Monthly Archives: January 2022

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J. C. Ryle on What Evangelical Religion Is (Part 4)

Reading further in Ryle’s Knots Untied, here is a fourth installment from Ryle on what evangelical religion is: ( d ) The fourth leading feature in Evangelical Religion is the high place which it assigns to the inward work of the Holy Spirit in the heart of man . Its theory is that the root and foundation of all…

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Book Review: “Clothed With Salvation” and “A Priest Forever”

Shortly after I received a review copy of Clothed With Salvation, I left the volume on the table in our parish vestry, where it was seen by our Deacon. His face immediately lit up as he recognized the cover photo of the 1911 class of Nashotah House, his alma mater. When he read the author’s…

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Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article III

Article III. Of the going down of Christ into Hell. As Christ died for us, and was buried; so also it is to be believed that He went down into Hell. De descensu Christi ad Inferos. QUEMADMODUM Christus pro nobis mortuus est, et sepultus, ita est etiam credendus ad inferos descendisse. TO the understanding of…

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“I quarrel not the making of images”

the theology and practice of images in the Jacobean and Caroline Church of England   “And that Images are things indifferent of themselves, is granted in the Homilies which are against the very Peril of Idolatry.”[1] The words are those of Archbishop Laud at his trial, when confronted with charges of ‘Popish idolatry’. Such charges…

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Book Release: Clara’s Bees by Catharine Savage Brosman

We are excited to announce the release of Catharine Savage Brosman’s new collection of poems, Clara’s Bees, on our literary imprint, Little Gidding Press. In this expansive collection of poems, Catharine Savage Brosman surveys life in contemporary New York, wartime France, and medieval Europe. Along with imaginative scope, these poems attend to the particulars of…

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Book Review: “As It Is in Heaven”

As It Is in Heaven: A Biblical, Historical, and Theological Introduction to the Traditional Church and Her Worship. By Fr. Paul A.F. Castellano. Tucson, AZ: Wheatmark, 2021. 316 pp. $19.95 (paper). As It Is in Heaven is a tour de force on why we should worship liturgically. I am a huge fan of this book…

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Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article II

Article II. Of the Word or Son of God which was made very Man. THE Son, which is the Word of the Father, begotten from everlasting of the Father, the very and eternal GOD, and of one substance with the Father, took man’s nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin, of her substance: so…

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Retro Book Review: The Returns of Love, Part I

In May 1971, the American Psychiatric Association was bracing for trouble. They were preparing to hold their annual convention in Washington, D. C. The previous year’s convention in San Francisco had been disrupted by a militant band of gay activists. Strategically planting themselves in breakout sessions on sexuality, the protestors had successfully turned the academic…

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Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article I (Part 2)

Section II. — Scriptural Proof. HAVING thus far given a history of the doctrine contained in this Article, I proceed to the proof from Scripture. So much of the subject may seem to belong to natural religion that we might easily be tempted to begin with proofs from reason alone. It appears to me, however,…

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Further Thoughts on the Elizabethan Settlement

Being a bishop and a parish clergyman, I basically do not have that much time for systematic research, so many of the things that I find out come to me accidentally. For example, earlier this week I was looking for something on the Württemberg Confession and Google produced an article entitled “Lutheran Influences on the…

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