Philip Benedict, Christ’s Churches Purely Reformed: A Social History of Calvinism, Yale University Press: 2002, xxvi+670 pp, hardcover. Philip Benedict is an American historian of the Protestant Reformation in Europe, currently holding the title of Professor Emeritus (profeseur honoraire) at the University of Geneva’s Institute for Reformation History (l’Institut de Histoire de la Réformation). His book, Christ’s Churches Purely Reformed was awarded… Read More Philip Benedict on the Character of Anglicanism
I have found these three podcasts from Office Hours on 18th century Reformed Theology fascinating and a wonderful food for thought in our own era as North American Anglicanism rushes toward “mainline” legitimacy rather than pausing to consider its consequences for future generations. The podcast discussion, begins with with Jennifer Powell McNutt, Ph.D. about her research at the… Read More Mainline or Sideline?
“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
Partly for sermon preparation and partly for my own personal edification, I have been reading Marcus Peter Johnson’s great book, One with Christ: An Evangelical Theology of Salvation. It is an excellent discussion of union with Christ. You can listen to him explain his book in part one and part two of a recent two-part Reformed… Read More Sin and Salvation
When you first enter what is 21st century Anglicanism in North America you could imagine yourself in the famous Mos Eisley Catina Bar in Star Wars. There is a wide-open feel in the room as participants in the renewed Anglicanism give descriptions and interpretations of what they think our theology is that is highly conflicting from one… Read More An One, Holy, Catholic, Movement?
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!
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