This is something I heard about today (not sure how recent it is) that hopefully is a good thing for ACNA: the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued a statement recognizing ACNA’s orders. Below you will see the text of that letter. This still does not mean they consider themselves to be in communion with ACNA, if I am reading this correctly.
As I have said in the past, evangelism is not always something we Anglicans do well. But here is a talk from someone who does have a clue about the subject, the Rev. Glen Scrivener. This was given at a Church Society conference last year and is worth hearing.
From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a sermon by the Rev. Ramzi Adcock – the third in a series on 1 Timothy, and titled “Praying For All People.” Here, Ramzi Adcock preaches on 1 Timothy 2: 1-7, encouraging us to believe and pray that everyone would be rescued by Jesus.
Here is another reading for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, from Faith and Life: St. Basil on Psalmody.
WHATEVER is profitable in the other books of Scripture is comprised in the Book of Psalms. It predicts the future, it keeps history in remembrance, it legislates for our life, it suggests what we should do; in a word, it is the common treasury of good teaching, providing with all carefulness what is useful to each man by himself. It heals the old wounds of the soul, applies a speedy cure to the newly-wounded, makes the diseased part sound, keeps the sound part free from evil; and, as far as may be, casts out those passions which in various ways, throughout human life, hold empire over the soul; and all this with a certain graceful persuasiveness, and a sweetness which produces sobriety of mind. For since the Holy Spirit knew how reluctantly mankind are led towards virtue, and how neglectful we are of right conduct through our propensity to pleasure; He mingled the charm of melody with His instructions, that by hearing what was soft and pleasant we might unconsciously take in the salutary teaching. A Psalm is the quiet of souls, the arbiter of peace, allaying the surge of excited feeling. It softens the irritation of the soul, and controls its sensuality. A Psalm brings friends together, unites those who are at variance, reconciles enemies. So that Psalmody supplies that greatest of blessings, Love. A Psalm puts demons to flight, procures the aid of Angels, is armour in nightly fears, refreshment in daily toils; it is safety to children, an ornament to youth, comfort to the elders, a most appropriate grace to women ; it makes wildernesses habitable, and public places pure; it teaches rudiments to the beginner in things spiritual, it helps the proficient to further advances, it establishes the perfected, it is the voice of the Church. It is this which gives brightness to our festivals, it is this which forms in us godly sorrow; for a Psalm calls forth a tear even from a stony heart. A Psalm is the work of Angels, the heavenly conversation, the spiritual incense. O what a wise plan of our Teacher, who so manages that we shall at the same time be singing and learning useful lessons; whereby His instructions are the more deeply impressed upon our souls. For what is there that we cannot learn from the Psalms? Can we not learn majestic courage, strict justice, dignified self-control, consummate wisdom, the method of repentance, the measures of patience, every good thing that one can name? Here we find a perfect theology, a prediction of Christ’s sojourn in the flesh, a warning of judgment, a hope of resurrection, a fear of punishment, promises of glory, revelations of mysteries; all are treasured up, as in some great and general storehouse, in the Book of Psalms.
–St. Basil, Homily on Psalm i
The Psalms are called ‘the Prayer Book of the Bible” and St. Basil certainly would agree with that.
The reading for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany including the Parable of the Tares, here, from Faith and Life, is a reading from Augustine of Hippo on that Parable.
It seemed to the servants a grievous thing that there should be tares among the wheat; and indeed it was a grievous thing. But the condition of a field is one thing, and the quiet of a barn is another. Bear with the tares; for thou wast born for this end. Bear with them, for thou, perhaps, hast been borne with. If thou hast always been good, be compassionate; if thou hast ever been bad, do not lose the recollection of it. And who is always good? If God were to scrutinize thee thoroughly, He would more easily find thee to be bad now, than thou couldst find thyself to have been always good. Therefore, we must bear with these tares among the wheat, these goats among the sheep. This growing together in the field will pass away; the separation in the harvest will come. At present, the Lord requires of us that patience which He exhibits in Himself, saying to thee: “Were I to choose to give judgment now, should I give any unrighteous judgment—should I be capable of erring? If I, who always judge righteously, I who cannot err, put off My judgment; dost thou, who knowest not how thou oughtest to be judged, venture to judge thus hastily?” Now, therefore, it is not the time for separating, but for tolerating. I am not saying this, in order that diligence in correcting evil should go to sleep; on the contrary, lest we come unwarned to the Great Judgment, and, as blind men ignoring our own blindness, suddenly find ourselves on the left hand,—let discipline be exercised, let judgment not be precipitated. What says the Lord? “I judge.” A great security,— He Himself judges; let good men set their minds at rest,—let bad men be proportionably alarmed.
–St. Augustine, Sermon xlvii
Indeed, we can always trust God to do the right thing; we can thereby set our minds at rest.
I have thought for a while that St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in London has been a faithful church in reaching their city. Speaking on the theme of “Preaching to Reach the City”, their rector, William Taylor, presented three messages in Australia (at the City Bible Forum in Brisbane.) These are good messages for any of us who wish to reach our communities.
- Session 1 – Preaching to Reach the City.
- Session 2 – Training to reach the City.
- Session 3 – Q & A. Partnering to reach the City.
Hat tip: Anglican Church League
Another free e-book in Kindle format: “The Early Church: From Ignatius to Augustine” by George Hodges
Today I came across another free e-book in Kindle format: The Early Church: From Ignatius to Augustine by George Hodges. (I must note that I do not know how long it will be free. But even the paperback price of $4.99 is not bad.) This book is described on the Amazon page as “An engaging introduction to the history of the early church from its emergence in the Mediterranean world dominated by Rome until the fall of Rome in the age of Augustine. Relates the story of Christianity’s struggle for life during the early days of persecution; the defence of the faith against prejudice, heresy, and rivalry; the Arian debate; the rise of monasticism in the east and in the west; and the influence of Ambrose, Chrysostom, and Augustine.”
George Hodges was actually an Episcopal clergyman and theologian who became the dean of the Episcopal Theological School at Cambridge, Massachusetts prior to his death in 1919. If you are interested in the history of the early church, you might give The Early Church: From Ignatius to Augustine a try.
Here is the next in a series of audio sermons on the Epistle of James by Phillip Jensen. This message is titled Rumours of Wars and covers James 3:1-4:12. It can be heard at this link, or you can use the player below.
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