"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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Location: Bedford, Texas, United States

I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

"Our eyes behold the vesper light"

This beautiful photograph of tonight's sunset was taken at the Bedford Boy's Ranch by my father, Randy Foster.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

St. Vincent's School was vandalized last night

My beloved St. Vincent's School was vandalized last night by a person or persons unknown who spray-painted the sign in front of the school library with anti-religious graffiti (i.e., a very vulgar word before "God"). They also defaced the back wall of our middle school with a "Satanic" pentagram and other symbols that made their distaste for Christianity clear. Our head of school told me that Bedford police said this is not the first such vandalism of a church in our area in the recent past.

Please pray for whoever did this, that they might turn from their hatred and live through the grace of Christ. And please pray also for our young students who saw this graffiti before it could be covered up and were disturbed.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Benefits of "The ESV Study Bible"--the Cadillac of Study Bibles

This brief interview with the Rev. Dr. J.I. Packer addresses the benefits of The ESV Study Bible. (Dr. Packer is the theological editor of this study Bible.) The English Standard Version is the English-language Bible that I strongly recommend to those who ask, and I have already given The ESV Study Bible as a gift to some of my finest theology students at St. Vincent's School. It is simply the best study Bible on the market. Order your own copy today. You won't regret it!

Friday, May 22, 2009

++Orombi of Uganda on Anglican TV

This is an excellent lecture by Archbishop Henry Orombi of Uganda from Anglican TV.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sunset Tonight in Bedford

A photograph taken tonight by my father, R.D. Foster.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Diocese of Fort Worth Answers the Rump "Diocese's" Lawsuit

Attorneys for our diocese (the religious law specialists Sharpe, Tillman, & Melton, P.C.) today filed our Answer to the lawsuit initiated last week by the rump TEC "diocese of Fort Worth." A brief story about this development may be found on our diocesan website. The twelve-page Answer itself may be read here in PDF format.

May God give our attorneys wisdom in the days ahead, and may He watch over our diocese and its ministries.

ACNA Provincial Assemby Registration is Now Open

Register now for the ACNA's first provincial assembly, which will take place at St. Vincent's Cathedral here in Bedford, Texas beginning June 22nd. You can find the forms here. See you there!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Anglican Way Institute in Dallas

Young people of college age and early 20s are invited to attend the Anglican Way Institute this summer. This five-day Christian formation conference is hosted by the Church of the Holy Communion (REC) in Dallas, Wednesday through Sunday, July 8-12. The theme is "Anglican Spirituality." Among the scheduled speakers are Dean Ryan Reed of St. Vincent's Cathedral and Dr. Bill Dickson of St. Andrew's, Fort Worth. Workshop topics include a rule of life, catholic evangelism, and several streams of traditional spirituality in the Church. The conference includes worship and fellowship opportunities, and those who are interested are encouraged to participate in the conference choir. The cost is $125, not including lodging. More information is available here.

Friday, May 01, 2009

The Immaculate Conception at Nashotah House

In light of the fact that I have been teaching my middle school students about Marian doctrines for the last week (and viewing the classic film, The Song of Bernadette with them), I thought I would pass along this little gem on Facebook reflecting the celebration of the feast at Nashotah House Seminary. Typical, from what I know.

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