Baptismal Regeneration

Sacraments ordained of Christ be not only badges or tokens of Christian men’s profession, but rather they be certain sure witnesses, and effectual signs of grace, and God’s good will towards us, by the which he doth work invisibly in us, and doth not only quicken, but also strengthen and confirm our Faith in him. …

Advent I sermon, 40th anniversary

Advent I.  November 27, 2022.  Saint Stephen’s, Athens. S. Matthew 21, verse 10 - And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. Today is the 40th anniversary of the founding of…

Anglicans, Romans, and Specific Differences

Anglicanism has historically been characterized by a theological temper which includes a tendency to emphasize most the most important matters and to worry less about less important matters.  One would think that this tendency should be uncontroversial, but in fact there is a contrary theological tendency to emphasize most specific differences, namely the few matters…

Trinity XIX

Trinity XIX. S. Stephen's, Athens, GA. 23 October 2022 St. Matthew ix, verse 2 - And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed:  and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. In the…

Allegory, Analogy, and Icon

Protestants of Reformed and Anabaptist leanings have historically been hostile to religious icons and images, whether two- or three-dimensional.  Protestant iconoclasm often extended to depictions of the crucifixion or even to a bare cross.  The argument of Protestant iconoclasts, like that of the Byzantine iconoclasts before them, begins with an understanding of the Decalogue.  The…

Healing, holy, whole: Unction of the Sick

A clue, if not a key, to understanding some of the initially puzzling features of the sacrament of unction of the sick may lie in English etymology.  The English words ‘holy’, ‘whole’, and ‘heal’ have common roots.  The following information is taken from the website etymonline.com.  First, ‘holy’ comes from ‘Old English halig, “holy, consecrated,…