Monthly Archives: December 2020

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Confession Has a Home in Canterbury

Rediscovering the Anglican treasure of auricular confession with the Oxford Movement   I. Introduction When one hears the phrase “the Tracts,” the mind moves right away to the famous Tracts of the Times written by the men of the Oxford Movement, but Anglican evangelicals penned their own series of tracts. In these evangelical tracts, one…

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

Presiding from the North Side of the Table The 1662 Prayer Book prescribes that the priest preside from the north side of the table. Though it was the universal Anglican practice from the Restoration until the mid-nineteenth century, north side presidency is little known among Anglicans today.[1] Considering its general obscurity, I will explore the…

The Ballad of Whisky

You warm me from the inside out         And fill me to the brim. You charm me with your Scottish clout,         With your amber color dim. Now stoke the fire and pack your pipe,         Fill your glasses well. Your drink is not of common…

The Holy One of Israel in the Midst of Thee: Incarnation and the Holiness of God

“Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee” ~Isaiah 12:6 Holy Scripture begins where we must begin—with the grounding truth that God is not like us. Moreover, He is not like anything at all. He is incomparable, incomprehensible; sui generis—utterly unique, in…

The Clergyman and the Prayer Book

This piece is taken from “To My Younger Brethren: Chapters on Pastoral Life and Work” written in 1902 by Handley Moule, at the time the Bishop of Durham. Moule was one of the leaders of the “Evangelical” party alongside J.C. Ryle, what today we might call “Old Low Church,” although by the standards of modern…

Re-Visioning Lancelot Andrewes: A New Course at the Davenant Institute

Published in partnership with The Davenant Institute. My first encounter with Lancelot Andrewes was by accident. I admit (somewhat reluctantly) that I was actually on the trail of a Puritan and instead I happened upon the “stella praedicantium” (the star of preachers), as a contemporary once called him. It was in the lady chapel of…

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Bleak Midwinter: why we need an Old High Church Advent

Of all the old festivals, however, that of Christmas awakens the strongest and most heartfelt associations. There is a tone of solemn and sacred feeling that blends with our conviviality, and lifts the spirit to a state of hallowed and elevated enjoyment. The services of the church about this season are extremely tender and inspiring….

Ecphrasis on ‘Tree Growing from Adam’s Grave’

(Friday Hours of the Compassion—Terce) in The Hours of Catherine of Cleves, vol. M, p. 87 Seasoned scenes release their power in yellow. Toward the end the sunset folds away all Footpaths to the city. A pale opossum Lumbers by as if the night will always Fall. There’s a lid—it looks some like a door—laid…

The Teeny Ghosts

Once I had a friend with a rollicking head of hair and shining eyes and an air of mischief that came from the turned-up nose and the near-laughter look on her face. Maeve saw no reason not to love and be loved, and she once confided in me that she had been pregnant seven times…

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Finding Christ and Salvation in Job

Job was a righteous man who had it all, that is, until Satan was given full access to Job to test his faith. At his lowest moment–without family, health, or home–was Job blessed or cursed? Simple answers are simply inadequate. It is obvious that Job was blessed in the beginning and end of the narrative,…

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