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May
18

Is there an “Anglican understanding” of the New Testament?

Is there an “Anglican understanding” of the New Testament? At the end of every class at the Anglican seminary where I teach, my students fill out a course evaluation with this question on it.
Jan
22

TBT 2009: 42 theses on Anglicanism

TBT 2009: 42 theses on Anglicanism From time to time in history, there are periods of tremendous upset, which occur at the same time as periods of tremendous intellectual ferment. Anglicanism is undergoing the birth pains of a new synthesis.
Jan
19

Confirmation of ACNA’s revolutionary theology?

Confirmation of ACNA’s revolutionary theology? It's worth reading a recent statement to see what our ACNA brethren are thinking regarding the hotly debated question of Confirmation. What is most interesting is that they are following precisely the revolutionary changes introduced in the 1979 BCP of the Episcopal Church.
Nov
25

The baggage of evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail

The baggage of evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail Fortunately or unfortunately, there still seems to be an ever widening stream of ex-evangelical converts to Anglicanism, sometimes to the mutual benefit of those involved, but often to the loss of evangelical denominations.
Oct
2

The unashamed Anglican: Stephen Sykes, 1939–2014

The unashamed Anglican: Stephen Sykes, 1939–2014 Do Anglicans have doctrines? Or is Anglicanism an empty container, into which one can pour whatever one likes?
Aug
31

Why be an Anglican?

William writes: “Might you have some encouraging words for someone who is recently converted to Anglicanism / Episcopalianism — who does not want to join ACNA, AMiA, or, for example, the Reformed Episcopal Church — who wants to enter TEC but is frightened because of its current, tragic state?”
Aug
15

Worship as acting

“Isn’t it unnatural to do all that standing and kneeling and unfamiliar singing?” A parishioner asks as we meet for coffee one morning. “Why do we have to do all those strange things?”
Aug
1

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

How worship with the saints reflects to us the image of God
Jul
9

Demons are beloved; you’re not

One does not "listen deeply" to those in the same category as child murderers and terrorists.
Mar
2

Return to your first love

I would like to think that we have not become so warped by our passions and by a reliance on our controversies to sustain our interest in one another, in Anglican forms of Christian faith, and, ultimately, in Christ. But I fear we may have. And so I must recall to us all, those resonant words from Christ: “I have this against you, that you have abandoned your first love.”
Jun
4

A measuring rod

The canon of Scripture contains “all things necessary for salvation,” but it does not contain all things necessary for running the Church. This latter task is fulfilled by canon law.

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