Anglican Pastors vs. Priests? An Introduction to Anglican Holy Orders

Pleased to share my recent article from Anglican Pastor on the what Anglicans think about pastors and priests. Here is a section:

A bishop is priest among priests. He is a priest with a particular vocation to be a pastor of pastors. God knows that bishops in all the churches over the centuries have often failed in this office. But what we aspire to is something unreachable more often than not, but in the aspiration itself there is grace and failure and mercy and sin—all at once.

The bishop is first and foremost a priest, and only then a bishop. The bishop has authority for confirmation, ordination, and discipline.

Read it all here, download the PDF here, or read it in Spanish here.

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Do Anglicans care as much about mission(s) as evangelicals?

A few weeks ago I was asked to write on whether Anglicans value mission as much as evangelical Christians. That article was published today. Here is an excerpt:

Matter matters. Anglicanism is firm—in all its traditions—on this point. God made stuff, and it was good. God in his sovereign election has elected certain primordial pan-cultural things to operate as portals of his own saving presence and activity.

These things are humble: wine, bread, water, hands, man-and-woman, oil. All of this flows from and to the proclamation of the resurrection of all flesh. We don’t become angels. After our death our souls long to be reunited with our bodies in the new creation.

Anglican mission is not ashamed of this. Indeed, it is a great strength because the fundamental sacramental principal—that matter matters—is deeply ingrained in every human. Though yes, some of us in the West have somehow managed to deceive ourselves and believe the contrary.

The sacrament is the symbol that effectuates what it means; God binds himself to the sacraments, though he is not bound by them.

Read the entire article at Anglican Pastor. And also check out my previous video interview at that website from 2017.

Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer, Madrid

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I hope to post some more pictures of the cathedral church soon. For now, here is the altar and the cathedra.

This is where I serve as deacon and we have some eight services per week.

  • Morning prayer at 9 AM from Tuesday through Friday.
  • Evening prayer on Wednesday at 5:00 and Saturday at 6:30.
  • Sunday mornings at 11:30 we alternate between Morning Prayer and Communion
  • Sunday night at 9:00 we have our Taizé worship. (Though once November comes that will be moved to 8 pm.)

However, I noted that Wikipedia did not have a page for our cathedral, in English at least. It was there in Spanish. Having composed pages for other previous churches in the Diocese of Jerusalem, I thought I would compose this one too.

So here is the new Wikipedia page, which I hope to expand: Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer.

Anglican Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, Madrid

So we’re settling down nicely in Madrid. Got a bank account and will hopefully have a flat some time next week. My work here is related to ministry and education, which is pretty much what I’ve been doing since we moved to Nazareth back in 2008.

I’m pleased to be serving as deacon at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (Iglesia Catedral del Redentor). This is the only cathedral church of the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain (Iglesia Española Reformada Episcopal). This is the oldest Protestant church in the country. What privilege to serve at such a historical church. Here are a couple pictures, and then a couple family pictures too.

 

Article on All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral in Cairo

Back in 2015 an article of mine on All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral in Cairo was published in Anglican and Episcopal History (Vol 84:1). I thought that with the rising interest of Christianity in the Middle East I should share it here.

The article begins with the note that in 1839 the Egyptian leader Muhammad Ali made a gift of land to the local Anglicans for the construction of a church. Also, the beginning of Anglican mission there was through the Church Mission Society (CMS) and the London Jews Society (today known as the Church’s Ministry among Jewish People) as far back as the early 1800s.

Click here to read the whole article.

Christ Church (Episcopal/Anglican) in Nazareth

Here is a publication which I seem to have forgotten to post to my blog:

Christ Church (Anglican) in Nazareth: a brief history with photographs” in St Francis Magazine, Vol 8:5, Oct. 2012, pp 696-703.

The document can also be found at academia.org by clicking HERE.

“The Secret World of God: Aesthetics, Relationships, and the Conversion of ‘Frances’ from Shi’a Islam to Christianity”

Continuing with the topic of Iranian Christianity, Global Missiology has published this study of an individual convert I interviewed in Scotland. As always feel free to post your questions on the blog and I will answer them eventually.

Miller, Duane Alexander. 2012. ‘The Secret World of God: Aesthetics, Relationships, and the Conversion of “Frances” from Shi’a Islam to Christianity’ in Global Missiology 9/3, April.

Click here for the PDF. You can also download the Word Document or read it in HTML.