Achor and Friends: Hosanna to the Son of David

Dove 54 (1978) Achor, the North London group which put together these albums, got some friends together and did yet another one.  The music is very much in the tradition of the previous albums: good, straightforward Christian folk with an emphasis on songs taken directly from the Scriptures.  And the benefits of that (esp. with …

Another Democrat War in the Making

Back in 1976, when Bob Dole was running for Vice President, during his debate with Walter Mondale he made the following statement: I figured it up the other day: If we added up the killed and wounded in Democrat wars in this century, it would be about 1.6 million Americans — enough to fill the city …

Justin Welby's "Drunk Man" Needs to Sober Up. So Does Justin Welby.

It may come as a surprise to some of my Anglican friends, but I actually made one attempt to formally return to the Episcopal Church.  That took place about thirty-five years ago.  I attended and moved my membership to a small Episcopal church.  One Sunday the selection from the Psalter was Psalm 69, which includes …

The Filioque and the "Field Hands"

Last year this blog featured Frederick Gere and Milton Williams' The Winds of God, which was one of the earliest Episcopal "folk Masses" produced.  Attempting to break out of the traditional Episcopal mould of music, the folk Mass featured several types of music.  One of them was the Nicene Creed, where choir director Milton Williams …

Rowan Williams' Dismissial of Western Christians' Persecution is Premature

The man who couldn't stay ahead of the realities of the Anglican Communion is a little behind the curve on this one too: Lord Williams said religious believers should be wary of complaining about their treatment in the Western world, with those claiming they are "persecuted" making him "very uneasy". He added the level of …

Should Have Worn a Hijab and a Confederate Flag

Failure to do so resulted in this: Jay McDowell, an economics teacher, bought one of those shirts and wore it in class that day. McDowell then showed his students a video about a gay teenager who committed suicide, and devoted the rest of the class period to discussion. Daniel entered McDowell’s classroom for the sixth …

The Provincial Boors Get Their Comeuppance

Or more properly the (Alexander) Boot: What comes naturally to most Americans is ‘the pursuit of happiness’ stipulated in their founding document – not the pursuit of beauty or, God forbid, the truth. This has produced the happiest society in the West, and also the least Western. There’s a price to pay for secularism, and …

Global Citizen. Really?

It's the goal of @pbenedictii, the new Headmaster of my old Episcopal prep school, St. Andrew's in Boca Raton: Q. What would you say is your priority? A. We have to prepare our students to be global citizens and will change the curriculum to understand that citizenship. Meanwhile across town we have the blog of …

Genteel Episcopalianism is Indeed Gone: A Family View

@markdtooley documents it well: Former U.S. Senator Harry Byrd, Jr. was buried on Saturday in Winchester Virginia after a brief funeral at Christ Episcopal Church, with which the Byrd dynasty was long associated. Presiding at the funeral was his former colleague retired U.S. Senator John Danforth, an ordained Episcopal clergyman who also presided at President Reagan’s …

On Councils, FiFNA, Icons and Intercession

One of the more recent kerfuffles in the Anglican world surrounds the recently adopted statement of belief by FiFNA (Forward in Faith North America for those who aren't nourished on the Anglican alphabet soup), the Anglo-Catholic organisation.  The point of controversy is #8, which affirms that the (first) Seven Ecumenical Councils are in fact "ecumenical …

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