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From the Rev. Thomas McKenzie: another podcast on the 2019 ACNA Book of Common Prayer

September 15, 2019

Here is the second in a series of podcasts by the Rev. Thomas McKenzie of Redeemer Anglican in Nashville on the 2019 ACNA Book of Common Prayer.  (If you are in a parish that is moving to this BCP, you may find these quite helpful.)  In this one, he talks about the Daily Office in this BCP.

Episode Two: The Daily Office

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Something Different: a two-violin version of “Appalachia Waltz”

September 13, 2019

I happen to think quite highly of Mark O’Connor and his composition Appalachia Waltz, and have posted a different version before.  But this one is an exemplary two-violin version he performs with Maggie O’Connor, and I think you will enjoy it.

Fr. Charles Erlandson: “Tract I: What is Anglicanism?”

September 12, 2019

You may remember that Fr. Charles Erlandson wrote an essay titled Tracts for the Times 2.0 for The North American Anglican a few weeks ago.  He has now followed that up with a second essay, titled Tract I: What is Anglicanism? and it is well worth reading.  It is indeed hard to answer that question “What is Anglicanism?” but Fr. Erlandson has actually formulated this definition:

Anglicanism is the life of the Catholic Church that was planted in England in the first few centuries after Christ; reshaped decisively by the English Reformation that reformed the received Catholic traditions and also renewed by the Evangelical and Catholic Revivals and other historical movements of the Spirit; and that has now been inculturated into independent, global churches.”

That might well be a formulation that could unite different parties in Anglicanism, and I will look forward to future essays in this series.

The Rev. Sam Ferguson: “Christ-Centered: Introducing Colossians”

September 11, 2019

Tonight I came across what appears to be an exemplary sermon series on Colossians from The Falls Church Anglican in Virginia.  Here is the introduction to that series, by the Rev. Sam Ferguson.  (If you want to read his message, you can do so here.)  This is a very good message with the basic three points being that 1) Christ is at the center of the universe; 2) Christ is at the center of human history, and 3) Christ is at the center of an individual’s life.

From the Rev. Thomas McKenzie: a podcast on the 2019 ACNA Book of Common Prayer

September 10, 2019

Today I came across a series of podcasts by the Rev. Thomas McKenzie of Redeemer Anglican in Nashville on the 2019 ACNA Book of Common Prayer.  If you are in a parish that is moving to this BCP, you may find these quite helpful.  Here is the first one, explaining why there is a new BCP for the Anglican Church in North America.

Episode One: Why?

 

 

The Rev. Ian Garrett: “Continuing in Jesus” (1 John 2:28 – 3:10)

September 9, 2019

From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a message by the Rev. Ian Garrett, titled “Continuing in Jesus”. It is based on 1 John 2:28 – 3:10 and is the next in a series on the First Epistle of John. The YouTube notes say “What is the difference between a believer and a non-believer? Is it merely that one has been ‘saved’ and the other hasn’t? Or are there any more obvious signs? In this passage John says, ‘No one who abides in him [Jesus] keeps on sinning’ (1 John 3: 6) but we know that as believers we do continue to sin. How then can we know if we are truly continuing (abiding) in Jesus?”

Now available: another episode of the “Miserable Offenders” podcast on “Knowing God in the Liturgy” by Peter Toon

September 8, 2019

From our friends at The North American Anglican, here is the latest episode of their podcast, Miserable Offenders.  In this episode, Deacon Andrew and Jesse discuss the trouble of defining Anglicanism, the dangers of going off the rails in your churchmanship, professional wrestling, and of course “Knowing God Through the Liturgy” by the late, Rev. Dr. Peter Toon. As always this is worth listening to!

From Church Society: the Rev. Dr. Lee Gatiss on “A Remedy for the Plague” (Titus 1)

September 6, 2019

Church Society in the United Kingdom has a good audio by Lee Gatiss on “A Remedy for the Plague”.  The “plague” of which he speaks is a lack of good leadership in the State – and the “remedy” is that the church must lead the way by recovering a vision of godly government and guidance.  His presentation to this effect is based on Titus 1, and as happens so often these days, it is quite a timely message.

From The Pastor’s Heart: “Fishing and living in Babylon with David Robertson & Stephen MacAlpine”

September 5, 2019

In some respects this is a timely video, because it does seem that Christianity is becoming increasingly counter-cultural.  From The Pastor’s Heart, this video, Fishing and living in Babylon with David Robertson & Stephen MacAlpine, features these gentlemen stating that “the experience of being Christian today is the experience of Daniel, living in Babylon.”  But they also exhort us to not despair – but work to equip young Christians to stand firm for the Gospel.  Quite an interesting video (or podcast, if you prefer the audio.)

Want to help The Bahamas recover from Hurricane Dorian?

September 4, 2019

As everyone certainly knows by now, Hurricane Dorian has had – and is still having – a terrible impact on the Bahamas.  The last I heard, over 13,000 homes had been destroyed or damaged on Grand Bahama and the Abacos, and the death toll stood at seven, with more possible.  This is a catastrophic blow indeed; if you want to donate to recovery efforts, you might consider The Salvation Army Bahamas.  Let us please keep The Bahamas in our prayers.