Daily Archives: August 12, 2014

The IRD interviews ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach

[H/T to Pat Dague at Transfigurations]

Here’s an excerpt:

Jacob: “How would you define the “Anglican identity”? What does ACNA distinctively have to offer both Christians and non-Christians in America? Should Anglicans have more of a “confessional” identity? Is the new catechism an attempt to develop a more confessional identity, especially given Dr. Packer’s recommendation to teach it in ACNA parishes at the Provincial Assembly?”

o Abp. Beach: “Let me answer that last question first. I think a lot of us get in trouble when we think we have the Anglican identity, because we’re a diverse lot. From our formation days back in the Reformation, we’ve been a diverse group. Currently ”“ and this is something I think that’s very distinctive about who we are ”“ we are a group that is Anglo-Catholic, Evangelical, and Charismatic. Some call that the ”˜Three Streams,’ and that’s a simple way of explaining it. But, even some of our most Anglo-Catholic folks would be more charismatic than I am. All of us tend to have those three streams somewhere in our mix. I think that’s very unique for American Christianity today. All of us have our core; my core would be evangelical. Although I have the other two pieces, my core or default is evangelical. But, these streams enable us to bring the richness of the breadth of Christianity, and it’s truly powerful when these streams are together.

Jacob: “Should Anglicans have more of a “confessional” identity? Is the new catechism an attempt to develop a more confessional identity, especially given Dr. Packer’s recommendation to teach it in ACNA parishes at the Provincial Assembly?”

o Abp. Beach: “Anglicans are pretty confessional already. If you say Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer, we confess the Apostles’ Creed. On Sundays, we confess the Nicene Creed. The Anglican Church in North America is a product of the Jerusalem Declaration, which is a very confessional statement. I would say we’re already very confessional. The purpose of the catechism is to introduce Christianity to a culture that is no longer a Christian culture, and the intent is to bring the basic teaching of the faith this culture.”

Jacob: “Does this catechism represent a more ”˜missional outlook,’ would you say?”

o Abp. Beach: “More than any other catechism we’ve had in history, our catechism very missional. All of the other catechisms were written for cultures that were already Christian. Ours begins by describing how you even become a Christian. And then, all throughout it, there are references to the faith and prayers to pray. With the online version, there will be links to deeper articles. Again, the intent is to be missional. But at the same time, we want Anglicans to be disciples. We want Anglicans who understand not only what we believe, but why we believe it.”

Read the full interview at Juicy Ecumenicism

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), Anglican Identity

Wonderful and not to be Missed–Robin Williams as troops "Retreat" at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * General Interest, Defense, National Security, Military, Humor / Trivia, Military / Armed Forces

(Quartz) An obituary for Robin Williams in the form of some of his best scenes

Take a look at them all.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Death / Burial / Funerals, Movies & Television, Parish Ministry

A Prayer For Proper Stewardship to Begin the Day

Almighty God, the source of all that we can have, and all that we can hope for,

Grant that we may be worthy custodians of the earth in which we dwell.

Make us creative so that we will not burden others;

Make us conservative so that we will not squander what comes our way;

Make us perceptive so that we may properly weigh our necessities against the needs of others;

Make us generous so that we may give freely of what we have that others can enjoy a portion of our fortune.

Remove from us all trust in anything but thee;

Strengthen us in the knowledge that thou wilt always provide all that we really need;

And finally, by thy Grace, instill in us that perfect desire to be thy servants and ultimately to be with thee in thy Heavenly Kingdom,

Who reignest forever and ever, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

–The Pastor’s Prayerbook

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Parish Ministry, Spirituality/Prayer, Stewardship

Robin Williams RIP

Robin Williams died this morning, his publicist confirms. You can read a statement from his wife Susan Schneider there.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, Death / Burial / Funerals, Humor / Trivia, Movies & Television, Parish Ministry

[9 Marks] Book Review: Taking God at His Word, by Kevin DeYoung

Note: The Kindle version of Kevin DeYoung’s book is currently on sale at Amazon for $1.99

[i]Since Kendall posted his open thread on books earlier today, this elf thought some readers might be interested in the 9 Marks’ review of the book Taking God at His Word, by Kevin DeYoung.[/i]

And confidence in Scripture is crucial for our confidence in the gospel Scripture preaches and the God Scripture reveals. So I’m grateful for a growing list of books on Scripture that have stirred and strengthened my faith.

