Palmetto Anglican
Sunday, July 27, 2003
The Sixth Sunday after Trinity

O GOD, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good things as pass man's under standing; Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Friday, July 25, 2003
Feast of St. James the Apostle

GRANT, O merciful God, that, as thine holy Apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, without delay was obedient unto the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him; so we, forsaking all worldly and carnal affections, may be evermore read to follow thy holy commandments; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thursday, July 24, 2003
Sudden conversion?



July 24, 2003
Authentic Christianity
From the writings of Dr. John R. W. Stott

Turning to Christ (cont'd.)

450. Sudden conversion?
You can become a Christian in a moment, but not a mature
Christian. Christ can enter, cleanse and forgive you in a
matter of seconds, but it will take much longer for your
character to be transformed and moulded to his will. It
takes only a few minutes for a bride and bridegroom to be
married, but in the rough-and-tumble of their home it may
take many years for two strong wills to be dovetailed into
one. So when we receive Christ, a moment of commitment
will lead to a lifetime of adjustment.

--From "Basic Christianity" (rev. edn. London: IVP, 1971),
p. 126.

--Excerpted from "Authentic Christianity", p. 201, by
permission of InterVarsity Press.


By Bruce Mason, American Anglican Council

(The following statement was issued by an unprecedented gathering of
worldwide Anglican mainstream leaders who met from Tuesday, July 22 - Wednesday,
23, 2003 at Truro Episcopal Church, Fairfax, VA.)

We are mainstream Anglican leaders from Provinces around the world comprising
a majority of the world's 75 million Anglicans.

We have gathered on the eve of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church
out of profound love for the church and a deep concern for the constitutional
crisis that confronts us.

The proposed actions by General Convention to confirm a non-celibate
homosexual as a bishop of this Communion or to approve the creation of liturgies
the blessing of relationships outside of marriage would shatter the church.

Such unconstitutional actions by the Episcopal Church would:

-- Separate it from historic Christian faith and teaching,

-- Alienate it from the fellowship and accountability of the worldwide

Anglican family, and

-- Confuse the witness of the Church to the love and joy of Christian

In response to this crisis, we reaffirm our commitment to:

-- The teaching of the historic Christian Church,

-- Our fellowship with sisters and brothers in the global Anglican family,


-- The joyful proclamation of Christ's love for the Church as reflected in

the sacrament of marriage.

The proposed actions will precipitate a dramatic realignment of the Church.

The American bishops at this meeting have prayed, planned and are prepared to
respond as faithful members of the Anglican Communion.

Should these events occur, the majority of the Primates anticipate convening
an extraordinary meeting at which they too will respond to the actions of
General Convention.

Signatories --


The Most Rev. Peter Akinola, Archbishop of Nigeria (Primate)

The Most Rev. Drexel Gomez, Archbishop of the West Indies (Primate)

The Most Rev. Emmanuel Kolini, Archbishop of Rwanda (Primate)

The Most Rev. Bernard Malango, Archbishop of Central Africa (Primate)

The Most Rev. Gregory Venables, Archbishop of the Southern Cone (Primate)

The Most Rev. Yong Ping Chung, Archbishop of Southeast Asia (Primate)

The Most Rev. Peter Jensen, Archbishop of Sydney

Episcopal Church USA:

