“This brings us at once to the heart of the matter. À Brakel wrote this work for church members—not for theologians.” – Bartel Elshout, Translator A NEW 2015 Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChristiansReasonableService/) has been created where a one-year reading plan is provided and members may engage in lively discussion of Wilhelmus à Brakel’s The Christian’s Reasonable Service.… Read More Read The Christian’s Reasonable Service in a Year
This quote is from Heinrich Bullinger’s Decades. These 50 sermons are without doubt his most influential work in the development of reformed Anglicanism in England during the reign of Elizabeth I. Archbishop of Canterbury John Whitgift (1583-1604) made them a required study for all clergy. I have been reading them, 7 pages a day 5… Read More Once in a Decade
I first read of Isaac Watts as a boy learning American history at school in that battle cry, “Give ’em Watts, boys!” at the battle of Springfield, New Jersey. Over time I spotted his name in hymnals as the author of the some of the most famous hymns in evangelical Christendom. It happened this week… Read More Give ’em Watts, boys!
Just been reading Peter Adam’s St. Antholin’s Lecture, Gospel Trials in 1662: To Stay or To Go? for reasons I will explain if I have more time, when I read this paragraph: Two groups of people prefer the theory that Puritans cannot be Anglicans, nor can Anglicans be Puritans. Some Nonconformists may take this view because… Read More Two Brands of Anglicans
Here at St. Mary’s we pick-up our verse by verse study of Paul’s letter to the Romans. This life-changing letter has been a focus each summer since 2010. This year is the last. We started at the final great hinge of the letter, Romans 12.1-2, two Sundays ago. And as we go through the 40… Read More Summer’s here, and that means…
The Diocese of New Jersey elected its 12th Bishop on May 4th. Although the progress of the election and ballots fell out exactly as I had described it in our parish open forum, the Bishop elect was relatively unknown to me. So when I returned home and after a well-earned mug of tea, I had… Read More “Stoking” the boiler
2013 is the year the Episcopal Church, well, The Diocese of New Jersey anyway, has discovered reading the Bible. I was thrilled to hear the presentation in our minister’s meeting of last September because the reading and particularly the hearing of the Bible preached is God’s primary means of grace. The cycle of local ministry… Read More Robert M. McCheyne and The B-I-B, L-E