For instance, Warfield’s The Inspiration and Authority of Scripture laid a bedrock foundation I return to constantly. Packer’s “Fundamentalism” and the Word of God crystallizes and condenses some of the same essential arguments. Bavinck’s Prolegomena is lucid, rock-solid, and pastorally perceptive. Timothy Ward’s Words of Life helpfully unpacks Scripture’s role in God’s plan of salvation, as does Scott Swain’s outstanding Trinity, Revelation, and Reading.

Kevin DeYoung’s new book Taking God at His Word now occupies a special place on this list. It’s the best book I’m aware of on the doctrine of Scripture that virtually any church member can read.

In eight short chapters, DeYoung traces the basic contours of what the Bible teaches about the Bible. He begins in chapter 1 with a brief exposition of Psalm 119, because “The goal of this book is to get us believing what we should believe about the Bible, feeling what we should about the Bible, and to get us doing what we ought to do with the Bible”

Read the full review at 9Marks Journal

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Books, Theology, Theology: Scripture

From Ebola crisis to children at the border, does charity have limits?

From today’s Washington Post, by a writer based in Charlotte, following the news that several SIM missionaries are returning to Charlotte and will be quarantined there.

“But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” or so says the lesson in the Gospel of John in the New Testament. It is a simple message that is now being tested by several modern-day crises, with complications that range from compassion overload to an instinct to protect loved ones close to home.

Charlotte, where I live, waits with support, careful interest and some apprehension after news that missionaries, some of whom have worked with and around patients with the Ebola virus, will be returning to the city. […]

There has been backlash to the loud voices of criticism ”“ that would be Donald Trump protesting the U.S. treatment of the sick, and Ann Coulter, questioning missionaries working in “disease-ridden cesspools” of Africa. But others are more calmly uncomfortable. Retired neurosurgeon and conservative activist Ben Carson said doctors should have flown overseas to treat Ebola patients there.

Admonitions to be our brother’s keeper are tempered with concern over things that are easy to fear and difficult to understand. It’s what happens when the generosity many Americans take pride in is complicated by practical concerns and worries. You can hear it in the low tones of good people who nonetheless have doubts.

You can hear it as Americans debate the fate of children fleeing violence in Central America. Many want to help and would never stand in the road angrily jeering busloads of women and children, but they also want to know laws are being followed. While the plight of resilient Yazidis escaping with the aid of American airstrikes is a survival story to cheer, for many that support would stop at the point it meant American soldiers on the ground.

In Charlotte, a city welcoming those returning from a mission of mercy, well-wishers also wonder about the limits of compassion. There is caution underlying the support in an overwhelming world that can seem full of danger and unfilled need. But were the Writebols and Brantly on to something? Would the fight against Ebola be further along if the international community had paid more attention when the victims were limited to countries many know little about?

The full article is here.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Health & Medicine, Religion & Culture

Professor Richard Bauckham Lectures Livestreamed from University of Otago

Six Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures given by Professor Richard Bauckham on “The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers” may be watched live at 5:15 pm Dunedin Time [1:15 am Eastern Time 6:15 am London Time] live here or podcasted later here courtesy of the Department of Theology and Religion:

1. Tuesday August 12: The World of the Lake of Galilee
2. Wednesday August 13: The Fishing Industry
3. Thursday August 14: Zebedee and Sons
4. Tuesday August 19: Called to Fish for People
5. Wednesday August 20: Sons of Thunder
6. Thursday August 21: Jerusalem

More details thanks to Dr Peter Carrell at Anglican Down Under here

Posted in Theology