The Bishop's Letters
Articles filed under "Anglicanism"
In several unrelated conversations in the past few days, I have been reminded of the extraordinary move of God, which began in an obscure village in eastern Germany in 1727 and changed the world.
It is incomprehensible to me what ministry would be like without my wife. We are partners together for the Lord and he has always called the both of us.
This will be my last newsletter introduction as Chairman of ADV. I have been blessed beyond words by the privilege of being a part of the birth and growth of this group, and it is an experience I will always remember. Perhaps one of the greatest feelings I have as I watch this transition is knowing that we are in such good hands with our new bishop, and with the outstanding candidates we have for the new diocesan standing committee. The future of our new diocese is bright!
A friend of mine stopped me as I was leaving church last week, and asked me, “So now we are part of a new diocese. So what?” Although I was a bit surprised by the question, I realized that it actually made sense. After all, most of us don’t spend all our waking hours thinking about our place in the worldwide Anglican Communion, so some of these issues can feel an awful lot like “inside baseball.” But it actually is worth knowing about.
This week in England, there are celebrations of the 400 years of the KJV, and the entire Bible, word for word, is being read aloud, in public, in Ye Old Towne of Bath, England. To read more, go to http://www.kingjamesbibletrust.org/
The Anglican District of Virginia’s Bishops’ Summit on Church Growth and Church Planting was a great success. Nearly all of the 40 plus worship communities within ADV were represented by 120 congregational leaders.
I keep coming back to the amazing unity I sense when I walk into a meeting of ADV leaders. I know we are very different people, and our congregations are very different places. But we have found a unity in Christ that is truly amazing. I pray that it will always be so. And the people say, “Thanks be to God!”
Perhaps as significant for our future is that the Synod heard a report from the Task Force on Diocesan Status and approved the report, along with some specific steps for follow-on action. What does that mean to us?
Christ the King began as a shared dream between me, my wife and the leadership of The Falls Church (TFC).
It was a joy to be able to attend the prayer and praise service at The Falls Church yesterday evening, where we prayed, worshiped, and heard from John Yates, Martyn Minns, and 3 members of the congregation (a lead lawyer, the senior warden, and a leader of intercessory prayer) on their thoughts in the aftermath of the Va. Supreme Court decision on our case with the Episcopal Church.
I am still learning about what it means to be married to Jesus and to live out that marriage in the Christian community.