Category Archives: Anglicanism

God’s perfect, goody-two-shoes church

We’ve never persecuted other religions unless, you know, they show disobedience to our state. We want people to know that God established our state. You know how God said his kingdom was not of this world. Some take that to mean … Continue reading

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Anglicanism and the Christian Church, ch. 1 – the Reformers

Paul Avis starts his book on Anglicanism and the Christian Church with the impact of the Reformation. I wanted to go over this part specifically first because there are a lot of ambiguities about the Reformation as it occurred in … Continue reading

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miscommunication

This is a continuation of an ongoing discussion with Mommy. I am probably more-so confused by what she is saying than I am saying so to be clear–we both affirm High Anglicanism but I happen to be in a Continuing … Continue reading

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The Church is one as the Trinity is one

One of the many aspects of actively receiving the sacraments of the Church is that your spiritual vision is opened. This is not an automatic or magical process. This depends on growth and spiritual growth. But continuing to bind oneself … Continue reading

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Litany from Morning Prayer of 1786 U.S. BCP

OGod the Father of heaven: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.     O God the Father of heaven: have mercy upon us miserable sinners. O God the Son, Redeemer of the world: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.     O … Continue reading

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A Continuing Anglican’s view on the Church of England’s decision of disciplinary action against the Episcopalians

Some Catholics have been asking me about this. I, as a High Anglican, surely must have an opinion on the disciplinary action against the Episcopalians, right? The truth is, I really don’t. I am a Continuing Anglican. Some in the … Continue reading

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Praying as the first American Anglicans

Today, I decided to pray the morning prayer in a different way than I normally do. Normally, I pray from the 1928 U.S. BCP. Today, I prayed from the 1786 version. This was before George Washington became President of the … Continue reading

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Divine Mercy Chaplet–Momma Jess and I

Momma Jess and I did the rosary together a while back. This is how we’ll do the Divine Mercy Chaplet: We cross ourselves… Momma Jess takes lead, “You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and … Continue reading

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Self-mortification, miscommunication

I think Mother is having difficulty understanding my recent interest in self-mortification and I hope my good friend Damsel of the Faith does not mind if I borrow from some of her posts in order to qualify some statements. Mother … Continue reading

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The worst argument for women’s ordination I’ve ever seen

I’ve seen some very bad radical egalitarian arguments for women’s ordination but this one from Ben Witherington III, who apparently did his own doctoral thesis on the New Testament on the topic of women in ministry in the church, probably, … Continue reading

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Prayer book-onlyist Anglicans?!?

Fr. Jonathan over at The Conciliar Anglican has an article on being a 39-articles Catholic. It’s an interesting article which I don’t particularly agree with all the points of. I personally don’t think his theology is entirely sound and would … Continue reading

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Will the real Episcopalians please stand up?

So someone in the comments section on Peter Enns’s blog made the comment about how she went from being a Unitarian to being an Episcopalian. I made the follow-up question which provoked some response: Nowadays, is there really much difference … Continue reading

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Al Mohler on Baptist converts to Catholicism and Anglicanism…

Scot McKnight has posted about Al Mohler’s reaction to two people from the SBC who have converted to Catholicism and Anglicanism. He cites from Bob Allen at Baptist News Global: A recent Wall Street Journal story profiling twin brothers who … Continue reading

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Is evangelicalism a Christian denomination?

I’ve seen Evangelical Christians lower-case the term “evangelicalism” when specifically referring to the so-called “Christian” denomination of Evangelicalism/The Evangelical Movement (for the record, I have prayed about this numerous times, and I have become convinced that this Evangelical Movement is … Continue reading

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Are Anabaptists orthodox?

I use the term Anabaptist here to refer to someone who deliberately denies baptism to infants. Although technically, the term means “no baptist” and a better term would be credobaptist. I reject the term credobaptist to refer to such people … Continue reading

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What is a Continuing Anglican?

This question has come up a couple of times in conversation with a deacon. What exactly is a Continuing Anglican? The answer is not that simple. Some questions frequently asked of Continuing Anglicans are as follows… Are Continuing Anglicans all … Continue reading

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Does Baptismal Regeneration Negate the Idea of Free Will?

Opponents of baptismal regeneration like to point out that the doctrine negates the idea of free will. The only problem with this is that it doesn’t. First off, both the doctrines of free will and the doctrines of baptismal regeneration … Continue reading

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Women’s Ordination: Starting Points

I came across this video by N.T. Wright a while back. It’s interesting because I think it points out the major problems in making a radical egalitarian argument on this base. The radical egalitarian normally begins his argument for the … Continue reading

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Met. Kallistos Ware on the Ordination of Women in the Orthodox Church

“Man, Woman and the Priesthood of Christ”, Women and the Priesthood, 5-53. It is a common theme of Met. Kallistos Ware to caution hastiness in the Church on a variety of different issues. He cites Isaiah 28:16 which reads “He … Continue reading

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Did the New Testament Church Have an Ecclesiastical Structure?

