Formulary Friday: ‘This Child is Regenerate’
Posted by Tom Woolford, 22 May 2015
Tom Woolford considers an infamous line in the Prayer Book Baptism Service.
One of the most contentious parts of our Prayer Book is ‘that line’ in the baptism service: ‘seeing now this child is regenerate’. The line created a cause célèbre in the nineteenth century over a bishop’s refusal to institute George Gorham to an incumbency because of the latter’s denial of baptismal regeneration – a denial that his bishop argued put him outside the bounds of Anglican orthodoxy. In the court cases that followed, the meaning of both this line in the baptism service and the line in the Catechism that reads, ‘My Baptism wherein I was made a member of Christ,’ were vigorously debated.
Word on Wednesday: Ready For His Return!
Posted by Sophia Akouo , 20 May 2015
Paul Hancock from Trinity Buxton preached recently on 1 Thessalonians about being ready for the return of Jesus.
In his sermon from 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Paul Hancock talks about how believers can be ready for the return of Jesus.
Theology Thursday: Long-Lost Ecclesiology?
Posted by Chris Kilgour, 14 May 2015
Do we have a poor understanding of Ecclesiology? Are evangelicals focussed purely on individual salvation and church attendance as for personal edification? Might we end up accepting "the modern liberal-catholic-ecumenical consensus doctrine" because it is "better than nothing," an outcome that described as "a slow poison to any evangelical and reformed church"? In today's featured article, Donald Allister looks at some responses to these challenges, and offers encouragement and caution to evangelicals.
The body of the article considers four ways of looking at the church before moving on to seven contrasts in an evangelical ecclesiology: universal but also local; eternal but also temporal; historical but also changing; corporate but also individual; guarding but also exploring; comprehensive but also cultic; missionary but also pastoral.