The Rt. Rev. Keith Ackerman

The Rt. Rev. Peter Beckwith

The Rt. Rev. David Bena

The Rt. Rev. Maurice Benitez

The Rt. Rev. Gordon Charlton

The Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan

The Rt. Rev. Bertram Herlong

The Rt. Rev. Daniel Herzog

The Rt. Rev. John Howe

The Rt. Rev. Jack Iker

The Rt. Rev. Stephen Jecko

The Rt. Rev. Edward Salmon

The Rt. Rev. Henry Scriven

The Rt. Rev. William Skilton

The Rt. Rev. James Stanton

The Rev. Donald Armstrong

The Rev. Alison Barfoot

The Rev. Gregory Brewer

The Rev. Praveen Bunyan

The Rev. Geoffrey Chapman

The Rev. John Guernsey

The Rev. David Harper

The Rev. William Ilginfritz

The Rev. Ron McCrary

The Rev. Canon Martyn Minns

The Rev. David Moyer

The Rev. Ephraim Radner

The Rev. David Roseberry

The Rev. William Shand

The Rev. James Simons

The Rev. William Thompson

The Rev. John Yates

The Rev. Alfred Zadig

The Rev. Dr. Kendall Harmon

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Seitz

The Very Rev. Philip Turner

The Rev. Canon David Anderson

Mr. A. Hugo Blankingship

Ms. Melissa Bixler

Mr. Lee Buck

Mr. Robert Devlin

Mrs. Nara Duncan

Mr. Mark Jakubik

Mrs. Diane Knippers

Mr. Bruce Mason

Mr. R. Wicks Stephens

Ms. Edwina Thomas

Mr. Frank Trane


The Rt. Rev. Tony Burton

Other International:

The Ven. Paul Gardner

Dr. Philip Giddings

The Rev. Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff

The Rev. Canon Vinay Samuel

The Rev. Canon Chris Sugden

The Rev. Timothy Smith

Tuesday, July 22, 2003
Stott on the New Life



July 22, 2003
Authentic Christianity
From the writings of Dr. John R. W. Stott

Turning to Christ (cont'd.)

448. The old life and the new
I find it helpful to think in these terms. Our biography
is written in two volumes. Volume one is the story of the
old man, the old self, of me before my conversion. Volume
two is the story of the new man, the new self, of me after
I was made a new creation in Christ. Volume one of my
biography ended with the judicial death of the old self. I
was a sinner. I deserved to die. I did die. I received
my deserts in my Substitute with whom I have become one.
Volume two of my biography opened with my resurrection. My
old life having finished, a new life to God has begun.

--From "Men Made New" (London: IVF, 1966), p. 49.

--Excerpted from "Authentic Christianity", p. 200, by
permission of InterVarsity Press.

Monday, July 21, 2003
Bill Bright, R.I.P.

While I was in middle school I kind of got adopted by the Myrtle Beach Summer Project of Campus Crusade for Christ; later, while an undergraduate at Coastal Carolina University, I was also involved with Campus Crusade. It was with some saddness, then, that I learned of the passing of Dr. William R. "Bill" Bright on 19 July. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!
Sunday, July 20, 2003
The Fifth Sunday after Trinity

GRANT, O Lord, we beseech thee, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by thy governance, that thy Church may joyfully serve thee in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Saturday, July 19, 2003
Mall Christianity

Gillis Harp, Ph.D., Professor of History at Grove City College, has written an outstanding critique of the Church Growth Movement for Touchstone Magazine. Highly recommended!2`1
Friday, July 18, 2003
Interesting Discussion

The Rev. Michael Scott Horton, Ph.D., recently hosted a discussion with the Very Rev. Paul F.M. Zahl, D.Theol., Dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama on The White Horse Inn radio broadcast. The topic was Anglicanism and you can hear it by going here and scrolling down to the broadcast of 15 June 2003.
Twenty Four Gutsy Men in Purple

It's good to know that there are at least 24 Bishops in ECUSA who took this stand.
Tuesday, July 15, 2003
An Interesting Defense -- And it Won!

I'm not sure that I agree that Jesus told Deion Sanders not to pay the $4,000, but the judge was apparently convinced of at least some of the merits of the case.
Monday, July 14, 2003
Silly, Dishonest Bombast

The Rev Dr Giles Fraser's recent attack on faithful Evangelicals within the Church of England is slandarous and inacurate.
Evangelicals Under Attack at the CofE's Synod

More evidence of illiberal liberals whining when things don't go their way!
A Great Portal With Editorials That Are Not So Hot

Checking Anglicans Online has become a Sunday evening ritual of mine. They are a great web-portal with links to just about every corner of Anglicanism, but the editorials that appear on their front page usually have a decidedly leftward slant and can be quite annoying. Their current (as of 14 July 2003) one is a classic example of this. Reflecting of potential schism in the Anglican Communion, they write:

We find ourselves careering between two contradictory positions on what seems the critical issue of our time, the role of gay and lesbian people in our churches.

