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Anglican Futures: Anglican Alphabet Spaghetti

Anglican Futures Anglican Alphabetti Spaghetti A dummies guide to the plethora of organisations and acronyms linked to faithful Anglicans in the UK and Europe. I once spent some time around military personel.  Everything had its own TLA (Three Letter Acronym) right...

Canterbury Tales: Favourite Bible Stories Retold by Archbishop Justin Welby

Canterbury Tales Favourite Bible stories retold by Archbishop Justin Welby The Good Samaritan A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead, halfway...

Anglican Mission in England Elects Two Suffragan Bishops

Anglican Mission in England Elects Two Suffragan Bishops The Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) met in Synod on 18 June.  While there, they elected two suffragan bishops to aid Bishop Andy Lines in providing episcopal oversight for the overall work.  Bishop Lines also...

Pride Flags Causing Conflict at Christian School

Pride Flags Cause Conflict at Christian School Conflict has broken out in a Christian school in Oxfordshire over the display of “Pride” flags. The institution in question is Kingham Hill School.  The same Trust (Kingham Hill Trust) oversees Oak Hill College, an...

Prayer Book Society Raising Funds to Put BCPs in the Hands of Choristers

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Book Review: Reimagining Britain by Justin Welby

Reimagining Britain Foundations for Hope Justin Welby Bloomsbury, 2018, new edn. 2021 (ISBN: 978-1-4729-8497-5, 322pp, £12.99) The Archbishop of Canterbury has made several notable political interventions recently, including over ‘partygate’ and the Rwanda deportation...

Birthday of Anglicanism in America

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Barnabas Fund Report: Two ChiBok Girls Found

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New Bishop-elect for the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory

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Editorial: Lessons to be Learned from the American Pro-Life Movement

Editorial Lessons to be Learned from American Pro-Life Movement Friday, 24 June 2022, the Feast of St John the Baptist, will be a date which will live in infamy amongst the supporters of abortion.  On that date, the US Supreme Court, overturned the precedent set by...

Book Review: Spiritual Rest During Trials

Spiritual Rest During Trials

Hugh MacKail

Reformation Press, 2020 (ISBN: 9781912042166, 69pp, £6.20)

The year of our Lord 1662 is remembered south of the border as the tragic point when Cranmer’s peerless prayer book was cruelly edited and weaponised to eject hundreds of godly congregations and ministers from the national church. The settling-in of the restored Stuart monarchy and its schismatic ecclesial policies also however effected a broadly equivalent ejection in Scotland. Over recent decades, the Banner of Truth has kept in print many of the sermons of the English ‘Bartholomeans’ but those of the Scottish brethren are less known. This volume from Scottish Heritage puts in our hand one such sermon; one indeed of such note that it earned its author a martyr’s death in 1666, four years after its delivery. Spiritual Rest is particularly notable due to the youth of the preacher – MacKail was only 20 at the Restoration, having proceeded through a full course of formal education at the remarkable pace not uncommonly found in Scotland. 

A foreword is provided by David Campbell, a minister in the Free Church of Scotland (perhaps the modern denomination which may most justly claim inheritance of the covenanter mantle, albeit via the mediating influences of the 1690 Act of Settlement, the 1843 Disruption, and the schisms of 1900 and 2000). Campbell’s foreword sets MacKail’s sermon in its historic context, providing biographical information and a gloss on the theological perspectives at the time on Canticles (from which the text was drawn). The sermon text itself is made digestible with helpfully formatted headings and divisions and constitutes a homely exhortation to take true rest in Christ.

Edward Keene, Little Shelford

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