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Letter to the Editor: Response to the Last Editorial

Letter to the Editor Response to Last Edition’s Editorial Dear Editor, Thank you very much for your Christian charity and spirited editorial, Friday 8th October 2021, ( E.C. No.8090).  Also thanks are due to you for reprinting so much excellent reformed evangelical...

Letter to the Editor: The Murder of Sir David Amess

Murder of Sir David Amess Dear Editor, I grieve at the loss of a friend and former Party colleague Sir David Amess, MP who was murdered in an increasingly dangerous world. In the 70s I worked with David in the Young Conservatives before he became an MP and he was...

Reformation Sunday Advert

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Leicester Diocese Illogical

Letter to the Editor Leicester Diocese Illogical   Sir, Leicester Diocese’s decision on 9 October to replace its traditional Parishes with ‘Minsters' is both spiritually and financially illogical.  The Church of England’s own growth report ‘From Anecdote to...

Barnabas Fund Reports: Turkey Escalates Airstrikes Against Christians in Syria & Iraq

Barnabas Fund Reports Turkey Escalating Airstrikes Against Christians and other Minorities in Syria and Iraq Turkey has escalated a supposedly anti-terrorist military campaign in Syria and Iraq which appears to be targeting Christians and other minorities. A spate of...

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Gospel-Driven Anglicanism Part 4

Should I Stay or Should I Go? By the Revd Dr Mark Pickles Part 4 Gedaliah is appointed governor and we read that Jeremiah purposely chooses to live amongst “those of the poorest of the land who had not been taken into exile in Babylon” (40:7). Things have taken a turn...

466th Anniversary of the Martyrdoms of Latimer & Ridley

466th Anniversary of the Martyrdoms of Latimer & Ridley Saturday, 16 October marked the 466th anniversary of the martyrdoms of Bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley.   They were burned at the stake after being found guilty of heresy due to their refusal to...

Clive West Memorial Trust Lecture: John Yates III to Speak

Clive West Memorial Trust Lecture  Revd Dr John Yates III to Speak The annual Clive West Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday, 11 November at 19:30 at St Nicholas’ Church, Lisburn Road in Belfast.  This year’s speaker is the Revd Dr John Yates III, Rector of Holy...

Book Review: Bleeding for Jesus

Bleeding for Jesus John Smyth and the cult of the Iwerne Camps Andrew Graystone Darton, Longman and Todd, 2021 (ISBN: 9781913657123, 250pp, £12.99) This book is the latest instalment of a long-running tragedy. It comes six years after the author was first made aware...

School Pupils Across the Country Memorise Passages from BCP for £1,000 Prize

School Pupils Across the Country  Memorise Book of Common Prayer Passages  £1,000 Prize for Winner By Tim Stanley Hundreds of school pupils across the country are busy this term studying prayers and readings from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer in a bid to win a prize...

Pilgrim’s Process

Pilgrim’s Process

Believers are pilgrims journeying to heaven. The image of a believer navigating through this world on the way to the Celestial City was immortalised in the famous English allegory – Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress.’ First published in 1678 the book remains readable and evocative. 

During last year’s lockdown my church hosted an online reading group to study Pilgrim’s Progress. Discussing its Biblical imagery, I was struck afresh how fundamental to healthy Christian experience, is the sense of being a pilgrim. We are on a journey towards heaven, but too easily forget and put down roots in this world. We prefer the comfortable armchair to the challenging cross. Content in our little part of the world, we lose the feeling of journeying towards our real home — heaven. 

This regular column recognises that to ‘progress’ as pilgrims, we must ‘process.’ That is, we must think about the world around us and navigate its terrain with wisdom. Pilgrims process the times. We do so together, in the power of the Spirit, with renewed minds, regenerate hearts, and with scripture as our map. As pilgrims who process the world facing us today, we need to have our emotions and attitudes honed into what God would have us experience. I have found time in the Psalms invaluable for this. Many of us regularly read through the Psalms using the Book of Common Prayer schedule – it races through all 150 Psalms in one month. It requires reading several each morning and evening. If you want to give your emotions an intense workout to develop the outlook necessary for progress as a pilgrim – try the BCP Psalter for a month. Reading through the Psalms in an intensive manner over one month, transposes daily life to a different plane. We see through the eyes of Christ. Love for God is fanned into flame. Suffering, depression and injustice are acknowledged. Sin is mourned. Singing with God’s people is treasured. God is praised as worthy of honour.

The practice of singing Psalms in church services is thankfully coming back into wider practice. Not only Cranmer, but Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, and Calvin would be bemused at how any church could expect to maintain a heavenward pilgrimage without regular shared inhabiting of Psalms. There are many musical styles and tools that can be used. Why not try some? Search any online music store and you will find Psalms set to everything from Gregorian Chant to Country and Western. We pilgrims have much to process if we are to progress – the times are rapidly shifting and demand evaluation. Let the Psalms give you heart for the journey.

Revd Dr. Peter Sanlon is rector of Emmanuel Anglican Church, Tunbridge Wells: www.emmanuelanglican.uk

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