Position 1: When there is a clash of absolutes, ultimately there can be no middle ground; the very nature of the issue in dispute doesn't allow it. Schism must come. We find ourselves saying, 'If it must be so, let it come quickly and as cleanly as possible. Let's get it over with'.

and later:

"What if we say, for example, to the Archbishop of Nigeria, that we still consider ourselves in communion with him?"

The flaw in that logic is the presupposition that the Archbishop of Nigeria is the schismatic here -- those who advocate the acceptance of behavior that the Church has called immoral throughout her history are the ones causing the schism, not those who, like the good Archbishop, are seeking to uphold the faith once delivered to the saints.

Stott on the Calling to Holiness



July 13, 2003
Authentic Christianity
From the writings of Dr. John R. W. Stott

Chosen and Called (cont'd.)

439. Called to be holy
Holiness is the very purpose of our election. So
ultimately the only evidence of election is a holy life.

--From "The Message of Ephesians" (The Bible Speaks Today
series: Leicester: IVP, 1979), p. 38.

--Excerpted from "Authentic Christianity", p. 196, by
permission of InterVarsity Press.

Stott on Deciding for Christ



July 14, 2003
Authentic Christianity
From the writings of Dr. John R. W. Stott

Chosen and Called (cont'd.)

440. Whose decision?
A decision is involved in the process of becoming a
Christian, but it is God's decision before it can be ours.
This is not to deny that we 'decided for Christ', and
freely, but to affirm that we did so only because he had
first 'decided for us'. This emphasis on God's gracious,
sovereign decision or choice is reinforced by the
vocabulary with which it is associated. On the one hand,
it is attributed to God's 'pleasure', 'will', 'plan' and
'purpose', and on the other it is traced back to 'before
the creation of the world' or 'before time began'.

--From "The Message of Romans" (The Bible Speaks Today
series: Leicester: IVP, 1994), p. 249.

--Excerpted from "Authentic Christianity", pp. 196-197, by
permission of InterVarsity Press.

Tridentine Mass Causes Conflict

It was interesting to read of a Roman Catholic Priest in Houston, Texas, who recently got into hot water for using the Latin Mass. I affirm the Twenty Fourth Article of Religion without hesitation, but I was interested to learn that the Roman Catholic Bishop of Charleston has given permission for a monthly Latin Mass at Stella Marris Roman Catholic Church on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina.
Sunday, July 13, 2003
The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

O GOD, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy; Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Saturday, July 12, 2003
Tumultuous Times at CofE Synod

The failed appointment of Jeffrey John, a homosexual, as Bishop of Reading is a news story that just won't go away. Several pro-homosexual supporters staged a protest at the most recent meeting of the Church of England's General Synod.
An End to the Accokeek Saga

For Information Contact:

Canon Law Institute

Washington, D.C.

(202) 466-2350


July 11, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Tonight, upon motion by counsel for the Defendants the
Rector and Vestry of Christ Church Accokeek, Maryland, the U.S. District
Court for the District of Maryland (Messitte, J.) entered an order
dissolving the injunction in the case of Dixon v. Edwards, et.
al.,8:01-cv-1838. The injunction had barred the Rev. Samuel Edwards
from "holding himself out" as a clergyman in the Episcopal Church, had
barred him from conducting services on or close to the property of
Christ Church Accokeek, had directed visitations to Christ Church by
then-Suffragan bishop Jane Dixon, and had permitted her to preside over
meetings of the Parish's ruling body, the Vestry, also a named

The plaintiff did not oppose the motion, which was based upon changed
circumstances. These included the fact that Jane Dixon, the plaintiff,
was no longer ecclesiastic authority in the Episcopal Diocese of
Washington, a necessary condition for the injunction, and that
defendant, the Rev. Samuel Edwards, had left the Episcopal Church to
join the Anglican Province of Christ the King, a traditional Anglican

