Passion Sunday, 2019

Passion Sunday.  April 7, 2019.  Saint Timothy’s, Charleston, SC St. John viii, verse 59 – Then took they up stones to cast at him:  but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and…

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Priests and Prelates

An old newsletter piece, from around 2002, much augmented... Archbishop John-Charles has sent me several clippings from the Australian newspapers about Church goings-on down there.  The Dean of Sydney, the Very Reverend Phillip Jensen, went to England for a visit and immediately rendered himself controversial by unbosoming himself of the following opinions:  that the Archbishop…

Ecumenical Mariology

One common feature in many New Testament texts is the use of Old Testament figures as representatives and illustrations of doctrinal themes.  So, for instance, in Hebrews 5-7 the rather shadowy priest from Genesis, Melchizedek, is used as a type and foreshadowing of the priesthood of Christ.  Abraham is for Saint Paul the great type…

Defining Anglicanism

Efforts to define ‘Anglican’ are various.  A couple of years I noticed that someone on a social medium condemned as ‘not Anglican’ an episcopal consecration in the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) because of its use of liturgical dance and of various other neo-Anglican or charismatic liturgical phenomena.  One response to this condemnation was,…

Quinquagesima sermon

Quinquagesima.  March 4, 2019.  Our Redeemer, Marietta, GA St. Luke 18, verse 34 - And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. Chapter 18 of…

Article XXVIII and the Continuing Churches

Article XXVIII and the Continuing Churches The Affirmation of Saint Louis as an Interpretative Lens The Affirmation of Saint Louis (1977) is the foundational document of the Continuing Church.  The Affirmation distinguishes the Continuing Churches from earlier Anglican bodies, such as the Episcopal Church prior to 1976, which were vaguer and deliberately more ‘comprehensive’ in…