View Post

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…

View Post

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…

View Post

++Welby and Patriarch Bartholomew Receive Agreed Theological Statement

(Anglican Communion News Service, Photo Credit: Neil Vigers / ACO) An agreed statement between Anglican and Orthodox Churches on the theology of the human person was presented to the leaders of both families of churches at Westminster Abbey, London, last night (Tuesday). The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, and the Ecumenical Patriarch, His All-Holiness Bartholomew, received a copy of In the Image and Likeness of God: A Hope-Filled Anthropology, during a special evensong service at Westminster Abbey. In a joint communiqué issued today, the two leaders said that the agreement “celebrates what Anglicans and Orthodox affirm together…