Reading and Enjoying the Apocrypha: 1 & 2 Maccabees

Posted on September 26, 2023
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This is the second part of Dr. Noll’s series, “Reading and Enjoying the Apocrypha.” In my introductory article, “What is the Apocrypha and Why Should You Read It?” I suggested one practical reason for Anglicans to do so is that the Prayer Book lectionary prescribes selections from the Apocrypha. Now I’d like to up the ante…

The History of the Holy Week Collects

Posted on April 10, 2022
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In this post we outline the history of the Holy Week Collects, which are found on pages 607-609 of the Book of Common Prayer 2019. In researching this topic, we drew especially from commentaries by Massey Hamilton Shepherd, Jr., Marion J. Hatchett, and C. Frederick Barbee and Paul F. M. Zahl. What is a collect? A collect is…

Learning to Preach from Phillips Brooks (Preachers of the Past, pt. 3)

Posted on April 1, 2019
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This is part 3 of “Preachers of the Past,” a series where we discuss four distinct preachers from the past, ranging from 347 A.D. to 1945.  We’ve included detailed preaching points for study and discussion towards the bottom of this post. Some background on Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) Phillips Brooks was an American Episcopal minister, and…

Learning to Preach from Martin Luther (Preachers of the Past, pt. 2)

Posted on March 25, 2019
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This is part 2 of “Preachers of the Past,” a series where we discuss four distinct preachers from the past, ranging from 347 A.D. to 1945. We’ve included detailed preaching points for study and discussion towards the bottom of this post. Some background on Martin Luther (1483-1546) Luther was the father of the Protestant reformation…

Learning to Preach from John Chrysostom (Preachers of the Past, pt. 1)

Posted on March 18, 2019
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This is part 1 of “Preachers of the Past,” a series where we discuss four distinct preachers from the past, ranging from 347 A.D. to 1945. We’ve included detailed preaching points for study and discussion towards the bottom of this post. Some Background on John Chrysostom (A.D. 347–407) John was born in Antioch to a…

Ancient Anglican Evangelism

Posted on July 21, 2016
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There is a perception that Anglicans in North America don’t have our own history of evangelism. Or at least not one that comes from within our own tradition. Not true! The church in England began by a powerful evangelistic mission that followed Jesus’ commands in Luke’s Gospel. So the Anglican tradition has within itself a…

What is All Saints Day?

Posted on October 30, 2015
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Knowing Our Family We’ve always been curious about our ancestors, to know where we came from and who we are. We’ve also wanted to gain wisdom from the experience of the past, both successes and failures. And we’ve desired communion and reunion of some sort. I know of a family that discovered an brother/uncle that no…