Anglican Chaos: Duane W.H. Arnold

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8 Responses

  1. Xenia says:

    I like this article, Duane.

  2. Jean says:

    “Many of us have forgotten who we are, as churches and as individuals.”

    One of the most difficult things for any Christian, at whatever tier of church polity, is to remain faithful when faithfulness itself appears to be the problem.

    Good article, Duane.

  3. Duane Arnold says:

    Xenia

    Many thanks. BTW, after Tracts for the Times, the next publishing project of the Oxford Movement was the Library of the Fathers, providing the first English translations for many of the Church Fathers…

  4. Duane Arnold says:

    Jean

    Agreed… and faithfulness is shown over the course of years.

  5. pstrmike says:

    Great article Dr. Duane!
    Some thoughts:

    “‘Be the change you want to see in the Church.’”
    This is what I am looking to accomplish in the years I have left in ministry and life. You are right, there are no shortcuts, but as Eugene Peterson wrote, “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.”

    “A good theological education takes time and work. The practice of daily prayer or the Daily Offices takes discipline”.

    We have bought into the lie and hype of instant change. Some of that thinking is a hold over from the Jesus Movement, but it is also the outworking of a church that has for the most part, embraced enlightenment thinking to a greater degree than before the post-modern fad that swept through parts of the church 10-15 years ago.

    Most conferences and even books cannot in my opinion, accomplish in formation what a lifetime commitment to the ways of Christ can only do. Such a commitment is lived out daily, incrementally, slowly advancing in ways that allude our measurements and analysis.

    In my experience,the church has always been at odds with itself. It has been that way as far as I can remember. Lately, what I have witnessed in The talk about divisions and factions within the “family” have been met with a hasty appeal to mend fences and compromise of strongly held values and beliefs. The call for unity though, can be misleading. Some things are worth holding onto and should not be set aside for the purpose of claiming we are one. These days, I really don’t care what others believe, how they practice their faith, how many people they get to follow them, etc etc. Do what you want claim whatever mantle you need t get the job done, but know that in some way, you’ll be held accountable.

    We have to discern whether we are living in an era within the church that everyone does what is right in their own eyes as in the book of Judges, or are we encouraging each be fully convinced in his own mind as in the book of Romans. God grant us the grace to know the difference.

  6. Duane Arnold says:

    pstrmike

    A good reflection on the crisis we’re facing. I’ve been giving a good bit of thought to what is happening in the Anglican family, as well as much of the Church. We tend to look at the issues of gender, sexuality, abuse, entertainment as worship, etc., and say, “these are the things that are tearing apart the Church”. I’m coming to the point, however, of rejecting that analysis. All these issues are symptoms. They are not the root cause. What we seem to lack is serious theological reflection and people with a deep disciplined spirituality. The seminaries have largely failed to produce capable theologians with a profound knowledge of Scripture (with the original languages) Church History, philosophy and the other tools required to address these issues. So instead we have fundamentalists on one side shouting proof texts and academics (not theologians) on the other side with sociological and cultural arguments shouting back. How often have you seen serious people writing about the theology of marriage? Instead, we get self-help books from one side and cultural manifestos from the other side. The same could be said of gender, worship, etc. This, of course, is not to mention spiritual formation among clergy and laity alike. No wonder we are tossed about by every wind of doctrine… or the newest fad from Hillsong… or the latest model of church planting… or you name it. In the final analysis, the fault is ours for not expecting more of ourselves and, those who claim to be leading us…

  7. Em says:

    folks posting here real and honest truths (IMO)… makes me hopeful of future stability in the Church

    there are, sometimes, instances of character change when one commits to Christ and receives redemption… but the fact that it is a one day at a time commitment to learning God’s revealed truths that produces growth is so overlooked (and evil)

    when i “came to Christ” i immediately was relieved of a very hot temper… however, that just stabilized me a bit for trials and growth… there must be growth and we must have competent teachers… think i’ve said that before – once or twice. 🙂 … i firmly believe it and another thing – God’s word is strange in that, as food for the soul, the more you eat of sound teaching the hungrier you get…

  8. Duane Arnold says:

    Em

    Yes, I think too many people want “instant”… all the time.

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