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The Funeral Message I Did Not Deliver

Recently at my church we had an event take place that was so horrific it's hard to write about.  One of our more esteemed members, with an active lay ministry, shot and killed himself in front on his wife on Christmas Eve after losing his job.  For a long list of reasons (not the least …

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Henry Louttit: Not a Chip off the Old Block

The letter from the Bishop of Georgia, Henry Louttit, to his oldest parish trying to force them to pay up to an Episcopal Church they have no confidence in shows in vivid terms how far the Episcopal Church has gone in the last forty years. As we reminisce in a piece from our "Palm Beach …

Leaving the Episcopal Church: Doing What Has to be Done

The in-process exodus from the Episcopal church by various parishes in Northern Virginia has been greeted with glee by many in the Anglican community. The reality is, however, that what they are doing is more of a necessity than a joy.  When a denomination or other church organisation decides to abandon the basics of Christianity, …

What Episcopalians Used to Expect from Themselves

On the back of an Episcopal baptismal certificate, 1863. The only similarity between then and now is the authoritarian command of the church. And these days the Episcopal Church is getting its authority from somewhere other than above. After Jesus had come into the Temple Courts, the Chief Priests and the Councillors of the Nation …

An Advent Reflection

Although the Thanksgiving holiday is past, we as Christians should not make it an end of being thankful. Being thankful to God for all of the blessings that He has given us—especially the gift of redemption by His Son Jesus Christ—must be a part of our daily living. The same psalm that says “Let us …

The Basic Problem(s) with the Episcopal Church

We found the whole report entitled "Is the Episcopal Church Growing (or Declining?)" a fascinating one to digest, not only from a ministry professional standpoint but as an analysis of the present state of the TEC. ("Present" may be a stretch; the report stops in 2002, just before the firestorm erupted over Vickie Gene Robinson's …

British Airways Defeated by the Cross

We are gratified that British Airways has finally seen daylight on the issue of whether one of their check-in personnel could wear a small cross on the job. What surprises us is that so much of the UK, a society that is riddled with rabid secuarlism and political correctness, rose up in outcry over this …

Catholic vs. Episcopal Liturgical Changes: The Difference

Dr. Peter Toon's article on Virtue Online about the difference between the changes wrought by the Catholic and Episcopal churches in the 1960's and 1970's is essentially correct but needs some expansion, particularly on the Catholic side of things. The years preceding Vatican II were interesting ones in Catholic thought because there were two trends …

The Holy Father Looks for the Best

Back in 2004, we wrote an article entitled Think Before You Convert. In it we went through the pros and cons of Anglicanism vs. Roman Catholicism. We also said the following: One thing that gets kicked around in Anglican circles is the idea of an "Anglican Rite" within Roman Catholicism. From a Roman Catholic viewpoint, …

Virtue Online Features LifeBuilders Essentials

In a recent digest, Virtue Online says the following about LifeBuilders Essentials: LIFEBUILDERS ESSENTIALS. A discipleship course for men, co-authored with Patrick Morley, author of The Man in the Mirror. Wrote Don C. Warrington: "We use the 39 Articles as part of our instruction on the church and on its doctrine. The relationship between Anglican …

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