Monthly Archives: February 2024

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Anglican Identity in Unity? Challenges and Opportunities

A friend has wisely stated at various times: “All churches and denominations have their warts, the question is which ones are you willing to live with?” This quote has stayed with me for many years as an evangelical and an Anglican. It has stayed with me because I have found it to be true and…

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An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XXXVIII

Article XXXVIII. Of Christian men’s Goods, which are not common. The Riches and Goods of Christians are not common, as touching the right, title, and possession of the same, as certain Anabaptists do falsely boast. Notwithstanding, every man ought, of such things as he possesseth, liberally to give alms to the poor, according to his…

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The Only Security

Seeking a Definition Whether times are tumultuous or calm, Christians must ask what it means to be a Christian. In tumultuous times such as these, the question certainly feels more urgent. The assertion that Christians do not have to hold to traditional moral standards is a tacit redefinition of what it means to be a…

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Blurb for “The Witness of Beauty”: Timon Cline

“These essays will be, at times, unsettling for the American Protestant reader. Defying (recent) conventional wisdom and trends, James Clark moves through wide-ranging considerations of politics and culture, including insights on everything from architecture to Thomas Aquinas to Christopher Nolan, drawing on influences from Plato to Cardinal Ratzinger to Rod Dreher. Most provocative is his…

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Brothers (and Sisters), We Ought Not Be Congregationalists

In a recent Twitter/X (whatever it’s properly referred to these days) post Jeff Walton, Anglican Program Director at the Institute for Religion and Democracy, wrote: Many fail to realize that the ACNA is functionally a congregationalist denomination where the laity rarely see beyond their local parish, aside from the yearly episcopal visitation. Few are engaged…

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Exerpt #4 From “The Witness of Beauty and Other Essays” by James Clark

  “There is never a situation in which we have no choice but to commit sin. God does not oblige us to break the very laws that are derived from His eternal Being, and those who teach otherwise, however well-intentioned their motives, are laying a grievous millstone on the necks of their listeners.” ~James Clark~…

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What Makes a Council Ecumenical [Commentary on Browne: Article XXI]

In order to discuss the thorny statement in Article XXI that general councils “may err, and sometimes have erred, even in things pertaining unto God,” it is first necessary to establish what precisely a general council is, as well as whether and how a general council differs from an ecumenical council. In referring to councils,…

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Blurb for “The Witness of Beauty”: Charles Erlandson

“As the Church has become less influential and respected by the dominant culture in the twenty-first century, Christian thinkers have been pondering how the Church can continue to be the light of the world. In his collection of essays, The Witness of Beauty, James Clark offers a stimulating kaleidoscope of answers to this pressing question….

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Spiritual Growth: Reflections on the Parable of the Sower

The ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience (Lk. 8:15). How we understand the meaning and goal of life he main barrier to spiritual growth is the temptation to look at life from the wrong…

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