Saturday, December 10, 2016
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
(The Book of Common Prayer as given by John Wesley to the people called Methodists)
A number of years ago, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly did a story about the good bishop. I first saw it posted on the Sacramental Nazarenes Facebook page (a few years back). I thought I would share it with the readers of this blog.
I also want to recommend a book for parents who's children are getting close to "that age." It is a book written by Harold Myra and illustrated by Jane Kurisu, titled "Santa Are You for Real?" It was published in 1997 by Tommy Nelson (the children's imprint for Thomas Nelson, Inc.). - My wife and I read this book to both of our children as they were growing-up, and we have recommended it to other parents over the years.
Finally, as an aside for my fellow Sci-Fi nerds, it has been pointed out that, according to this icon, below, it may well be that Santa Claus is really a Klingon and possibly an ancestor to Lieutenant Commander Worf! I'll let you be the judge! - Just in case, and in good Klingon fashion, on this Feast of St. Nicholas I wish you all Qapla'!
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.
(The Book of Common Prayer as given by John Wesley to the people called Methodists)
Friday, November 18, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Order of the FLAME, I have participated in the Wesley Fast for years. I have found it to be of such significance that we included it in the constitution for the Wesleyan-Anglican Society.
If you do not currently have a regular pattern of prayer and fasting, I encourage you to join with Methodists around the world in the Wesley Fast!
Hear this invitation from World Methodist Evangelism:
Friday, November 11, 2016
I was first introduced to John Michael by reading a piece from a bishop in the Charismatic Episcopal Church (as I recall), who talked about his journey toward the ancient liturgy. He made mention of all of these guys who shared this journey and how they would all listen to John Michael's music. It was just a mention, but it caused me to look up who this guy was who had influenced others who were, like myself, drawn toward the ancient liturgy. - I am so glad I did!
John Michael has released about 55 albums over the years. I only have a fraction of them (about 17, I think). Simple Heart remains a favorite of mine, and I find myself listening to it often.
During this last concert, I "branched out" and picked up one of John Michael's books: The Ancient Path: Old Lessons from the Church Fathers for a New Life Today. I'm only 64 pages into this 194 page book, but already, like his music, I am loving it.
This morning I posted a two paragraph quote from the book on Facebook. (And John Michael commented on my post! How cool is that!) - This quote focuses on the nature of the Church, salvation and the sacraments. I found it very much in line with the ecclesiology that I have come to hold as I have grown in my commitment to Wesley's Anglican liturgical and sacramental theology.
I trust that many of you will resonate with what John Michael wrote:
salvation by means of the sacramental mysteries, also established by Jesus. Three thousand were
baptized on Pentecost (Acts 2:41), and their life afterward was centered on Eucharist: "the
apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers" (Acts 2:42).
That is the same Church I encountered in the works of the Apostolic Fathers. They shared Saint
Peter's conviction that "baptism . . .now saves you" (1 Peter 3:21) and Saint Paul's belief in the
Eucharist as a communion in the Body and Blood of Jesus (1 Corinthians 10:16-17). I encountered
the ideal harmony between personal salvation and reception of the sacraments as a Spirit-filled,
life-giving personal encounter with Jesus Christ.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, who out of Your tender mercy gave Your only Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer death upon the Cross for our redemption: hear us, we most humbly beseech You. Pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us and upon [Grant that, as we receive] these Your creatures of bread and wine, and grant that, as we receive them according to the holy institution of Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, in remembrance of His passion and death, we may be made partakers of His most blessed Body and Blood. [the benefits of His atoning sacrifice.]
While the bread is being distributed, let the minister say:
2. These minimal changes bring us closer in line with Jesus’ own wording as well as with Wesley and a Wesleyan sacramental theology and, thus, with many of our sisters and brothers in the larger
2. Such a change makes the article consistent with other Manual paragraphs that identify sacraments as means of grace, viz., 21.1(7) & 514.9.
6. Such a change brings us closer in alignment with our closest denominational partners, The Wesleyan Church and the
3. This footnote changes nothing at all concerning the duties and powers of the general superintendents.
3. This is the main distinction that seems to be held ecumenically, and is stated as such in the reports of the ecumenical dialogues between the World Methodist Council (of which the Church of the Nazarene is a member) and the Anglican Communion, and it is the main distinction that seems to be held in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions, as well.
4. Our current distinction between the two orders (viz., preaching), seems to have been assumed due to the statement in par. 532.1 that “We recognize but one order of preaching ministry – that of elder.” - However, making preaching the distinction between the two orders when we developed the order of deacon was an erroneous assumption. The statement found in par. 429.1 was not intended to distinguish the order of elder from any other order. Rather, that statement was meant to reinforce that we had only ONE order; that of elder. We did not have TWO preaching orders (viz., elder and deacon), as did the Methodist Episcopal Church of the time. We only had ONE preaching order (viz., elder).
FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
3. Such a change is consistent with statements found in various Nazarene theological writings.
5. Such a change is consistent with John Wesley’s understanding.
5. The above resolution provides clarity as to the prevenient nature of God’s gracious acceptance the child within the community of Christian faith signified in baptism.
6. The above resolution is more closely in line with Article of Faith XII. Baptism, paragraph 12, in that it neither reduces our beliefs, nor imposes doctrinal positions not stated within the Article of Faith. Thus, the above resolution provides a ritual that is readily usable for all who espouse belief in Article of Faith XII, whereas, the current ritual does not provide such an opportunity for those whose belief in Article of Faith XII is understood in a consistent fashion with John Wesley’s own beliefs.
2. The current flow chart is inconsistent with how it represents the local government in comparison to the way it represents the general and district government.
welcome each into the church.
Presbyters are the same order, and consequently have the same right to ordain” (Wesley’s
the power to ordain is found within the order of elders. There is not a separate “order of bishop”
or “superintendent.” Nevertheless, we, along with others in the larger Methodist tradition, have
reserved the authority to ordain, within our denominations, to those elders who have been elected
to the episcopal office/role of superintendent. (Episkopos, which is usually translated “bishop,” is
understood to mean “overseer,” or “superintendent,” which is the term that we and some other
Wesleyan denominations use for the episcopal role.)
2. For the Church of the Nazarene, the episcopal aspect of our government is expressed through the
general superintendency (cf., the “Foreword,” and par. 22.2, 306.f, 314.f, and 315.f).
3. It would be highly desirable that ordinations, if not being performed by the general superintendent
in jurisdiction, be performed by another general superintendent (active, emeriti, or retired), in as
much as they represent the whole church.
4. When the general superintendent in jurisdiction is not able to ordain, and when no other general
oversee the district (i.e., the district superintendent) be the person appointed to ordain.
5. In no case should
anyone other than an ordained elder be appointed to ordain, for ordination must
6. As the paragraph currently reads, it would be possible (even if unlikely) that a general
superintendent could appoint someone outside of holy orders to ordain. Such would be
completely and wholly inconsistent with the historic Christian and Wesleyan and Nazarene
understanding of ordination.