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Dr. Mark D. Thompson: “Where next for confessional Anglicanism?”

May 16, 2015

As part of a conference on “Is there a Future for Confessional Anglicanism?” that was held in Sydney in March of this year, Dr. Mark D. Thompson, Principal of Moore College, presented a lecture on “Where next for confessional Anglicanism?” that is worth a listen.  One of his first points is something I myself have been pondering, but not nearly as completely as Dr. Thompson states it:

Anglicanism that is true to itself is never first and foremost about Anglicanism, but about the gospel. And so the very first thing I want to say is that confessional Anglicanism has a future only if it remembers this critical truth. To the extent to which we are about the gospel, taking the gospel to this needy city and nation and going out from here to speak the gospel and stand with others who are speaking the gospel around the world, we, as confessing Anglicans, have an exciting future. This gospel still is the powerful way God saves people — if I remember rightly, that’s John Chapman’s paraphrase of Romans 1.16. Under God’s good hand, the gospel comes, as it came to the Thessalonians, ‘not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction’ (1 Thess. 1.5). But to the extent to which our eyes are turned inward and we are preoccupied with our structures and offices and canons and all the rest, the future is a bleak one.

If you’d like to hear the entire message, you can do so below, or the PDF of his text is here.

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