Mark Brians

Reformation Anglican Worship by Jensen (Review)

Posted on August 25, 2021
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Prefatory note: This is an updated version of my earlier review of Reformation Anglican Worship. The original post engendered a fruitful and clarifying conversation between the Rev. Dr. Jensen and myself, in which I profited much. In particular, he highlighted a couple of areas in that first version where he felt my reading was not…

The Heritage of Anglican Theology by J.I. Packer (Review)

Posted on March 23, 2021
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J. I. Packer. The Heritage of Anglican Theology. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2021, 384 pages, $39.99) Remembering Packer About a decade ago, I came across a copy of J.I. Packer’s Knowing God in Kathmandu (long story). I remember little from my reading that night save for Packer’s obvious, humble confidence in the love of the God…

Reformation Anglicanism, Volume 1 (A Review)

Posted on December 15, 2020
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Book Information: Reformation Anglicanism: A Vision for Today’s Global Communion, vol. I in The Reformation Anglicanism Essential Library, eds. Ashley Null and John Yates III (Crossway, 2017, 224 pages, $35.00). Introduction Reformation Anglicanism is the first volume of The Reformation Anglicanism Essential Library, a series that seeks to cast a renewed vision for Anglicanism, one…

Reading the Bible with the Caroline Divines: 4 Homiletical Takeaways

Posted on June 29, 2020
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In the shadows cast by the early English reformers (such as Cramner and Hooker) on the one side, and the giants of Anglican theology since the 18th century on the other, sits the rich trove of Anglican theologians and devotional writers known collectively as the Caroline Divines. “Caroline” (derived from the Latin version of the…

3 Ways Pastors Can Provide Theological Leadership During COVID-19

Posted on May 4, 2020
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It is now Eastertide and the quarantine orders have not been lifted nor has the spread and toll of COVID-19 been fully exacted: we are still living in the time of the virus. Some among us may have hoped that, by Doubting Thomas Sunday at least, we might have some clearer picture of “when we…