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… Read More How Well Do We Know American Anglican History?
This is probably my favorite Martin Luther quotation, ever. I have quoted the italicized section in many sermons over the years. Let me set the quote in a bit of context that I read in Carl Trueman’s book on Luther and the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom. Most of us may know of his stand… Read More Happy Reformation Day
Philip Benedict, Christ’s Churches Purely Reformed: A Social History of Calvinism, Yale University Press: 2002, xxvi+670 pp, hardcover. Philip Benedict is an American historian of the Protestant Reformation in Europe, currently holding the title of Professor Emeritus (profeseur honoraire) at the University of Geneva’s Institute for Reformation History (l’Institut de Histoire de la Réformation). His book, Christ’s Churches Purely Reformed was awarded… Read More Philip Benedict on the Character of Anglicanism
I attended my first Workshop on Biblical Exposition by The Charles Simeon Trust at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Center City Philadelphia last week. I had known about the Trust’s work for some time now and I had wanted to attend a workshop but calendars, location and available funds never seemed to match up. This year… Read More Spring Training
David J. Randall’s new book: A Sad Departure: Why we could not stay in the Church of Scotland, chronicles the all too familiar departure from biblical orthodoxy, this time in the Church of Scotland, and the recent sad departure of ministers and congregations as a result. It contains a narrative familiar to many of us in Anglican North… Read More A Sad Departure
I have found these three podcasts from Office Hours on 18th century Reformed Theology fascinating and a wonderful food for thought in our own era as North American Anglicanism rushes toward “mainline” legitimacy rather than pausing to consider its consequences for future generations. The podcast discussion, begins with with Jennifer Powell McNutt, Ph.D. about her research at the… Read More Mainline or Sideline?
We all get circulars in the post. Pastors usually receive seasonal notices from para-church organizations of a recently released method(s) to congregational spiritual health or growth. When I read them two things strike me: first, the formulaic and methodological thinking in the“if you do this, then this…” or the “A”PLUS “B” will guarantee result “C” and… Read More A True Cliché