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Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s “Progressive” Straw Man (Part 1)

Last week while trolling through Facebook I stumbled on a Patheos blog post by Fr. Dwight Longenecker entitled, “Twelve Reasons Why Progressive Christianity Will Die Out.” After skimming Fr. Longenecker’s 12 reasons, I was baffled how this former fundamentalist/evangelical, turned Anglican priest, turned Roman Catholic priest could not see the obvious holes riddling his 12 points. One would think that a man who has had access to as much of the Christian tradition as he has had would inevitably recognize his category mistakes. Before I address Fr. Longenecker’s 12 reasons point by point, I wanted to first highlight his problematic starting point. His overarching category…

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Primates 2016: Final Communique

Walking Together in the Service of God in the World  The meeting of Anglican Primates, the senior bishops of the 38 Anglican Provinces, joined by the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of North America, took place in Canterbury between Monday 11 January and Friday 15 January at the invitation of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The first morning was spent in prayer and fasting. We came knowing that the 2016 Primates’ meeting would be concerned with the differences among us in regard to our teaching on matters of human sexuality. We were also eager to address wider areas of…

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Primates 2016: ABC’s Address

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” All Christians, but most especially Bishops, in the succession to the Apostles, are people who are sent….

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Learn and Pray!

From the Primates 2016 Website The Anglican Communion isn’t itself a church; it’s a family of churches, spread across 165 countries, with around 85 million members. Many of these churches trace their parentage to missionaries from Britain who, from the 17th Century onwards, left home to spread the Christian faith in regions which had not yet received it. The Church in England was itself started by missionaries from other countries. This practice of Christians emigrating and bearing the Christian message had been the pattern from biblical times: sometimes they had been persecuted at home and were exiled, sometimes they were…

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Primates 2016

The Archbishop of Canterbury has invited all 37 Primates to Canterbury to reflect and pray together concerning the future of the Anglican Communion. The gathering, to be held 11-16 January 2016, will be an opportunity for Primates to discuss key issues face to face. These will include a review of the structures of the Anglican Communion and deciding together their approach to the next Lambeth Conference. The agenda will be set by common agreement, with all Primates encouraged to send in contributions. It is likely to include the issues of religiously-motivated violence, the protection of children and vulnerable adults, the…