Monthly Archives: July 2022


A Proposal: Purim Redux

The Book of Esther recounts a plan to commit genocide against the Jews during their time of exile under the reign of the Persian king, Ahasuerus. The plot was hatched by one of the King’s officials by the name of Haman, who had a profound loathing for the Jews and used the machinations of government to…


Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XVIII

Article XVIII. Of obtaining Eternal Salvation only by the Name of Christ. THEY also are to be had accursed that presume to say, that every man shall be saved by the law or sect which he professeth, so that he be diligent to frame his life according to that law, and the light of nature….


Rejecting Nicea II (Again): Of Anglicans and Apostolic Faith and Practice

INTRODUCTION Let us give John Henry Newman, circa 1836 (before his own bishop’s rejection drove him mad for a certainty of his own devising), the first word, on the recent controversy over Iconodulia in the Anglican Church: We have indeed too often fought the Romanists on wrong grounds…we have argued the unscripturalness of image worship…


A Sermon Preached at the Ordination of Calvin Robinson to the Diaconate

Great to be here today. We’re here because we’re friends of Calvin. We’re his friends and admirers, but also and more importantly perhaps, because we’re in love with Jesus. It’s He who brings us together. I thought perhaps the best way to begin was to tell you of the time when I was sent shopping…


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

Section II. — Scriptural Proof. IN investigating the Scriptural doctrine of Election, it is of the utmost consequence to keep close to Scripture itself, and to keep clear of philosophy. The subject of God’s foreknowledge and predestination must be full of difficulty, and our question can only be, what is revealed to us, not what…


After Canada Day

Tiny Beach, July 3, 2021 After the lockdowns, After the ragged works and restless days Of these many months, Between four walls amplifying Each slight and jab Each offence and outrage Each rumor and testimony, Old grievances rubbed raw Beneath the added weight of waiting, After all this, and more, and less, My family and…


A New Daily Office Lectionary

INTRODUCTION   Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience, and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlast­ing life, which…


The Sin of Not Celebrating the Fall of Roe v Wade

There’s a curious suggestion among some self-attested pro-life Christians that we need to be measured in our response to Roe being, finally, overturned. The Gospel Coalition published an article that stated But as we welcome this ruling, we must be measured in our response. Now isn’t the time for the church to beat its chest in…


Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XVII (Part 1)

Article XVII. Of Predestination and Election. PREDESTINATION to life is the everlasting purpose of God, whereby (before the foundations of the world were laid) He hath constantly decreed by His counsel, secret to us, to deliver from curse and damnation those whom He hath chosen in Christ out of mankind, and to bring them by…


J. C. Ryle on The 39 Articles of Religion (Part 5)

From Knots Untied, here is Ryle’s assessment of how the Articles see Holy Scripture: (5) Let us mark, in the last place, as we read the Articles, the unvarying reverence with which they always speak of Holy Scripture. The inspiration of the Bible, no doubt, is never distinctly asserted. It is evidently taken for granted as a…

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