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Fr. Matthew Brench: “Liturgy: not of Each, but of All”

May 27, 2019

From Fr. Matthew Brench of Grace Anglican Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, here are some interesting thoughts on liturgical worship.  I understand these thoughts are a re-worked version of an original blog post that can be read here.



The Rev. Dick Lucas: “ Ultimate security” (Jude 1:24-25)

May 26, 2019

Here is another in a series of audio messages by the Rev. Dick Lucas that was given at St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in London, on the Epistle of Jude and titled “Can the Churches Survive?”.  These are, as always, very much worth hearing, and here is the tenth – and last – one, on Jude 1:24-25. It is titled “Ultimate Security”.

An audio Morning and Evening Prayer site – using the 1662 BCP

May 24, 2019

Previously I mentioned a devotional aid by Fr. Damien Grout of the REC that records audio of Morning and Evening Prayer from the 1928 BCP, and it can be accessed here.  Today I came across a site called that does much the same thing – from the 1662 BCP!  This site is run by the Rev. Vincent Murphy, a minister at St Mary’s Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur and he too does an excellent job.  I would say that in helping one’s devotional life, you cannot go wrong with either site – it just depends on which Prayer Book you prefer.

Something Different: “Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor” by Matt Boswell and Boyce College Choir

May 21, 2019

Here is a relatively new hymn – written in 2017, I believe.  I heard it for the first time this past Sunday – “Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor”, and here is a performance by Matt Boswell with the Boyce College Choir.

The Rev. Ryan Muir: “Remember the Rescue” (Exodus 13:1-16)

May 19, 2019

From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a message by the Rev. Ryan Muir, titled “Remember the Rescue”. It is based on Exodus 13:1-16 and the YouTube notes say “As we open at Exodus 13, God has just rescued his people from slavery in Egypt, and now he calls on them to remember. To remember his mighty rescue by living godly lives and trusting that God himself keeps his promises. And he calls on New Testament believers today to remember an even greater rescue.”

Another podcast worth considering: Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd – Pelham Podcast

May 18, 2019

As has been quite evident in recent months, we are blessed with more and more Anglican podcasts.  A new one that has just been started in the last few weeks is the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd – Pelham Podcast, from Pelham, Alabama.  It has dropped its second episode in a series of reading through the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion.  This newest episode picks up at Article 6 and finishes with Article 10. This is a read through that is akin to an audio book but there is a small discussion demonstrating the difference between the U.S. version of Article 8 from how Article 8 was originally drafted.

And if you like iTunes, this podcast is now available in that format – check it out!

A new book: “The Book your Pastor wishes you would read (But is too embarrassed to ask)”

May 17, 2019

The Anglican Church League has brought to our attention a new book that promises to be most helpful for parishes and congregations that want to be of assistance to their clergy.  Its title is The Book Your Pastor Wishes You Would Read (But Is Too Embarrassed to Ask) and this is a little of what Tim Challies had to say about it:

While there are thousands of books meant to teach pastors how to serve their churches, this is the only book I know of created specifically to teach churches how to serve their pastors. In a sense it’s the most obvious topic in the world, yet one that remains largely unexplored, at least as far as I know. …

In Australia the book is available at this link.  I hope everyone will take a look at Challies’ review and there are other reviews at the Reformers Bookshop site.


Richard Bewes, 1934-2019: Thanks be to God for his ministry

May 16, 2019

The Rev. Richard Bewes, former Rector of All Souls Church, Langham Place, in London, has received his call to Heaven at the age of 84.  He had a powerful ministry at All Souls Church and indeed was a blessing to many worldwide.  I myself was acquainted with his ministry through the DVD-based Book by Book Bible studies.  All Souls Church has posted several tributes hereas has GAFCON, of which Rev. Bewes had served as a member of their Board of Trustees.  Thanks be to God for the ministry of Richard Bewes.

Hat tip: Anglican Church League

From The Pastor’s Heart: NZ’s Jay Behan on leaving gracefully from an apostate denomination

May 15, 2019

Here is a good interview of Jay Behan of New Zealand with Dominic Steele on “Leaving gracefully from an apostate denomination” where Rev. Behan tells the heartbreaking story of leading his church away from the traditional Anglican Church in New Zealand and working to form a new Diocese for faithful Anglicans.  You can either see the video or listen to the podcast at the link above.

From Preaching Matters: William Taylor and Charlie Skrine on “Philippians”

May 14, 2019

Here is another episode of the excellent Preaching Matters series from St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in London.  This particular episode features the Revs. William Taylor and Charlie Skrine discussing preaching Paul’s letter to the Philippians.