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The 1662 Book of Common Prayer, International

Book Review The 1662 Book of Common Prayer International Edition Given that the vast majority of 110 million Anglican Christians around belong to provinces that identify the 1662 Book of Common Prayer as their standard liturgy, it is no surprise that a publisher has...

Freedoms Assailed

One of the most concerning aspects of all the Covid restrictions is the way police, politicians, and governments have acquiesced so readily regarding the restrictions being placed and enforced on freedom of speech and worship in majority Christian nations—even in a...

Free Church of England Congregation Leaves After Actions of Bishops

The Church Council & Trustees of Emmanuel Anglican Church (FCE), Tunbridge Wells have unanimously voted to leave the denomination after actions by Bishop Primus (Presiding Bishop) John Fenwick and Bishop Paul Hunt have gone unanswered. The parish was a recent...

FCE Primus Accused of Blackmail & Racism

Free Church of England Bishop Primus, The Rt Revd John Fenwick has been accused of attempted blackmail and racism in a growing public dispute within the denomination. The FCE left the Church of England in 1844 and linked with the Reformed Episcopal Church in the US...

St Vincent Update

The West Indian island nation of St Vincent & the Grenadines is still struggling with the aftermath of a series of eruptions from the La Soufriere volcano that began 9 April. Twenty-thousand residents have been displaced by the disaster. Things have become more...

Dean of Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham Cites Ongoing Conflict within The Episcopal Church.

The Very Revd Andrew Pearson, Dean and Rector of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama has resigned. The large, downtown parish has long been a bulwark against an increasing departure from biblical standards within the Episcopal Church, USA....

Finnish Bishop-Elect Charged by Prosecutor

Finnish Bishop-Elect Charged by Prosecutor Over 2004 Booklet Supporting Biblical Teach on Sexuality FINLAND – Rev. Dr. Juhana Pohjola, Diocesan Dean and Bishop Elect of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland (ELMDF) has been charged by Finland’s...

Heidelberg Catechism

Lord’s Day 4 Q & A 9 Q. But doesn’t God do us an injustice by requiring in his law what we are unable to do? A. No, God created human beings with the ability to keep the law.1 They, however, provoked by the devil,2 in willful disobedience,3 robbed themselves and all...

Skrine Instituted as Rector of All Souls’

The Revd Charles Walter Douglas Skrine was instituted as Rector of All Souls’, Langham Place on Wednesday, 28 April. His predecessor was The Revd Hugh Palmer. Palmer had been rector of the parish since 2005 and Chaplain to HM The Queen since 2012. Skrine had been the...

‘Lockdowns’

30 April 2021 During the 3 'Lockdowns' over the past year preachers who minister the Gospel in the open air have continued to be stopped from fulfilling their ministry to the public. For example in the past 5 weeks alone we have noticed: On Saturday 20 March 2021 two...

It’s All About the Grace of Jesus

In the 7 weeks of the Christianity Explored course, there are two weeks that seem to elicit a negative reaction from at least one person in most classes.  You might ask which biblical topics would cause someone a problem (they are sin and grace) especially, if you come from a practising Christian family…or one that was once upon a time.  

The two topics are simple yet profound.  In my experience, a significant proportion of people from the UK and Ireland struggle with the concept of sin. They just do not believe that sin is something to be concerned about because they do not see themselves as sinners.  The Ten Commandments are a film shown on TV at Easter but rarely recited in worship or school. 

On the other hand, those from the USA can really kick about the matter of grace.   America is a great meritocracy.  Everyone gets what they earn or that for which they’ve worked. It is nothing more and nothing less.  Grace is most foreign.

Biblically speaking, it shouldn’t be an issue because the bible tells us that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  Regarding grace, it tells us that it is by grace that we are saved, not of works lest any man should boast.

You see, grace was and is God’s response to sin; our sin, yours and mine not just the other fellow’s.  Grace is the free unmerited favour of God lavished on those who were once his enemies.  It isn’t something we can work for nor earn.  It is the gift of God and what a gift it is!

In the 1950s, my maternal grandmother was quite ill and required a rather lengthy hospitalisation.  She must have  been very close to death because it forever marked her personality.  Hospital bills were just as correspondingly expensive then in the US as today.  My grandfather didn’t know what to do and he was in a fix.  He literally had no means of paying the money.  All his unrelenting work and self-reliance had not left him prepared.

Then grace stepped in…and from a most unlikely source.  Years later, my granddad told me the story and he was still overwhelmed by what had happened.  You see, grace showed in the form of Mr Ed.  There wasn’t a man in our community that people thought less of than him. Many could recount his real or imagined sins and transgressions.

My granddad said it happened this way.  “A truck pulled up and out got Mr Ed.  He came to the door and greeted me and said.  “I heard about your wife’s illness.  You must have a big bill.”  My granddad said, “Yeah, and I don’t have an idea as to how I’ll ever pay it.”  Mr Ed looked him square in the eye and asked, “Herbert, what was it?”  He answered, “It’s $1,100.”  

At that, my granddad’s voice quavered, and he said, “Son, he opened up the bib pocket of his overalls and pulled out a wad of one hundred-dollar bills.  Then he peeled off eleven and handed them to me.  I tried to say no but he wouldn’t hear of it.  He shook my hand and walked back to his truck and went home.”

What Mr Ed did was a true act of grace.  No one really knew where he got his money, but he did for my grandparents what they couldn’t do for themselves.  That is the way God’s grace is given to us.  We don’t earn it, but he lavishes it on us who believe.  We have no way of paying our sin debt apart from that grace, but that grace covers the entire bill.  It’s all about the grace of Jesus.  Have you experienced it?

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