopal Diocese of… Read More »

Does Your Church Train for a Terrorist Attack?

Here’s a noteworthy item from Grace Church’s 2017 minutes, noted without any additional comment, beyond the fact that this comes from a church that was, for years, indifferent to security. Indeed, the infamous Great Flood of 2013 occurred when the 5:00 PM Sunday officiant didn’t even bother to walk the building. Had he done so, and had he… Read More »

Bob Malm’s “Tell”

In poker, there’s something called a “tell.” A tell is  a behavior or expression that gives another player away. And there are several tells that serve as dead giveaways when dealing with Bob Malm. So, for whatever church is unlucky enough to have Bob in the future, here are a couple behaviors to watch out for. First is… Read More »

Best Description Yet for Grace Episcopal, aka St. Dysfunction

One of the recurring themes on this blog, predictably enough, is the extent of spiritual and practical dysfunction at Grace Episcopal Church. Ironically, one of the best descriptions of this situation comes from Jesus, who referred to the Scribes and Pharisees as “whitewashed tombs,” beautiful on the outside, yet reeking and full of filth on the inside. And… Read More »