It is generally argued by Protestants (primarily the Anabaptist Protestants) that the church structure of the episcopacy is entirely a new invention known to the church that did not originate in the Bible. But the reality is that the episcopacy … Continue reading

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Can the Church Be Infallible?

One regard where Evangelicals and Fundamentalists typically depart with other Christians is over the issue of the infallibility of the Church. Many Lutherans, High Anglicans, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians all affirm the idea of the infallibility of the Church. According … Continue reading

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Do the XXXIX Articles of Religion Teach Total Depravity?

IX. Of Original or Birth-Sin. Original sin standeth not in the following of Adam, (as the Pelagians do vainly talk;) but it is the fault and corruption of the Nature of every man, that naturally is engendered of the offspring … Continue reading

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Why I am not Wesleyan

Where I can’t agree with Wesleyan theology is on the notion of his concept of prevenient grace and total depravity. Wesley once stated: 1. I proceed to draw a few inferences from what has been said. And, First, from hence … Continue reading

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All Christians are Fundamentalists According to John Dominic Crossan!

A sad attempt to justify liberalism and a radical departure from Christian orthodoxy at best. To whom do we trust if we cannot be certain who God even is? We worship what we know, not what we don’t know. Crossan … Continue reading

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Spiritual Presence in the Eucharist?

I come from an Evangelical Covenant tradition that taught that Jesus wasn’t literally present in the eucharist but was spiritually present in the eucharist. In many ways, I think the spiritual presence and the consubstantiation doctrines are attempted rationalisations of … Continue reading

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What Binds all Christians Together?

There are two doctrines that Jesus talks about which I see as uniting points for Christians. Baptism (John 3:3-5) Eucharist (John 6:51-58) Jesus assured Nicodemus that unless a man is born of water and Spirit, he cannot enter into the … Continue reading

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Marks of a Valid Baptism…

Intent I have concluded recently that the Traditionalist Catholics are correct in their interpretation of the sacrament of baptism and what marks a baptism as being valid. Of course, the implications would exclude the vast majority of Protestant baptisms as … Continue reading

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What Christian Denomination are You Quiz?

I got 82% Episcopalian, 82% Catholic, 49% Lutheran, 49% Restorationist, 32% Methodist, 19% Calvinist, 14% Puritan, 5% Baptist, and 0% Pentecostal. Take the Quiz and tell me what your scores were in the comments section.

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At what point did the reformers cease being Catholic?

At what point did Luther’s teachings transgress the bounds of ‘Catholic’ orthodoxy? This question, which fascinated some older scholars, rests on an assumption unacceptable to modern historians: namely, that there exists an eternal standard of ‘Catholic’ truth independent of name … Continue reading

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The Purified Water?

Called to Communion and White Horse Blog posted a while back on the subject of whether baptismal regeneration can be found in the church fathers’ earliest writings or not. I looked into this subject a while back for my dear … Continue reading

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Biblical Meditations–Queen of Heaven

Those poor Protestants tend to use this verse to dismantle Catholic and Orthodox Mariology. Jeremiah 7:18—“The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out … Continue reading

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The women debate—my attempt to explain from a sacramental perspective

Sacramentalists (or Christians who favour a more sacramental system of God distributing aid to his people) usually don’t agree that a woman can be a cultic or ritualistic priest. Sacramentalists are High Anglicans, Catholics, and Eastern Orthodox generally. They may … Continue reading

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The Rosary–Momma Jess and I

The crucifix: Auntie and I genuflect—she does a Latinised genuflection, I do a Greek genuflection. Mother prays: I cannot, for the life of me, remember the Apostle’s Creed by heart so Auntie prays that for me… “I believe in God, … Continue reading

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Auntie’s Faith Imparted to Me

“No one can tell you how to believe,” the words of Fr. Kimel echo through my head. How do I believe? How do I find faith? I need not worry about that right now. It is not my own faith … Continue reading

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Discerning…

Fr. Kimel requested I do some praying and discerning about where God is trying to lead me as I feel genuinely pulled by God into three directions right now. I’m not entirely certain as to what “discipleship” is but if … Continue reading

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Counting Down the Days…

approximately 10 1/2 to 11 months before my life gets back to normal… approximately 46.5 to 48 weeks… approximately 325.5 to 336 days… approximately that long until I am hopefully safe with Auntie from all the forces of decadence and … Continue reading

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Why I Just Want to Blow Off Any And All Catechetical Instruction

The scars on my arms show my cries to God quite well constantly asking him on and on, “How much longer?” How much longer until I am freed? How much longer until I’m rescued? Auntie says I just need to … Continue reading

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My parish priest…

I met with my parish priest yesterday and I had the initial impression that I’d be able to have more of a command as to what was going on with my journey but it didn’t happen that way. My parish … Continue reading

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Called Into All Three – But Why?

I feel like all of these strings on me are trying to pull me into three different churches all at once and it is confusing me. I feel like I am right back where I started when I first started … Continue reading

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