Monthly Archives: December 2023

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OUR GERMAN COUSINS: LITURGY IN THE EVANGELICAL AND REFORMED CHURCH

Anglicans tend to worry about liturgy in the same way that cage-stage Calvinists worry about the Ordo Salutis – obsessively. This can blind them to the fact that the Eucharistic Rite of the Book of Common Prayer is not a unique creation, but the product of the widespread endeavor to reform the liturgy in accordance…

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Anglicanism and the Church of Rome [Commentary on Browne: Article XIX]

Before getting to our present focus, a preliminary word: one of the marks of the visible church, according to Article XIX, is that “the Sacraments be duly ministered,” and as Browne adds, part of what it means for the sacraments to be duly ministered is that those ministering them be “rightly ordained.” He goes on…

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Give the King Thy Judgments, O LORD (Part II)

In the previous post, we looked at the context in which Constantine ruled by highlighting the significant events of his rise and reign.  Constantine’s Reforms Having set out the events that shaped Constantine’s historical context, the reforms and policies of his reign must be considered in this light. First, Constantine made reforms in the law…

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Transposing Deity

Rounded shoulders loom over my chest, so tight burdened by my cross: is it like yours? Pressed nose-close the ground all light absorbs where darkness drowns already-strainéd sight. Jaundiced doldrums swallow dispirited hope, I look up the deep hole to see only the tiniest of light halos so very far above me. The best of…

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