Musings of an Anglican/Episcopal Priest

Month: January 2006

The Word from Carolopolis

Mere Anglicanism is done and it was a positive experience. The discussion of the Anglican Covenant by Stephen Noll and the perspective given by Os Guinness’ lecture was very helpful and is, I think, a good starting point for discussion of what form a covenant should take. There is no doubt that the proposal should be in final revision stages before Lambeth so that we can appropriately seek to sway the direction of the meeting and prevent any stalling tactics that attempt to further a head-in-the-sand business as usual attitude.

There were some negatives about the conference however, which I hope will be addressed in any future incarnations. The organization was pretty poor compared with other conferences I’ve been too–granted, Mere Anglicanism was running on a tight budget, but some improvement could definitely be made. Additionally, the connection groups weren’t that helpful (though I did meet some interesting people). It might be more helpful if seminarians were included with the clergy rather than the laity since it could help us network with other orthodox clergy–an important thing for those of us who are are seminaries that some believe to be questionable.

Mere Anglicanism, Day 1

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The first day of the Mere Anglicanism conference has been very fun. Part of this may be because of the good company I’ve been keeping (Shout out to my peeps)–and I’m sure it will only get better. Os Guinness’ lecture was terrific, and really laid the ground work for some great lectures dealing with the particular problems facing Christians in our world–no sand-bagging here.

I’ll post more detail about the conference later on, but I also want to mention that I got two great books:

“The Principles of Theology: An Introduction to the Thirty-Nine Articles” (W. H. Griffith Thomas)


“The Cruelty of Heresy: An Affirmation of Christian Orthodoxy” (C. Fitzsimons Allison)
{by the way, I may have gotten a defective copy of this book, or the printing may be bad, as it skips from page 96 to 129–I’ll find out tomorrow}

More from Charles’-town tomorrow.

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A Revelation…

All these years and I thought a blessing from God was dependent upon God, not me–how thoughtful of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice to set me strait. They’ve produced some clear guidelines for determinining when a Child is a blessing and when–for lack of a better term–it is a “choice,” of course, choice in these contexts is always used in the negative sense of “I choose to abort.” But hooray for clarity.

If You’re Pregnant…

There is no doubt that a welcomed, loved child is a gift from God and a blessing to a joyful family. Yet, not every pregnancy is welcomed. Women and their families who are dealing with unwelcome or problem pregnancies often have religious, spiritual, and theological questions. If you are pregnant or think you are facing an unintended pregnancy and have spiritual concerns you want to address as you consider your options, please consider reading the following:

{Read all their wonderful advice to pregnant women}

I will say that I’m thankful they include sources for adoption on this page, but it saddens my heart to hear Christians say things like the statement above. I suppose life has no objective value, only ascribed value–I guess that works in a modern capitalist society. This sort of thinking is chillingly reminiscent of things that liberal Protestants have said in the past. Read this book for a discussion of it:

“Preaching Eugenics : Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement ” (Christine Rosen)

From the Anglican Communion Institute: Christopher Seitz

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“Be ye sure that the LORD he is God” – The Anglican Crisis in Interpretation and the Two Testament Voice of Christian Scripture


1. The same-sex crisis in ECUSA is a symptom of a deeper disagreement over the interpretation of Scripture. 2. Particularly challenging—though not often stated clearly—is the formal character of scripture, that is, as consisting of two testaments. 3. In the early Church something called the ‘rule of faith’ functioned to assure certain minimal theological claims were not being compromised: chief among these was that the OT functioned as Christian Scripture, because the Risen and worshiped Lord was one with the named LORD of Israel’s revealed witness. Negatively ruled out were understandings of the OT as primarily a phase of religious development. 4. Anglicans see the ‘rule of faith’ most clearly in the canticles of Morning Prayer worship, when OT Psalms (e.g., The Jubilate Deo) are glossed, ‘Glory to the Father, etc.’ 5. This Prayer Book underscoring of the Rule of Faith is necessary if the two testament voice of scripture is to be heard. 6. If it is not being heard according to a rule of faith, then we have a breakdown at a level I will call ‘tactic knowledge.’ Such a breakdown has, I believe, occurred.

{Read it all}

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Oh, this is just great

Sometimes I wish I couldn’t believe the stupid things people say–but this little nugget takes the proverbial cake. Check out what Bishop John Paterson, the head of the Anglican Consultative Council, that completely unrepresentative body dominated by western liberals and their money representative body that organizes the agenda for meetings at the international level in the Anglican Communion said recently:

“The primates decided on an action against two churches who are members of a body (ACC) mandated by the constitution to be consultative. How can it be consultative if two important churches are not able to take part?” He added that among ACC members “there’s a feeling that perhaps we shouldn’t allow the primates to meet alone ever again.” His remark drew laughter from CoGS members.”

This is crazy. Number one, it sounds like whining–“Daddy, they didn’t do what we wanted, let’s not let them meet together ever again… WAAAAHHHHHHH….”–number two, it’s just completely stupid, does he think that the Primates can’t read.

[note: possibly due to the “distraction” of my general ordination exams, I neglected to post the URL to this article, so here it is.]

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