Reformed Anglican worship in Morning and Evening Prayer and in the Lord’s Supper keeps to the three-fold biblical pattern that was rediscovered in the Reformation: Guilt, where in preparation to receive Him, we realize and confess our need for salvation and a Savior. Grace, where we hear and understand from God’s gospel Word His provision… Read More Our Misery
A very sobering and at times a very modern read is G. R. Craig’s 1957 classic, Puritanism in the Period of the Great Persecution 1660-1688 that chronicles the suffering of the Anglican Puritan movement. From the return of the Stewart monarchy in 1660, Anglicans were persecuted by their fellow churchmen and citizens. Priests were removed… Read More March On
When you first enter what is 21st century Anglicanism in North America you could imagine yourself in the famous Mos Eisley Catina Bar in Star Wars. There is a wide-open feel in the room as participants in the renewed Anglicanism give descriptions and interpretations of what they think our theology is that is highly conflicting from one… Read More An One, Holy, Catholic, Movement?
A favorite prayer of mine from the Valley of Vision is A Minister’s Prayer. It breaks down into 4 themes of petition that every godly gospel minister will know. The first petition sets the trajectory of the entire prayer, moving the minister’s attention away from what is seen in worldly success, to… Read More A Reflection on a Minister’s Prayer
Precious are the times when a classic hymn transfixes you. One did this week. Under pressure for a sermon draft deadline, my head was down and the fingers moving across the keyboard as iTunes played a shuffle of songs behind. That’s when I heard Anglican John Newton’s 1779 hymn, “I Asked the Lord that I… Read More I Asked the Lord that I Might Grow
Entering North American Anglicanism in leaving the Episcopal Church (TEC) is like stepping out of a dark cellar into the bright daylight of the European spring in 1945. Ruins everywhere point to past glories. There’s a light giddiness in the silence. The shelling has stopped. The war may not be completely over, but it is… Read More Stepping Out into Spring
The WordPress Statistics page told me that my blog passed 10,000 views this week. I am stunned. I know that in the digital world news sites can receive 10,000 views in minutes and large churches can see weekend attendance at that number, but I am just a small church pastor/church planter in a small corner… Read More 10,000+ Views