Counsel for the Defendants, the Rev. Charles H. Nalls, CLI's Executive
Director, who had been handling the civil case as private counsel, noted
that, "we are satisfied that this particular matter has been put to
rest." He noted that, "in view of recent events in the Episcopal
Church, as well as in other denominations, this is by far not the last
of such cases we anticipate." Nalls went on to thank co-counsel Rufus
Peckham, assisting counsel Mark Jakubik of CLI (on briefs), as well as
John Hollister, advisory counsel, and Kenneth R. Matticks, who
represented the amici ECUSA bishops Rt. Rev. Jack Iker (Fort Worth) and
Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan (Pittsburgh), supporting Fr. Edwards and the

Further details, if any, to the order are not yet available. Copies of
the motion may be obtained from the Canon Law Institute, by contacting and specifying the nature of the request.

Stott on Nominal Christianity



July 12, 2003
Authentic Christianity
From the writings of Dr. John R. W. Stott

Chosen and Called (cont'd.)

438. Nominal Christianity
The Christian landscape is strewn with the wreckage of
derelict, half-built towers -- the ruins of those who began
to build and were unable to finish. For thousands of
people still ignore Christ's warning and undertake to
follow him without first pausing to reflect on the cost of
doing so. The result is the great scandal of Christendom
today, so-called 'nominal Christianity'.

--From "Basic Christianity" (rev. edn. London: IVP, 1971),
p. 108.

--Excerpted from "Authentic Christianity", p. 196, by
permission of InterVarsity Press
Taliban Anglicans?

This is a shining example of iliberal liberals can be when they're not winning.
Friday, July 11, 2003
Stability and Homosexual Unions

As the homosexual lobby calls for the legalization of so-called same-sex marriages, a recent study shows marked differences between such unions and traditional marriages.
Lookin' for Love in All the Wrong Places

It was disconcerting to learn the news that convicted murderer Susan Smith has a personal ad on the internet seeking penpals. I was in seminary not far from Union, South Carolina, when Smith drowned her two young sons in John D. Long Lake and acutely remember the search, the false accusation (by Smith, that her sons were taken by a black man in a car-jacking), and her ultimate confession. I preached in a neighboring county the Sunday following the discovery of the car in which her sons were drowned.

In her ad, Smith appears healthy and well-groomed. She writes that she has ". . . grown and matured a lot since my incarceration, but I will always hurt for the pain I´ve caused so many, especially my children." She also reports that she is a Christian and enjoys attending church. Her ad closes with her wish to "receive letters from those who are not judgmental and who are sincere."

Susan Smith is certainly not outside the reach of God's grace. I hope that her repentance is sincere and her faith genuine. That having been said, the very fact that she can post this ad is disgusting. Like many ministers, I worked a number of jobs during the seminary years and had a couple of "secular jobs" following seminary, including a mercifully brief stint as a Juvenille Corrections Officer at Hamilton State School, a facility of the Texas Youth Commission. It was an interesting job that allowed me to put my A.S. in Criminal Justice to good use and confirmed my faith in Total Depravity, but it also frustrated me as I constantly observed how many rights the young criminals had. That Susan Smith, who strapped her sons into her car and then rolled it into a lake, is allowed to search for companionship via the internet is further evidence that our justice system is seriously out of whack.
Wednesday, July 09, 2003
A Sad First in British Columbia

In a move that explains quite a bit about the milleu in which the Diocese of New Westminster of the Anglican Church of Canada operates, the first legal same sex "marriage" was perfomed Tuesday in Vancouver.
I Believe the Creed

The Fellowship of Young Reforming Episcopalians is asking those who are able to sign their petition affirming the Nicene Creed.
A Plug From a Friend

My friend Jeff Quinton, the creator and former owner of Palmetto Journal, was kind enough to mention my blog on his own blog.
The Wonder of Election



July 9, 2003
Authentic Christianity
From the writings of Dr. John R. W. Stott

Chosen and Called (cont'd.)

