NEW

We Wish You a Merry Saturnalia: Northern Churchman

We Wish You a Merry Saturnalia? The Northern Churchman There is a familiar feel to this time of year. The Christmas advertising on television, the darker evenings, the Carol Services – and the inevitable scoffers who call the Christmas story a myth. Not ‘Once in Royal...

Mark Pickles: The Story of Two Trampolines

Gospel-Driven Anglicanism By the Revd Dr Mark Pickles The Story of the Two Trampolines:  A passage that is frequently referred to during times of great revival is Isaiah 64:1-3:  “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your...

Ten Thousand Bibles for London’s Children

TBS Auxiliary Meets Ten Thousand Bibles For London’s Children The Greater London Auxiliary of the Trinitarian Bible Society was delighted to report at its Annual Meeting held on 15 November that over 10,000 Bibles have been distributed to London schools since the...

Good News for Egypt’s Christians

Barnabas Fund Reports Good News for Egypt’s Christians The government of Egypt licensed 125 churches and church-affiliated buildings on 14 November. It is the 24th batch of approvals made since the government committee overseeing the licensing process started work in...

Church Society’s Response to MP Ben Bradshaw

Church Society’s Response to MP Ben Bradshaw In the aftermath of Desmond Tutu’s daughter being refused permission to preside at a funeral in a Church of England parish, Labour MP Ben Bradshaw told The Guardian that the “C of E must move swiftly to welcome lesbian...

Collins: Who’s Your Righteousness?

Who’s Your Righteousness? By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins Who’s your righteousness? "The Lord our Righteousness" was the sermon preached March 20, 1757 at St. Mary's Church in Oxford. It offended nearly everyone that day and William Romaine was invited to never preach...

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Act of 1963

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Act of 1963 Persons Against Whom Proceedings May be Instituted. Proceedings under this Measure may be instituted against an archbishop, any diocesan bishop or any suffragan bishop commissioned by a diocesan bishop or any other bishop or a...

Editorial: Joy to the World Cup

Editorial Joy to the World Cup The result of the 2022 FIFA World Cup is already in. And it appears the Church of England has lost. The latest advice from the Church of England’s Support Hub is for parishes to consider the timing of Christmas Carol Services to avoid...

Symes to Step Down from Anglican Mainstream Leadership

Symes to Step Down from Anglican Mainstream Leadership By Chris Sugden Andrew Symes is to stand down as Executive Secretary of Anglican Mainstream on January 1, 2023, after nearly ten years in post. Rev Symes, 56, who had earlier served with Crosslinks in South...

Retired Bishop Given Life Suspension

Retired Bishop Given Life Suspension By George Conger The former Bishop of Ramsbury has been suspended for life from the ordained ministry after he admitted to having sexually abused two women. The Daily Mail reported the Rt Rev. Peter Hullah had been the subject of...

Reformation Sunday Advert

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:                       

15 October 2021.

My ‘Advert’ titled “Reformation Sunday 31 October” said, “The Church of England should still celebrate this 500th year since Martin Luther declared at the ‘Diet of Worms’ in 1521, “Here I stand. God help me. I can do no other”.” I also quoted the words of Anglicanism’s historic 39 Articles of Religion relating to salvation. Later I asked the editor of English Churchman to add ‘Articles XXVIII. Of the Lord’s Supper.’ ‘XXX. O Both Kinds.’ and ‘XXXI. Of the One Oblation of Christ Finished upon the Cross.’ I had sent a copy of the advert to Revd Canon Chuck Collins.

Having now read Revd Canon Chuck Collins ‘Feature’ titled “Real Presence” EC page 6 on 8/10/2021, I can see that the EC Editor was wise to decline my request to add the 3 Articles. -It might have caused disquiet among protestants to associate these 3 key Anglican Articles on the Lord’s supper with an advert celebrating Martin Luther’s traditional launch day of the Reformation on 31 October. Revd Collins, in his ‘Feature’, makes clear that we owe our understanding of the Lord’s supper, set out in the Anglican’s Articles, to Thomas Cranmer (and John Calvin). Not to Martin Luther. The meaning of the Lord’s Supper being the one Article on which Martin Luther and Ulrich Zwingli could not agree at their meeting on 1-4 October 1529. In his ‘Feature’ Revd Collins has neatly indicated that Martin Luther “Was never too sure about what happened to the bread and wine in Holy Communion”.

I remember years ago my despairing to a Protestant News Editor that “We have singularly failed to get out to the world what Protestant’s believe about the Lord’s supper”. But now Revd Collins has got this out in the open, can we please proclaim these amazing Biblical truths about the Lord’s supper from the housetops. -While there are still enough of us alive to do the job. (Hopefully we can all agree that we cannot base our beliefs on uncertainty. Surely the Anglican 3 Articles remove that uncertainty?).

So-far we have put the ‘Reformation Sunday 31 October’ advert into 7 Christian newspapers. I am told by those 7, based on their circulation figures, that they will be printing over 42,000 copies of that advert. Which suggests that over 80,000 Christians may have a chance to read the Reformation Articles. How about taking a photo copy of the advert in English Churchman and posting a copy of it to every Parish Church in your area? -It’s probably not a good idea to nail it to the church door! Luther in his day hoped that some might repent when they get the Biblical truth. 

Roland R. Parsons

West Country

Previous

Next