Reformed Churchmen

We are Protestant, Calvinistic and Reformed Prayer Book Churchmen and Churchwomen. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; in 2012, we also remembered the 450th anniversary of Mr. (Bp., Salisbury) John Jewel's sober, scholarly, Protestant, and Reformed defense An Apology of the Church of England. In 2013, we remember the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. You will not hear these things in modern outlets for Anglican advertisement. Confessional Churchmen keep the "lights burning in the darkness." Although Post-Anglicans with sorrow (and contempt for many, especially the leaders), we maintain learning, faith, hope and reading. Mr. (Rev. Dr. Prof.) James Packer quipped and applied this specific song for muddler-Manglicans: Our book of the month, July 2014 is the Rev. Dr. Wayne Pearce's "John Spottiswoode: Jacobean Archbishop and Statesman" at: Also, our book of the month for Aug 2014 is Mr. Underhile's "The Church's Favorite Flower: A Patristic Study of the Doctrines of Grace," a handy little volume at: We've added Mr. Underhile's anti-Marcionite and Reformed "Comfort in Chaos: A Study in Nahum" as the book of the month for September 2014 at: We're still Prayer Book Churchmen, but we have "articles of faith" paid for by blood.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Anglican Connection Conference 2014

Anglican Connection Conference 2014

Anglican Connection Conference - October 28-30 - THEME: Word-Centric Anglicanism

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Conference Schedule

 Tuesday, October 28

  * Pre-conference:

    11:00AM -  ‘Thomas Cranmer and the Holy Scriptures: Preaching the Holy Scriptures’
- Chapel (Dr. Peter Adam)
    12:30PM – Lunch is available

  * Conference

      1:30PM – Arrival and sign-in
      2:00PM – Welcome and worship (John Mason)
      2:15PM – God is a speaking God (Dr. Peter Adam)
     3:00PM – Effective Ministry: a theology of a ‘hearing’ (spoken and sung), Word ministry vs a ‘seeing’ ministry (John Mason)
      4:15PM – Coffee
      4:45PM – Effective Ministry: Making disciple-making disciples (Tim Sims)
      6:00PM – Dinner
      7:00PM – Gospel ministry networks (John Mason)
      7:30PM – Film: ‘Freedom’ – a new release about the 19th century Underground Railway

Wednesday, October 29

      8:15AM  – Worship and Bible talk (Dr. Marc Robertson, Christ Church, Savannah, GA)
      9:00AM – Word-Centric Ministry in the 16th century English Church (Dr. G. Bray)
    11:00AM – ‘Thomas Cranmer and the Holy Scriptures: Reading the Holy Scriptures’
                                – Chapel (Dr. Peter Adam)
    12:30PM – Lunch
       1:30PM – Gospel Compassion: ‘Hands at Work’ (Toby Kurth, Christ Church, Park Presidio, San Francisco, CA)
       2:10PM – The Power of the Word – a critical comparison between liberal anglo-
                           catholic evangelism and gospel-centric Anglican evangelism  (G.A. Cole)
      3:00PM – Music and the ministry of the Word (Or other title)
4:15PM – Coffee
      4:45PM – Preach the Word (Dr. Peter Adam)     
      6:00PM – Dinner
      7:00PM – Conference Communion

Thursday, October 30

      8:15AM  – Worship and Bible talk (Keith Paulus, Christ Church New York City)
      9:00AM – The practice of preaching (Dr. Peter Adam)
    11:00AM -  ‘Thomas Cranmer and the Holy Scriptures: Praying the Holy Scriptures’
                                – Chapel (Dr. Peter Adam)
    12:30PM – Close (Lunch is available)

Anglican Connection Conference – October 2014: Speakers

Peter Adam is the former Principal of Ridley College, University of Melbourne and Vicar Emeritus of St Jude’s Anglican Church, Carlton, Melbourne. A respected theologian, he is also a gifted preacher. His books include, Speaking God’s Words: A Practical Theology of Preaching. In 2011, a Festschrift was published in his honor, Serving God’s Words: Windows on preaching and ministry; this included articles by Gerald Bray, Don Carson, Peter Jensen, and Vaughan Roberts.

Gerald Bray is Research Professor of Divinity, History and Doctrine at Beeson Divinity School. As well as his teaching in this field he has published numerous scholarly articles and books, including The Doctrine of God in the Contours of Christian Theology series. His systematic theology, God is Love, was released in 2012, and his historical theology, God has Spoken,will be published in 2014. An Anglican Minister, he is the editor of the Anglican journal, Churchman.

Graham Cole is the Anglican Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School. An Anglican Minister he has been a lecturer in Christian Thought at Moore Theological College and in Philosophy of Religion at Sydney University; he was the Principal of Ridley College, University of Melbourne. His writings include, God the Peacemaker: How Atonement Brings Shalom, and The God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation.

Toby Kurth is the Senior Minister of Christ Church at Park Presidio in San Francisco, CA. After a number of years in the marketplace, Toby pursued a Masters degree at Westminster Seminary in California and a PhD at Stony Brook University in New York. During his time in New York, Toby helped plant a church in Brooklyn. God used that experience to give him a passion for advancing God’s gospel in cities through church planting. As well as assisting with church plants in the San Francisco Bay Area, Christ Church is supporting gospel ministry in Barcelona and Malawi.

