John Macquarrie's small book on the sacraments offers everything those who know his work have come to expect. Despite some puzzling exceptions (Luther is not indexed, for example), it exhibits the breadth of the Anglican "middle way." Macquarrie primarily relies on patristic, orthodox Roman Catholic and Anglican doctrinal traditions as they inform today's official ecumenical discussions, rather than on the evangelical traditions of the Reformation. He seems mainly to be addressing the conversation between Canterbury and Rome, not the wider ecumenical discussions that now also include the Pentecostals.
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).