Bishop Keith Ackerman’s Sermon at the 222nd Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina

What a Bishop we have today!

+A scholar
+A pastor to his clergy and la
+Supported by most of his Diocese
+Not supported by members of the National leadership
+Biblically and Theologically orthodox but in uninformed opinions of some canonically disobedient
+Maligned by a small group
+Censure by fellow bishops
+Caring and loving and yet tenacious
+Believes that Anglicanism is a continuation of the Church founded by Christ Himself, that made its way to the British Isles long before St. Augustine was sent from Rome
+More concerned with pleasing God than pleasing man

That is the Bishop we remember today, the Rt. Revd Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, born on the Feast of St. Thomas a Becket 1829 and dying on March 8, 1910, 102 years ago today. What a remarkable servant of God he was, and if his contemporaries, whose names are long forgotten, had any idea that he would be remembered in the Church Calendar, they would have been astounded. After all he was found guilty by the cclesiastical Court of the Church of England for simply believing that the Church must be true to Her roots.

Read it all.


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2 comments on “Bishop Keith Ackerman’s Sermon at the 222nd Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina

  1. tjmcmahon says:

    Kendall, thanks so much for posting this. I am reasonably sure that for many in the hall, the revelation when +Keith Ackerman named +Edward King as the man he was describing, and not +Mark Lawrence (he was describing +Mark also- which was the point, of course) must have come as a surprise.
    As long as we have bishops like +Lawrence and +Ackerman, there is hope for Anglicans in North America.

  2. MichaelA says:

    I agree – a very clever juxtaposition of similar historical situations. Well done +Ackerman.

    [blockquote] “It is said of him that under his supervision Cuddeston became a worshipping community where individual and communal spiritual life flourished.” [/blockquote]
    A great shame then that his good work was undone through the destructive attentions of one Robert Runcie in the 1960s.