Author Archives: Fr. Jonathan

About Fr. Jonathan

Your average traditional crunchy Christ follower with a penchant for pop culture, politics, and puns.

Blessed Lent

As we enter into Lent once again, I am continuing the practice I began last year of limiting my use of the internet throughout the season. Therefore, there will be no new posts from me until after Easter. But many … Continue reading

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The Anglican Digest

These interviews were conducted at the annual board meeting of Hillspeak, the organization that puts out the Anglican Digest, back in October, 2013. It is a great privilege for me to be a part of the Board. It is also … Continue reading

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Ask an Anglican: What’s in a Name?

That’s what Juliet asked in Shakespeare’s famous love story gone wrong. And in our own love story gone wrong, the modern Church, it is a question that gets asked fairly often as well. Thus, Matty writes: With all the different … Continue reading

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Ask an Anglican: An Evangelical, a Baptist, and a Charismatic Walk Into a Bar…

Two semi related questions from Jesse. Here’s the first: What do you mean when you say that evangelicals and charismatics have brought Baptist ideas into Anglicanism?  In terms of the general tone of the movements at times I can see … Continue reading

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Biblical Catholicism: Smells and Bells

I was baptized as an infant in the spring of 1980 into Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. As it happens, it was the Roman Catholic Church where I was raised and where I first learned to call upon … Continue reading

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Biblical Catholicism: The New Old High Churchmen

In Anglican circles today, the term “High Church” has become so thoroughly associated with Anglo-Catholicism that the two are assumed to be synonymous. Even in other Christian bodies, the phrases “High Church” and “Low Church” have come to be associated … Continue reading

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Theology, Life, and Death

An interview I did with the Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner back in September while we were both in Dallas at The Cranmer Institute. This was a great privilege for me because Dr. Radner’s work has been very meaningful to me … Continue reading

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Biblical Catholicism: The Branch Theory

“There’s a quaint Anglican concept of the universal Church known as the ‘branch theory,’” says Damian Thompson at the start of a post he made earlier this year for his blog at The Telegraph. Thompson went on to say that the … Continue reading

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Biblical Catholicism: Rethinking the Anglo-Catholic Movement

When I was in seminary, one of my professors, a staunch British Calvinist, made the off-hand remark one day that Anglo-Catholicism could not be defended from an historical perspective. The point seemed so obvious to him that he did not … Continue reading

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Ask an Anglican: The Book of Mormon

David writes: My family believes in the book of mormon and is very disappointed and, sometimes, furious with me for believing only in the holy bible. It has lead me into religious confusion because it looks and sounds just like … Continue reading

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