Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, The Rev. Dr. Jensen, The Rev. Dr. John Yates, III, Dr. Ashley Null, and Bishop Ben Kwashi–these are the modern-day Anglican scholars and bishops that are teaming together to write a 6-volume work on Reformation Anglicanism. The first edition is out (The Reformation Anglicanism Essential Library, Volume 1). And it is great!
An Interview with an Editor
A few weeks ago I sat down with John Yates, III, one of the editors of the series (along with Ashley Null). John is the Rector of Holy Trinity Church in Raleigh, a graduate of Trinity School for Ministry with a Cambridge University, Ph.D. He is one of a growing number of pastor/scholars in the ACNA.
And beyond that, he is one of the kindest and most-able, young leaders I know. (He and his wife were with us on our Holy Land Pastor Tour last January. You can join us for the next Pastor Holy Land Tour. Read More.) The first book in the series is a very important primer on the Anglicanism that emerged from the Reformation. Its chapters are wonderful summaries for both clergy and laity. A few chapters feature some wonderfully told stories of Anglicans that don’t get a lot of notice. When you read their story and the drama of their own time, their faith is as rich and wonderful as one could hope. Consider this quote from Katherine Parre, Henry VIII’s wife No. 6 and the only one to survive her marriage. (The drama of her life and her escape from death by her husband is summarized here.)
“Rather it was an encounter with the cross of Jesus Christ that led to (Catherine Parre’s) change of heart. The cross at once revealed to her the love of God and her own sinfulness. It produced in her a new kind of faith: not a “history faith” but now a “lively faith.” What did Katherine mean by the distinction? She writes of rejecting “a dead human, historical faith, gotten by human industry,” in favor of “a supernal lively faith, which worketh by charity.” One kind of faith might rightly be called a virtue in that it is attained by human effort. But the faith that enlivens and justifies is “supernal”: it comes from a supernatural source. After all, to trust someone else, we first need to know whether that person is trustworthy.” (from Michael Jensen’s Chapter on Faith in Reformation Anglicanism)
As they say, that will preach!
Enjoy my interview with John Yates, III.