John Boys and the Tradition of Prayer Book Commentary

For Anglicans, commentary on our liturgy has been — more than in any other tradition — one of the main vehicles for exploring, explaining, and debating our doctrine. This has led to some unfortunate exaggerations, like the false notion that Anglicans don’t have a theology, only set forms of prayer. Nevertheless, as Archbishop Ramsey liked…

The Glowing Door

  After Reading the Poetry of Jones Very,        Unitarian and Mystic (1813-1880)      Jones Very stood alone, within a circle which no other       of mortal race could enter, nor himself escape from.         Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Hall of Fantasy” *          but then face to face        …

Holy Orders and Headship

In October, the Rev. Dr. Emily McGowin wrote an article defending women’s ordination against objections from those who insist only a man can become a priest and administer rites in persona Christi. There have been several responses to her article already, and I do not want to simply echo those articles. But McGowin raised a…

What I Got for Christmas

Let me revise the question, “What did you get for Christmas?” to “What did you get for Christmastide?” In the days immediately following Christmas, one hears a repeated refrain about taking down the tree, packing up the decorations, and finishing the leftovers. For many, the feast is obviously over. No doubt this sentiment prevails due…

E.L. Mascall: A Theologian in, from, and for the Church

Eric Lionel Mascall (1905-93) was one of the best–perhaps the sharpest and most lucid–of orthodox Anglican theologians in the twentieth century. An Anglican priest who finished his career as Professor of Historical Theology at King’s College in the University of London, Mascall excelled in mathematics at the university, and boasted of never having been formally…

A Year in Reading

It has been a good year for reading. Back in Michigan, Sarah and I read a handful of truly memorable novels together in our little cottage on the edge of the wood. Since leaving home to study theology and the arts here at St. Andrews, I have had an excuse to pick up lots of…

Grey Stone

From youth this cool, grey stone enchanted me, Its beauty one with its simplicity: The Archer of Aphaia poised to strike, Or mighty Neptune with his triple spike, The pointed arches of the Notre-Dame, Ascending heavenward with perfect calm: Their colors were but subtlety and shade, Nor garish nor flamboyant, rather made of naught but…

The Protestant Monastery by George Wheler

GLORY BE TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST AND ON EARTH PEACE GOOD WILL TOWARDS MEN. TO THE Devout Perusers Of the following TREATISE Dear Friends, Christian Brethren, and Fellow Servants: I hope this my design and desire in publishing this small book, being to promote the glory of God among you, will not be unacceptable…

Ministers, Be Prepared

St. Paul commended Timothy to always preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Timothy was discipled by his master to constantly and vigilantly be prepared to teach the Word of God regardless the season, the circumstance, and the adversity.

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