THE ANGLICAN CONNECTION BLOG

‘MEMORY’

In his book The Reformation Experience, Eric Ives, Emeritus Professor of English History, University of Birmingham, England, writes that whether you agree with the Reformation or not, The most remarkable thing about the Reformation is that it still matters. While...

“I Am the True Vine…”

Fruitful outcomes are something we expect from worthwhile endeavors. So we look at measures of productivity in the corporate world and perhaps also in our annuity or superannuation fund. Productivity is a sign of life and growth. It is therefore interesting to learn...

“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life…”

Unless I missed something, articles questioning or dismissing the authenticity of Christianity seemed somewhat muted this Easter. Was it out of respect for the churchgoers in Egypt who were massacred on Palm Sunday? Yet while churches around the world prayed for...

‘I am the Resurrection’

The final volume of JRR Tolkein’s, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King, is dominated by scenes of despair. Yet as the two hobbits from the Shire, Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee, unlikely heroes of the saga, wearily pursue a cause that is seemingly...

‘I am the Good Shepherd…’

Elections remind us how much we long for a leader who will bring us justice and peace, protection and prosperity. However, on every occasion our aspirations are dashed as leaders reveal their flaws and failures and self-interest. No one proves to be the leader we long...

‘I AM THE GATE…’

laise Pascal, 17th-century French mathematician and philosopher asked: ‘Is life simply a journey… a great mysterious search for the unknown and unknowable? We desire truth and find in ourselves nothing but uncertainty. We seek happiness and find...

‘I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD’…

n her recent Wall Street Journal article (03/18/17), Peggy Noonan referred to ‘the observation that a great leader has more in common with an artist than an economist. Economists drill deep in narrow fields, but the artist’s view is more expansive;...

“I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE…”

e can think that to have doubts is to lack faith. But doubt is not the opposite of faith. To suggest that it is, is to confuse doubt with unbelief. Doubt is something only a believer can experience, for we can only doubt what we believe. Doubt is...

‘I AM…’

veryone has regrets. We regret the words we let fly and never live down; the opportunities we messed up or ones we never took up; relationships we let slip and ones we should never have begun. There are all those past actions for which ‘redemption’...

‘ASH WEDNESDAY’

arch heralds the coming of spring in the northern hemisphere. In the northern latitudes, long winter nights give way to the light of extended days and budding new life. In the traditional Christian calendar, today is Ash Wednesday and the start of...

‘SUFFERING’

hy do appalling things happen? The reality of pain and suffering is probably one of the key reasons many people insist that God doesn’t exist. Their line of thinking follows this simple syllogism: ‘A God who is all-powerful and all-loving would use...

‘A HIGHER PLAN’?

riting in The Wall Street Journal last week (02/09/17), Peggy Noonan wrote: Let’s step back from the daily chaos and look at a big, pressing question. Last fall at a defense forum a significant military figure was asked: If you could wave a magic...

‘HOW LONG, O LORD…?’

ast Saturday (02/04/2017), The Spectator (UK) carried an article by Douglas Murray who asked, ‘Who Will Protect Nigeria’s Northern Christians?’ Murray pointed out that the Fulani (militia) are watching everything closely from the surrounding...

‘HOW MUCH MORE…?’

‘Can I trust God to give me good things I ask for?’ In an important section on prayer in Luke’s Gospel Jesus responded to his disciples’ question to teach them to pray with what we call The Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:2-4). He then anticipated two questions we have:...

‘SHALOM’…

t Christmas, we were reminded of the words the angels sang the night Jesus Christ was born: “Peace and goodwill…” It is something we long for in a world that is torn by self-interest, injustice, terrorism, and war. ‘Is the angels’ message really...

‘TRANSITION’…

n April 27 last year I remarked on the significant decisions that would be made at the polls in the second half of the year. In the United Kingdom: to exit or to remain in the European Union. In the USA: the election of a new president and...

‘PRIVILEGE’…

n one occasion I heard a preacher ask, ‘Do you think there will be prayer in heaven?’ It is a good question that took my thoughts to the Garden scene of Genesis 3. Immediately following Adam and Eve’s fatal decision to rebel against God’s command...

‘TIME’…

nother day, another year! As last year we could hear the annual catch-cry, ‘I don’t know where the year has gone’.  The Latin words, ‘tempus fugit’ (time flies), says it all. Ecclesiastes 3 paints a word picture of the times and seasons of...