"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
- Name: Texanglican (R.W. Foster+)
- 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, December 26, 2009
Our quiet little service on Christmas day
Friday, December 25, 2009
"... you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
For example, I found this list of "core commitments" of the Christian faith on pages 86-87 to be an excellent summary of the doctrines of Catholic Christianity:
The non-negotiable core of these commitments includes:
--the goodness, love, and mercy of the living God who eternally exists in three Person, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
--the creation of men and women by God in his image, with all that this means for the dignity and value of every human life;
--the distortion of creation, at all levels, by the decision of the first man and woman to turn aside from trust in God's goodness, expressed in the word he had given them;
--the lostness of the human race, as the result of the fall into sin, which manifests itself in our natural guilt, corruption and enslavement to sinful desire;
--the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as the incarnate Son of God, and as the only Saviour for sinful men and women;
--the central saving reality of judgement being borne in our place by Jesus Christ on the cross, which is his great victory over all that stands against us, and that also stands opposed to the rightful rule of God;
--the historical actuality and theological indispensability of the bodily resurrection of the Jesus Christ from the dead, on the third day after his crucifixion, leaving empty the tomb in which he had been laid;
--the necessity of the Spirit's work in bringing about the repentance and faith in the human heart, so as to unite us to Christ and enable us to share in the salvation he has won;
--the right standing with God which is given freely, and which now belongs to all who, by faith, are united to Jesus Christ in his death and resurrection;
--the expectation of the bodily return of Jesus Christ, to bring God purposes of salvation and judgement to their consummation;
--the significance of the Church as the gathering of the redeemed people of God around the word of God and in the Spirit of God;
--the supreme authority of the Scriptures as the word of God written, and as the source of true teaching about God, his purposes, and the appropriate response to God's mercy in Jesus Christ;
--the purpose of Christian ministry within the churches to nourish faith and obedience through careful teaching of the Bible in the context of genuine personal relationships;
--the generous provision of the Lord's Supper and baptism which, as sacraments, visibly represent the promises of the gospel of Jesus Christ to his people;
--the legitimate exercise of authority within the churches which is characterized by the unreserved obedience to the teaching of Scripture and Jesus Christ's own pattern of service;
--the importance of fellowship between Christian congregations in the common cause of living as disciples of Jesus Christ and as his ambassadors in the world;
--the priority of evangelism for all Christians in response to the great commission of Jesus Christ.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Last night we gathered to count the response forms and by a 93% – 6% margin the congregation has overwhelmingly recommended that St. Andrew’s affiliate with the Anglican Church in North America and separate from The Episcopal Church. Here are the results:
902 total discernment response forms submitted.
- 838 recommended that St. Andrew’s Church affiliate with the Anglican Church in North America and separate from The Episcopal Church.
- 58 recommended that we remain within The Episcopal Church.
- 4 response forms were submitted unmarked.
- 2 response forms had the word, “abstain” written across them.
We were very pleased with the total number of people participating in this discernment process and we were equally pleased with the clarity with which you – and the Lord through you – spoke to us. We will gather as a Vestry in the New Year to take up this matter. Be assured we will keep you informed of our decisions. Please keep us in your prayers.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
St. Vincent's School Lessons and Carols 2009 A.D.
The congregation exceeded 300. It was a remarkable evening of prayer and praise. Thanks be to God for the many talents He has given to our students, and thanks to the kids and Mrs. Fergus for all their hard work in preparing for this service.