Tag Archives: The 1979 BCP

If I Were the Next Presiding Bishop

Several of you have asked what I would do if I got elected the next Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in 2015. Since I was not shy about what I would do if I became Archbishop of Canterbury, I … Continue reading

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Death Is Not Natural

Among the clumsy things that we say to try to comfort one another when somebody dies, there are a number of phrases that insinuate, either explicitly or implicitly, that death is a good thing, even a godly thing. ‘It was … Continue reading

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Either the Saints Are Alive or Jesus is Dead

I have written before on the controversy in early Anglicanism about the interpretation of Article XXII and its ban on the invocation of the saints. To be sure, classical Anglicanism sought to distance itself from the folk practices of saint … Continue reading

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Ask an Anglican: Who May Take Communion

This is a question that came in a few months ago but that is perhaps most apt to answer now, given that the General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be taking up the question of Communion without Baptism this … Continue reading

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Sweet, Pleasant, and Unspeakable Comfort: The Anglican View of Predestination (Part IV)

The classical Anglican teaching on election is beautiful and comforting because it teaches us that we are the chosen of God, saved by the blood of the cross through the grace that we receive by faith in Jesus Christ. God … Continue reading

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Ask an Anglican: The End of the World

As the season of Advent draws to a close, it is probably as good a time as any to talk about the end of the world. Robert writes: As someone who, having spent childhood in a nominally RC family, gradually … Continue reading

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Ask an Anglican: When the Church is no Longer the Church

Two questions today that are interrelated. Cadog writes: In a prior post, you offered assurances that staying in the Episcopal Church was right, even though there are some serious and disturbing decisions and trends in recent years. I can accept … Continue reading

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Sweet, Pleasant, and Unspeakable Comfort: The Anglican View of Predestination (Part I)

The doctrine of election is one of the most misunderstood of Christian doctrines and one of the most contested within Christian communities. In a previous post, I debated some questions about election with Peter Ould. Since then, I have done … Continue reading

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Ask an Anglican: The 39 Articles

Samuel writes: To what extent do the 39 articles shape modern Anglicanism? From my Church of England perspective it seems to be bordering on disingenuity to quote from them in an unqualified manner; without, for example, mentioning their almost total … Continue reading

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More Than Forgiven

Ever since I was in seminary, I have had friends and colleagues who get up in arms about the “Prayer of Humble Access.” While the 1979 Book of Common Prayer eliminated the prayer from the contemporary liturgy (Rite II), it … Continue reading

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