I'm Presbyterian but this about to be some big Anglican tweets right now. I found an old letter from my Dad to me in 1989, in which he responded to my question about why he stuck with the Episcopal church, and what he desired me to be. Here are portions of his answer: 1/12
"Most of all, and I stress MOST, I want you to always follow the Christian Way. As far as denominations go, it's true, I prefer that you continue in the family tradition of belonging to the greater Anglican Community." 2/
(Dad grew up at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Summerville, SC - where his ashes will soon be interred. He was very involved as an acolyte, etc):

"By the time I left for the USNA, I had memorized the Morning Prayer and Communion Services from the 1928 Prayer Book." 3/
.... I didn't realize, however, how much the liturgy really meant to me until I was commissioned and away from a home church.... 4/
.... In remote places such as Morocco, Gilbratar, Spain, etc., I was able to comfortably attend... an Anglican Church where there familiarity of the service eased my worship anxieties and meant much to me. 5/
I enjoy the congregational participation in the services far more than simply listening to a lengthy prayer by a worship leader. I also like the readings from the Holy Scriptures which take place at every Episcopal service. 6/
All is not well with the Episcopal Church, however, and I must confess I am often upset at some of the things that occur... in the name of the church. 7/
The freedom to express ideas is a part of the attraction of the church.... but I see much original dogma coming back full circle after wheeling about in free thinking exercises that often, I think, stray from the truth.... 8/
.... I happen to like some of the free expression allowed and that also is some of the mystery of the Church. 9/
The Presbyterians are locked into different patterns, it seems, depending on which group you belong to. I like their basic theology, but am not too comfortable with their (lack of) liturgy in their services. 10/
Having said all that and presenting my reasons for sticking with the Episcopal Church, I want to repeat my lead in - that you continue to push forward in your Christian walk and I will continue to support you, no matter which denomination you choose to worship with."

Love, Dad
(Post-script: for doctrinal reasons, Dad did eventually leave for the PCA, where he served as a Deacon for over 20 years.) 12/
As a bonus, here are family heirlooms from my maternal great-grandfather, Presiding Bishop John Murray: his bed; an oil lamp he converted to electric; some log furniture he built; compotes given in 1924 in celebration of his 30th year in ministry - one from laity, one from clergy ImageImageImageImage

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A study of warrior imagery in the New Testament might do the evangelical manhood guys some good. A few texts come to mind (a thread):

1) Let's start with the Beatitudes (Mt. 5:1-12). Blessed are the meek, etc. Remember those?

2)There there is Mt. 5:39: turn the other cheek. Many evangelical sermons on this verse are expositions about all the times this does not actually apply, because "truth" and "our rights." 2/
3) Let's see, then there is Jesus telling His disciples that two swords was enough. Not sure His tone - whether a rebuke or allowing for self-defense - but one thing is certain: He did not say, "Arm up! Make sure you have twelve swords, plus a few daggers." 3/
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And now I have found some Gulf War correspondence. You might remember that after a couple of months, Congress passed a law that we no longer needed stamps. So, apparently, I drew my own. Image
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14 Jul 19
Weird Bastille Day thread. I went to a French cafe here in Blacksburg today to work on my sermon and do some other work. They were preparing for their annual Bastille Day feast, little French flags everywhere, and as you would expect, this caused a personal crisis. 1/
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Thread: We had an exchange student hosted by several families in our church this summer, and who comes from a non-Christian background. She wrote a letter to our church upon her departure today. She gave me permission to share quotes from it during the sermon. Here are some: 1/7
"I am thankful for those who helped me in many different ways to come visit (your church) in the States.... I also recognize that it must have been Jesus Christ Who led me to this place, for which I am grateful...." 2/7
"I have never heard people pray for one another before. Nor have I attended Sunday Christian worship services or Bible studies. Though I am not proficient in English, I understood enough to be comforted every time someone prayed for me.... " 3/7
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Not to enter into the whole social justice debate, but it does seem this reply is a bit defensive or reactionary. Two things are true: 1) the truth of Scripture is objective, available to all (perpescuity); 2) our experiences often affect our interpretations; 1/7 @mika_edmondson
We are not disembodied spirits, able to rise above this earth like some sort of perfect brain in a jar, living in the realm of ideas alone. The things we go through in the body open our eyes to parts of Scripture that otherwise we may have missed. 2/7
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