435. The wonder of election
The wonder is not that some are saved and others not, but
that anybody is saved at all.

--From "The Message of Romans" (The Bible Speaks Today
series: Leicester: IVP, 1994), p. 269.

--Excerpted from "Authentic Christianity", p. 195, by
permission of InterVarsity Press.

Sunday, July 06, 2003
Mark Horne's Cogent Comments

Mark Horne has posted this about the "Kinnaird Case" where a Ruling Elder in the
Orthodox Presbyterian Church has been totally vindicated of the charges brought against him. Mark's actually a bit late as the feeding frenzy in some quarters has already started. The ever-irenic (not!) John Robbins of the Trinity Foundation had the following to say:


At its General Assembly last week, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church reversed
the conviction of an elder who had been convicted of teaching justification by
faith and works contrary to the Scriptures and the Confession. There was no
change in the elder's views; the OPC GA simply overturned his conviction.

Two prominent men, whose names you would immediately recognize, had this to
say about the OPC decision:

"The OPC is done for! When a Reformed denomination formally approves an
elder's theology that maintains that I must appear before God someday with my
tattered covenant faithfulness in tow in addition to the perfect righteousness
of Christ in order to be justified before God, that denomination has
apostatized. How long will it be before the PCA does the same thing?"


"Thanks for forwarding the e-mail concerning the Kinnaird issue. I had known
of Kinnaird's heretical teachings.
If the report of the OPC decision is correct, the OPC has now fallen away
from the gospel fundamentally and manifests itself as a false church. Where can
I find the decision of the OPC in full?
Grievous. Almost unbelievable, even though by this time in my ministry I
have braced myself to expect anything.
And this damnable subterfuge that it is defending the Reformed position
against the Lutheran, Calvin against Luther! Is there anyone in the OPC who not
only will speak out boldly but say, "Here I stand"?"

The answer to that last question is, of course, that to say "Here I stand"
would be "Lutheran," and therefore unwelcome in the OPC.

The church that Machen started in 1936 is no more. The irrational,
dialectical theology that has plagued the OPC for decades has finally ended in
apostasy. The trail of error that leads from Cornelius Van Til and John Murray
through Norman Shepherd (whom Van Til defended in the OPC 20-some years ago), is
not difficult to trace, yet there are many dreamers who still deny it.

God is judging America. Denominations that once spoke the Gospel are now
preaching another gospel, which is not another.

May God strengthen his remnant that remains. May he keep them safe and give
them courage as witnesses to the truth that men, especially churchmen, despise:
Salvation by a righteousness wholly outside the believing sinner.

John Robbins
The Trinity Foundation
July 5, 2003

The egregious accusations are off and running!
Carey Clarifies

AOL News 06/07/03 12:40 GMT

Carey Denies Gay Bishops Claim

THE former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has denied ordaining as
bishops two clergymen he knew to be gay.

Lord Carey, in an interview with the Sunday Times, was reported as saying he
had been prepared to go through with the ordinations in the 1990s after they
had both assured him they were celibate.

The former head of the Anglican church said homosexual orientation was no bar
for candidates for priests or bishops provided they remained celibate, the
newspaper reported.

But today Lord Carey insisted: "I have never knowingly ordained a practising
"I am a traditionalist and I believe that sex should be restricted to
monogamous heterosexual marriages.

"I have always said that there are only two lifestyles: celibacy and

The Church of England is currently embroiled in a row over the appointment of
Jeffrey John, an openly gay but celibate priest, as Bishop of Reading. [N.B., Jeffrey John has withdrawn his name from consideration; see post immediately below.]
Good News from Across the Pond

Gay priest Canon Jeffrey John has said he will not take up the post of Bishop of Reading.
Morrow on New Hampshire

The Rev. Quintin Morrow, Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, Texas, has weighed in on the Robinson election in a great column.
Norm Shepherd's Online Lectures

