The Application Period is Now Open for the 2021-2022 Year One Fellows Class! Many of you know that I serve as the Director of the C.S. Lewis Institute of Northeast Ohio. You may also know that, the heart of our work is a year-long Fellows Program focused on “developing wholehearted disciples of Jesus Christ who will […]
Pandemic and “The Prayer of Humble Access”
Just recently, I read an essay in First Things by a Presbyterian theologian named Carl Trueman. The essay was titled “A Protestant Apocalypse?’ Trueman has been talking to protestant pastors and church leaders, and they are concerned about the long-term effects of this pandemic season. Some of them are making dire predictions and may have […]
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Evening Prayer, May 13th, 2020
This coming Sunday, March 8th, we will discuss the 1st through the 3rd Commandments during our catechesis hour. THE FIRST COMMANDMENT 268. What is the first commandment? The first commandment is “I am the Lord your God. . . . You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:2–3; Deuteronomy 5:6–7; see also Psalm […]
PART IV: BECOMING LIKE CHRIST
The following is excerpted from To Be A Christian: An Anglican Catechism Jesus Christ calls his disciples to respond to God in three basic ways: by believing in Jesus and God’s revealed truth about him, by belonging to Jesus and communing with God through him, and by becoming like Jesus in doing God’s will. The […]
Some Resources to Consider
Whether you are new to Anglicanism or have been one for many years, there are several resources that you really should own, so I’m going to use the space below to offer brief descriptions and also provide links to the sites where these resources can be purchased. The Book of Common Prayer The Anglican Church […]
Congregational Meeting, February 16th, 2020
Dear Friends, We are having a potluck lunch and congregational meeting this coming Sunday, February 16th, 2020 immediately after our worship service. Suzanne has already begun gathering information on meal sign-ups, so please let her know what you plan to bring with you on Sunday. I’ve attached a document below, which is a draft version […]
A Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12
by Chad Sanner Now, I have not been a liturgical Christian for all that long, but one of my favorite parts of the liturgy, after having had the privilege of participating in it for so long, has come to be the procession. The reason for this is that the reality that this act gives flesh […]
Why Emphasize the Psalms?
If you’ve been worshipping with us lately, then you know that we began chanting the psalms at the beginning of Advent this past November. It has been a beautiful addition to our worship service and something that we will definitely continue. Like all liturgical churches, we read from the book of Psalms at every eucharistic […]
Jesus’ Birth Changes Everything
The image featured in this post is from the famous, and highly complicated, 20th-century English artist, Sir Stanley Spencer. The work is titled Travoys Arriving with Wounded at a Dressing Station at Smol, Macedonia. I first encountered this painting reading a book by a Cambridge theologian named Michael Banner. It has stuck with me ever since, […]
Why call Anglican pastors, priests?
Priesthood in the Old and New Testaments A priest in the Old Testament is simply a mediator between God and the people of God. Likewise, the people of Israel, collectively, can be called “priests” since they are called by God to mediate salvation to the nations. We see this in Exodus 19:5-6, where God tells […]
The Grand Miracle
by C.S. Lewis The following videos offer an animated telling of a short essay by C.S. Lewis titled, “The Grand Miracle.” Below the videos, you can find the printed essay and read the whole thing, which can be found in various places around the internet. It offers a fascinating reflection on the nature and meaning […]
Sacraments in the ACNA
People of St. John’s In preparation for a catechetical section on the sacraments, I’ve copied and pasted the section on sacraments from the ACNA’s catechism below. Please feel free to read and bring questions to our session if you have any. Advent Blessings, Bryan+ CONCERNING SACRAMENTS 102. What is a sacrament? A sacrament is an outward […]
The Form of Christian Faith, Part II: Catechesis
If you missed my recent presentation for the C.S. Lewis Institute, then you can find it here. This was the second half of a two part lecture series titled, “The Form of Christian Faith,” and the focus was catechesis.