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How Well Do We Know American Anglican History?

November 17, 2016


Particularly of the nineteenth century. The evangelical wing of Anglicanism in the United States ceased to have any active influence by the end of that century. One hypothesis as to the cause is in its failure to respond to the doctrinal challenges of the Second Great Awakening within its ranks. Coming as it did in […]

Stepping Out into Spring

March 24, 2014


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 […]

Decline and…

April 12, 2013


I read a blog by Brian Croft the other day who asked some questions concerning our assumptions on decline that got me thinking. Like him the more I hear the push “to overcome” the “plateau or decline” the more I pause and think of scenarios where a church’s decline in numbers is not necessarily a […]

Robert M. McCheyne and The B-I-B, L-E

February 24, 2013


2013 is the year the Episcopal Church, well, The Diocese of New Jersey anyway, has discovered reading the Bible. I was thrilled to hear the presentation in our minister’s meeting of last September because the reading and particularly the hearing of the Bible preached is God’s primary means of grace. The cycle of local ministry […]

Godly Learning

January 13, 2013


“Sometimes we hear it said that ten minutes on your knees will give you a truer, deeper, more operative knowledge of God than ten hours over your books. ‘What!’ is the appropriate response, ‘than ten hours over your books on your knees?’ Why should you turn from God when you turn from your books, or […]

This Praying Life, Phase 3

January 10, 2013


The third phase in the renewal of my prayer life was how the past met the present. It was the way in which all I had been taught yet never valued in bible college and Westminster Seminary, I suddenly understood. I understood the “why” of the gospel. I understood grace. It all became real to […]

John Owen on Preaching

December 30, 2012


If you’ve read my posts you will know that at the end of November John Owen arrived at 501 Green. I was just reading the sermons in volume nine of The Works of John Owen, “Sermons to the Church” and spotted this. Across the centuries, the “prince of the English divines” describes the same experience […]