The Rev. Dr. Norman Shepherd is a controversial fellow. Some, most notably the Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States, The Trinity Foundation, and most of those left on the the Warfield List have nothing good to say about the man (come to think of it, that's a pretty high recommendation for Dr. Shepherd!). On the other hand, I studied theology at Erskine Theological Seminary under the Rev. Dr. R.J. Gore, Jr., who himself studied under Dr. Shepherd at Westminster Theological Seminary and even has a blurb on the cover of his book, so I'm rather fond of Dr. Shepherd's work. If you want to check out what the fuss is all about, you can listen to a series of his lectures here.
Carey Weighs In

It was interesting to read that Former Archbishop George Carey admitted that he had knowingly consecrated two homosexual bishops. The homosexual lobby will likely try to use that to their advantage, but Dr. Carey noted that ". . .I want to set the record straight that I have never knowingly ordained a practicing homosexual priest or bishop, nor would I ever want to do so," he said. "

Of course the question that many in the Church of England may be asking: Which two?

The Third Sunday after Trinity.

O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom thou hast given an hearty desire to pray, may, by thy mighty aid, be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Saturday, July 05, 2003

Someone took me to task for refering to the Bishop-elect of New Hampshire as "Vicky." I do so because it is the man's legal name; it is not something that I invented. To wit the following excerpt from a recent interview:

CEN: The V for Vicky. Where did that come from? (Canon Robinson's
full name is Vicky Gene Robinson)

GR: (Laughter) A very interesting story. It will take me just a little
bit to explain it. I was born to very poor parents. My father was a
sharecropper, which is about as close to slavery as white folk have
come to in this country ... a tobacco sharecropper in Kentucky. They
had picked out a girl's name, and her name was going to be Vicki Jean,
because [my father's] name was Victor and my mother's name was Imogene.

I was massively injured in childbirth; my head was completely crushed
in on one side. I was paralyzed on my right side for about a month.
They did not expect me to live. They did not expect my mother to live
either. They came out to ask my father ... they said to him 'we need a
name for the birth and death certificates'. He was so concerned for my
mother, and just so alarmed with the whole situation --- they hadn't
picked out a boy's name --- he figured it wouldn't make any difference
on a tombstone. So, he just changed the spelling to Vicky Gene, and
that's how I came to be Vicky Gene. And, I lived. You may have picked
that up by now, I hope.

You can read the entire interview
I Stand Corrected

Like many who have commented on the election of Vicky Gene Robinson as
Bishop of New Hampshire, I have stated that he "left his wife for another man." Through this chronology, provided by Jan Nunley of Episcopal News Service, I have learned that that was not entirely correct -- he was already divorced when he met his homosexual lover.

It's still plenty sick and we should, in my opinion, still pray that his election would not be confirmed. I do, however, admit that I was in violation of the 9th Commandement and beg the forgiveness of God, Vicky Gene, and any whom I misled.

>I asked Canon Robinson last week for an accurate and detailed chronology of
>these events in order to correct misconceptions. Here it is, copied and
>pasted from his email.
>August, 1972 V. Gene Robinson and Isabella "Boo" Martin are married,
>All Saints Church, Peterborough, NH
>May, 1986 Gene and Boo separate; Gene moves to Wilton, NH (5 miles
>away), sharing joint custody of daughters Jamee and Ella
>March, 1987 Boo meets Robert McDaniel, by May they are engaged to be
>married; Gene moves to Concord, NH, where he is now employed as Canon to
>the Ordinary
>August, 1987 Boo and Gene's divorce is final; the Rector of Grace
>Church, Manchester, accompanies them to the judge's chambers for the final
>decree, and then they return to Grace Church, where they mark the ending of
>their marriage, the mutual release from their wedding vows (symbolized by
>the return of their wedding rings), and the pledging of themselves to the
>joint nurture and care of their children all within the context of the
>October, 1987 Boo and Robert are married (within a couple of years, they
>have two sons)
>November, 1987 Gene meets Mark Andrew while on vacation
>February, 1989 Mark leaves his career with the Peace Corps and moves to
>New Hampshire to be with Gene, Jamee and Ella
>July, 1989 Gene, Mark, Jamee and Ella host a "Celebration of a Home"
>from the Book of Occasional Services

Congratulations Bishop Wright!

