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Mainline or Sideline?

November 4, 2015


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 […]

Nothing comes between me and my Calvin, Final

December 8, 2012


After 18 months I finished my devotional reading of Calvin’s Institutes. As I wrote here in June 2011, I have owned a personal copy of The Institutes for over 27 years. My two volume Battles translation were one of the few books I carried by suitcase with me to England in 1985. John Calvin dominated […]

Pastor as Lens

September 10, 2012


In 1538 John Calvin wrote in a letter to Henrich Bullinger, explaining his early difficulties in Geneva, that “…Geneva want preachers and teachers, but not pastors…” As a rector who understands his call to pastor his congregation, I know exactly what Calvin meant. In most congregations, the clergy perform the sacraments, visit the sick, teach […]