We celebrate Pentecost Sunday, but it feels like we commemorate Pentecost Sunday. We are figuratively limping into this day, which should be a day of celebration and calling out to God for a fresh outpouring of his Spirit.
Coronavirus has limited the ability to gather as a church. Our church will still be online this week. Then, the crushing news of the past several weeks should burden us on this day:
Being part of the Anglican Church in North America (which is part of a larger worldwide body known as GAFCON), there is a call for prayer and repentance on March 22. Why not take this as a call to all of us?
I am in the process of discernment concerning ordination in the Anglican Church in North America. As part of that process we were invited to attend the diocese annual synod and the clergy conference before the synod.
In this journey along the Canterbury Trail I’ve thought of so many reasons why the Lord has led me to this place.
Over 20 years ago I was not in ministry and trying to figure out what life would be like if I never was in ministry again. I was still young enough to carve out something new, so I was reading a lot on “leadership” and “life goals”, etc.
A couple of articles worth reading this week that speak to soul searching at the depth of faith in a world of worsening persecution.
This year has been spent in a cycle of spiritual rest and exploration. That cycle has taken us some interesting places. The big takeaway is a shift away from what I’ve known my whole life in one movement to step into another movement within the Body of Christ. For those interested, I write at some length about it HERE.
It would be great to have conversations over this for anyone having questions.
The U.S. had our own elections. No big scandals.
That’s over in the Anglican Church. Today they selected their new leader: the archbishop.
While “big oil” is always blamed for “owning” the Republicans … or the Democrats… depending on who is yelling, we find BIG OIL involved in the Anglican Church!
Justin Welby, the bishop of Durham, was an oil executive before coming to the Church.
Not only that, but bets were being placed early in the week as to the odds-on favorite for archbishop.
Why can’t they be as holy as the Egyptian Coptic Church? They let a blindfolded boy pull a name out of a hat. Now THAT is godly!
Back in the USA, we’ve elected a president. We have the same president, the same makeup of the House, the same general makeup of the Senate, spending $6 billion in the process to land right back where we were two years ago.
I feel as patriotic as Stephen Colbert. God bless America!
The Archbishop of Canterbury is resigning. Mark Stevens wants the job. I’d vote for him if I had a vote.
The issue with the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church is similar. The Catholic Church will face the selection of a new pope before too long, I’m sure. When Pope John Paul II died, they had the opportunity to step up to new realities, but declined. The Anglican Church is in the same position.
As Ross Douthat points out, the new reality is both churches are in decline in their “home turf” yet growing rapidly in other parts of the world. Maybe it’s time to step up and embrace that reality.
Not being Catholic or Anglican, I don’t get to make that call, or even have a voice in that call. It’s their communion. But when there is an opportunity to recognize the shift of the church’s base, why not make a fresh step? Both the Catholic and Anglican communions could embrace African leaders, where their churches are actually growing.
Not that they will take that opportunity, but it is a refreshing thought.
I am learning of this story and beginning to see comments on blogs. This may have been something stirring for quite some time, since the American Episcopal church allowed a practicing homosexual to become bishop, but the news on this seems to come fast. Certainly the Pope didn’t walk into this lightly.
This will have far more repercussions than I can imagine as a Pentecostal. It’s a story I am interested to follow.