Nicholas Thomas Wright, D.Phil., D.D., a prolific author and most recently Canon Theologian at Westminster Abbey, was consecrated a Bishop in the Church of God on Thursday, 3 July at Yorkminster. He will begin service as Bishop of Durham in October. Some pictures of his consecration have been posted here. I had the priviledge of meeting Bishop Wright last October when he was lecturing at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and found him to be an affiable, bright, and engaging speaker. May God bless the Bishop's labors in Durham!
Friday, July 04, 2003
Church Recommendation in Boone, North Carolina

If you happen to visit the lovely town of Boone, North Carolina (which, in the middle of a Charleston summer, doesn't at all seem like a bad idea!) on a Sunday morning, I highly commend Brookside Presbyterian Church (ARP) to you for worship. Their pastor, the Rev. Larry Young, D.Min., is a great guy and good friend.

A Great Site

The Road to Emmaus has tons of great articles and links. Highly recommended.
Independence Day

O ETERNAL God, through whose mighty power our fathers won their liberties of old; Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Wednesday, July 02, 2003

The Very Rev. Paul F.M. Zahl, D.Theol.

A Resolution by The Vestry and Chapter of Cathedral Church of the
Advent Concerning the Election of The Reverend V. Gene Robinson
Birmingham, Alabama July 2, 2003

WHEREAS, because the Bible teaches that marriage is a lifelong
partnership between a man and a woman; and,

WHEREAS, marriage is the only place set apart by God for the blessing
of sexual intimacy and fulfillment; and,

WHEREAS, because of the univocal teaching of the Bible against sexual
intimacy outside of marriage; and,

WHEREAS, because of the unequivocal teaching of our 2000-year tradition
that sex belongs within the bond of heterosexual faithfulness; and,

WHEREAS, the Reverend V. Gene Robinson declares he is living in a
relationship not sanctioned by the Bible nor by church tradition;

bishops, clergy and lay delegates to the 74th General Convention of the
Episcopal Church be urged to oppose:

The approval of the Reverend V. Gene Robinson as Bishop Coadjutor of
the Diocese of New Hampshire.

African Leaders Threaten to Sever Ties with Church of England

By Stephen Mbogo Correspondent

Nairobi, Kenya ( - Anglican Church leaders in Africa have
described as a "satanic attack on the church" the proposed
consecration in London of a homosexual bishop and are threatening to
cut ties with the Church of England.

The head of the Anglican Church in Kenya, Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi,
said those advancing consecration of the Rev. Jeffery John, an open
homosexual, were "throwing themselves out of the holy communion.
"The Anglican Church in Kenya is completely opposed to this move."

Nzimbi complained that Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams - the
titular head of the world's Anglicans - had assured opponents of the
move that it would never happen.

Bishop William Waqo of the Anglican Church in Kenya said its stand on
the homosexuality issue was "very clear."

"We are completely opposed to such an ordination and marriage," he
said here. "It is not in line with biblical principles and Christian

Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola was even more direct in his views,
saying African Anglicans would "sever relationships with...anyone who
strays over the boundaries."

In a statement, Akinola charged that "the rich churches in Europe,
America and Canada" had for many years used their wealth to intimidate
their poorer counterparts in Africa.

African Anglicans were aware that their stance could prompt "a
backlash" from the wealthy Western churches.

"Our boldness in condemning the spiritual bankruptcy of these churches
must be matched by our refusal to receive financial help from them,"
he said, adding that African churches should become financially
self-reliant as a matter of urgency.

Akinola's counterpart in Uganda, Livingstone Mpalanyi-Nkoyoyo, said
the Anglican Church there also totally opposed the consecration of a
homosexual bishop and was optimistic that it would not take place in
the end.

The Ugandan church would consider its options if the Church of England
went ahead with the plan, Mpalanyi-Nkoyoyo added.

Anglican dioceses in other parts of the developing world, including
the West Indies, Latin America, South Asia and Southeast Asia, are
also reported to object strongly to the move.

