From Deacon Andrewes:

Shhh...Please Don't Tell BC

While our beloved verger is a man of many virtues, Brother Causticus is, at times, so self-effacing that he is in danger of having no face at all. As his campaign manager - not that BC would countenance any campaigning, much less managing - for the Bloggers Choice plebiscite, it has occurred to me that Titusoneten readers need an outward and visible means of expressing the inward and invisible grace they experience on these pages. Should any votes be garnered by such an expression, so much the better. Toward that end, the Ladies Charity Guild of St. Euphemesius-By-The-Freeway (Still) Episcopal Church is offering an assortment of BC-related items in their "Notions Nook" boutique. You may find something to delight you there:

The Ladies Charity Guild of St. Euphemesius-By-The-Freeway
(Still) Episcopal Church Notions Nook

It is quite possible that knowledge of this endeavor - as good as it might be for the Anglican Communion at large - would distract BC to the point where his verge might tremble unsteadily at a key moment in the procession, which would not do. Some inclined to the uncharitable might feel BC is perhaps overscrupulous in his pursuit of a most humble estate, but I urge T1:10 readers to simply recognize it for the incipient saintliness it most surely is and avoid troubling him with any talk of this little entrepreneurial enterprise.

T1:10 and the Steely-Eyed Via Media Honored

Brother Causticus thanks the former warden - and is there in our dear Church any title so happily-worn and hard-won as "former warden"? - at Episcopalooza for nominating this modest essay on things Anglican for "Best Religion Blog" in the Bloggers Choice Awards.

This site was inexplicably nominated for Best Religion Blog, leading Brother Causticus to re-double his fervent pleas to the Almighty that he be spared the sin of a haughty spirit that goeth before destruction.

An eschewal of even the hint of overweening pride would normally forestall BC from mentioning this worldly honor, but Deacon Andrewes has observed that certain blogs claiming amongst their readership vast legions of self-styled orthodox adherents - to say nothing of the much-touted tacit support of millions of African Anglicans - have garnered no votes whatsoever while T1:10 is, at the time of this posting, surging forward toward the dozen vote mark, speaking volumes, BC surmises with all humility, of the appeal of a gimlet-gazed via media committed to gently - when possible - noting that we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Rom 3:23, but BC's well-above-the-Episcopal-norm-of-Biblical-literacy readers knew that.)

A Pertinent PowerPoint

Brother Causticus, in an earnest desire to propagate Christian knowledge, offers this modest educational resource elucidating the heretofore obscure canonical nicety of obtaining consent for the election of a bishop, a process which has caused much apparent befuddlement in our Church of late.

Six Weird Things About Brother Causticus

Brother Causticus emerges reluctantly from the golden silence of his Lenten blog fast only at the behest of Saint Pat, who has importuned him to reveal "six weird things" about himself. Laying aside the preposterous proposition that anything about BC is other than that which is decent and in order, BC will, in joyous resurrection spirit, yield to a certain jocular impulse and offer his dear readers the following pensees as a means to further fellowship, mindful always that an unseemly slip into overweening self-regard is a perilous possibility in any such undertaking. Kyrie eleison.

Weird Thing 1
Brother Causticus, well-versed in Tallis and Palestrina and possessed of the belief that choral Evensong might well be Anglican Christianity’s most enduring gift to the world, nonetheless has been known to kick out the jams on the bass guitar with a monster R&B-inflected groove that has on occasion led his dear sisters in Christ to shake, shake, shake their collective wild thangs – in a most spiritually edifying manner, of course. Bishop Chane, BC awaits your call.

Weird Thing 2
Brother Causticus once owned and drove a Fiat 600.

Weird Thing 3
Brother Causticus discussed politics in many an undergraduate bull session with a current US presidential candidate who, even then, avers BC, demonstrated a marked propensity to seek common ground rather than partisan division.

Weird Thing 4
Brother Causticus can often be found in cheap Mexican joints, pursuing perfect carnitas and cold Negra Modelo.

Weird Thing 5
Brother Causticus does not watch television, not merely because it mostly offers pointless, numbing drivel, which, indeed, it does, but because his local cable company provides poor service at exorbitant prices. Despite shunning the lifeblood of American culture, BC is not entirely isolated and cannot help but wonder what is up with the whole Sanjaya thing, anyway?

Weird Thing 6
Brother Causticus has an innie.

For the next round of “Six Weird Things,” Brother Causticus tags Archbishop Peter Akinola, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori, Canon Kendall Harmon -- BC can dream, can’t he? -- recent CANA convert Fr. Donald Armstrong, noted pro-thespian spokesman Tony Shalhoub, and Regent University Law School alumna Monica Goodling.