Monthly Archives: October 2020

The Impact of Parish Schools Will Last a Lifetime

What if choosing the right kind of school could help students stay committed to their faith, their church, their society, and their Lord? We would want more of those schools! A recent study from the University of Notre Dame’s sociology department—sponsored by the Association of Classical Christian Schools—reveals that former students of classical Christian schools…

Ode to Paniskos

  “Πάνισκος κεχρη” -P.Lond. III 658 What we share when the nights grow cold is the thrill of life’s noble luster. Perhaps you too, like me, will remember the fiery sight of water running west at night like power untouched even by the gods. They come to you, caked in sand and suffering, wishing to…

Blessed Virgin, Rugged Cross

It seems plain that the Roman and Orthodox traditions have been more right than wrong about Mary. As a purely historical and scriptural matter, the perpetual virginity seems a fact so plain–even to the great Bible-men Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli–that it is astounding to me that the idea got lost along the way in American…

Wishful Theology and Romanticized History

We all know the dangers of the pot calling the kettle black. Professor Gillis Harp’s review of The Future of Orthodox Anglicanism is an illustration of this truism. He charges that the theology of several of its essays (mine and Barbara Gauthier’s) is “wishful” because they evince a “romantic sacramentalism” derived from “outdated” histories of…

The Little Place

That little place—it burned in May this year, Touched, torched by riot flames in the city… What city? Could be any city now; It doesn’t matter which or where. They’re all Debris and fatwood meant to kindle fire. That little place—familiar, homely, worn. You sent a video of girls at play In spars and ashes…

The Relative Positions of the Presider, Table, and Assembly at Communion Part I

When, in John’s Gospel, Jesus meets with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, she comments on the disagreement between Samaritans and Jews regarding where God had appointed sacrifices to be offered — Mount Gerizim or Zion. Jesus replies, Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain,…

Is the Eucharistology of the Anglican Reformation Patristic? – Part 3

Part III of III: After Article 29 SUMMARY OF PAST TWO ESSAYS In Part One of these essays, I sought to demonstrate that the Fathers held a real, objective view of Christ’s presence under the form of bread and wine, and that this can be distinguished as differing from the view of the “Jewel-school” of…

Sunken Island

  Leaving, we took the path of least resistance, paved and prone to floods; returning now, we tramp through mud to lawns awash with silt. The walls we never mended here, the banks we never built, have left us bare. The life once tended here, its honed and hard-won peace, these currents with relentless ease…

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Book Review: “Simply Anglican: An Ancient Faith for Today’s World”

Bevins, Winfield. Simply Anglican: An Ancient Faith for Today’s World. Prosper, TX: Anglican Compass, 2020. 168pp. Paperback $17.99. When I was returning to my Anglican/Episcopal roots as an adult, rediscovering the Book of Common Prayer was the most important contributing factor. Two other books, however, were almost as influential as the BCP: Robert Webber’s Worship…

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