The bishop of Oxford, Richard Harries, last month appointed John as
suffragan (assistant) bishop in Reading, a city falling under the
Oxford diocese.

John admits being a homosexual and having a long-term same-sex
relationship. He says he has been celibate since the 1990s.
Williams issued a statement last week saying John's appointment did
not violate the Church of England's teachings.

Williams said the matter was a local one and cautioned that it should
not distract the church from "the priorities of our mission."
Conservative Anglicans are also concerned about the recent election of
a divorced homosexual priest as a bishop in the U.S. and a Canadian
diocese's decision to recognize same-sex unions.

Of the world's 77 million Anglicans, at least 20 million are Africans,
and a majority is from developing nations where homosexuality is
frowned upon.

Henry Naedo, an Anglican and media worker in East Africa, said the
move was "anti-biblical" and "sinful."

Fr. Emmanuel Ngugi of the Catholic Church in Nairobi was reluctant to
speak out on the issue, saying those Anglican churches that had
embraced homosexuality "may have had their own reasons for doing so."

An official of the African Inland Church in Nairobi, who asked not to
be named, said the proposed consecration of a homosexual bishop "could
set a very serious precedent and should be resisted by all means

Last week, leading opponents of the move from around the world met in
Oxford under the name Anglican Mainstream and called on Harries to
rescind the decision, but to no avail.

The group warned that the unity of the Church of England and the
Anglican Communion worldwide would be jeopardized if the consecration,
planned for October, goes ahead.

The row threatens to split the Anglican Church just as disagreements
over the appointment of women bishops did in the 1990s.

During that dispute, a number of conservative Anglican clergymen left
the denomination and joined the Catholic Church.

Other clergy and lay members moved to breakaway communities such as
the "Anglican Catholic Church."

Still other opponents of the ordination of women aligned themselves
with traditionalist movements that remained within the church, such as
one called Forward in Faith.


The Very Rev. Peter C. Moore, D.Min., Dean of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, on the New Hampshire Election

The election of an openly gay man to be the bishop of New Hampshire will provide comfort and encouragement to a tiny minority within the worldwide Anglican Communion. However, it will cause shock and dismay to the vast majority of faithful Christians who make up this international body. It is a sad day when those who profess to follow Jesus Christ turn their backs on their own leadership, their own Scriptures, and their own two thousand year history of moral reflection.

Only hubris can have motivated otherwise well-intentioned people to scorn the wisdom of the church that through its history has taught that sex belongs within the covenant of heterosexual marriage. Millions of sincere believing Christians around the world, including Anglicans who now must defend their church to mocking outsiders and bewildered members of other religions, must now struggle to uphold the credibility of the institution to which they belong. Those who choose to remain Episcopalian can only sigh with understanding as long-time, even life-long, fellow members choose to leave the church they have loved, supported, and in recent years struggled to understand. Those who remain can only do so, in good conscience, as missionaries to a body that is in danger of tearing down a crucial boundary that has dignified sexuality, tempered humankinds unruly emotions, honored godly restraint, upheld the redeeming and healing power of Christ, and uplifted the role of women.

To avoid schism the House of Bishops must now vote to reject New Hampshire's choice, causing further pain to gay and lesbian people who have viewed this election as their trump card, rendering mute all further discussion and debate on the propriety of gay blessings and gay ordinations. But reject it they must if the House of Bishops is not to tumble like a house of cards, bringing with it the virtual destruction of the Anglican Communion. It is myopic in the extreme for those Episcopalians who cheer this election not to see it as anything but a communion-breaking act one that strains the bonds of fellowship past the point of no return.

Those in the church whom we elevate to high office must be wholesome examples to the flock of Christ. Whatever other gifts Gene Robinson brings to the office of bishop, and these may even be commendable, his chosen lifestyle cannot model to God's people a sexual life that bears the stamp of Christ's redeeming and reconciling love.
Good Blog!

The Rev. Canon Kendall S. Harmon, D.Phil., Editor of the Anglican Digest and Canon Theologian for the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina is blogging. His observations are definately worth a read!

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