John Mason is currently directing the work of the Anglican Connection as well as preaching and writing. The Founding Rector of Christ Church NYC, his ministry experience includes lecturing in New Testament theology, establishing a new church in Canberra, Australia, and being the senior minister of one of Sydney’s larger Anglican churches. His published works include, Luke: An Unexpected God, in the ‘Reading the Bible Today’ series, edited by Paul Barnett.

Garrett Keith Paulus II is the Senior Minister of Christ Church NYC; a graduate of Yale and Regent College, Vancouver, Keith was ordained in the Diocese of the Rio Grande and, before his appointment in New York, ministered in churches in Albuquerque, NM as well as in England. He is committed to the ministry of disciple-making through expository preaching and the proclamation of the gospel.

Marcus Robertson is the Rector of Christ Church Anglican, Savannah, GA. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, he studied theology at St. Mary’s Divinity School in St. Andrews, Scotland; he holds masters degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary and St. Luke’s School of Theology (Sewanee, TN), and a doctorate (D. Min.) from Fuller Theological Seminary. Marc has taught pastoral theology and is committed to the priority of the gospel in his ministry.

Tim Sims is a committed Christian and a highly respected, successful business leader. He and his wife are involved at one of Sydney’s largest churches. Two years ago he provided a report for Dr. Peter Jensen (then archbishop of Sydney) on church life and its interface with the wider culture based on thorough research conducted at that time. In the course of his research he found a significant correlation with church life and culture in the USA. Since that time he has initiated a strategic program, ‘Effective Ministry’ (

2 Sept 1596 A.D. Andrew Melville’s 2-Kingdom Speech--Pulls Sleeve of James 1

2 September 1596 A.D.  Andrew Melville’s 2-Kingdom Speech

Myers, David T. “September 2: Andrew Melville’s Two-Kingdom Speech.”  This Day in Presbyterian History.  2 Sept 2014.  Accessed 2 Sept 2014. 

September 2: Andrew Melville’s Two-Kingdom Speech

The day is lost to church history. We know the month and the year of the Two Kingdom Speech of Andrew Melville. That month and year was September 1596. But the exact day is lost to us.  So this author is going to put it on September 2, this day in Presbyterian history, because it is too important not to consider it.

The elders of the General Assembly were meeting in Cupar, Fife, Scotland. Due to a breach of faith on the part of King James, the assembly had decided to sent a deputation to seek the resolution of their concerns. Heading that deputation was James Melville, who was chosen because of his courteous manner and the apparent favor he had with the king. Along side him, out of the spotlight, was his uncle, Reformation leader Andrew Melville.

Barely had James Melville begun speaking before the king cut him off and accused him of meeting in a seditious manner with other elders of the kirk, and bringing causeless fears before the people of Scotland. Andrew Melville stepped in, despite his nephew’s attempt to keep him silent, by taking the king’s robe by the sleeve, and saying that the king was “God’s silly vassal.”

“Sir,” said Andrew Melville, “we will always humbly reverence your majesty in public; but since we have this occasion to be with your majesty in private, and since you are brought in extreme danger of your life and crown, and along with you the country and the Church of God are like to go to wreck, for not telling you the truth and giving your faithful counsel, we must discharge our duty, or else be traitors both to Christ and to you. Therefore, Sir, as divers times before I have told you, so now again I must tell you, there are two kingdoms in Scotland: there is King James, the head of the commonwealth, and there is Christ Jesus, the King of the Church, whose subject James the Sixth is, and of whose kingdom he is not a king, nor a lord, nor a head, but a member. Sir, those whom Christ has called and commanded to watch over his church, have power and authority from Him to govern his spiritual kingdom, both jointly and severally; the which no Christian king or prince should control and discharge, but fortify and assist; otherwise they are not faithful subjects of Christ and members of his Church. We will yield to you your place, and give you all due obedience; but again, I say, you are not the head of the Church; you cannot give us that eternal life which we seek for even in this world, and you cannot deprive us of it. Permit us then freely to meet in the name of Christ, and to attend to the interests of that Church of which you are the chief member. Sir, when you were in your swaddling clothes, Christ Jesus reigned freely in this land, in spite of all his enemies. His officers and ministers convened and assembled for the ruling and welfare of his Church, which was even for your welfare, defense and preservation, when these same enemies were seeking your destruction. Their assemblies since that time have continually have been terrible to these enemies, and most steadfast to you. And now, when there is more than extreme necessity for the continuance and discharge of that duty, will you (drawn to your own destruction by a most pernicious counsel) begin to hinder and dishearten Christ’s servants and your most faithful subjects, quarreling them for their convening, and the care they have of their duty to Christ and you, when you should rather commend and countenance them, as the godly kings and emperors did? The wisdom of your counsel, which I call devilish, is this, that you must be served by all sorts of men, to come to your purpose and grandeur, Jew and Gentile, Papist and Protestant; and because the Protestants and ministers of Scotland are over strong, and control the king, they must be weakened and brought low by stirring up a party against them, and, the king being equal and indifferent, both should be fain to flee to him. But, Sir, if God’s wisdom be the only true wisdom, this will prove mere and mad folly; His curse cannot but light upon it; in seeking both ye shall lose both; whereas in cleaving uprightly to God, His true servants would be your sure friends, and He would compel the rest counterfeitly and lyingly to give over themselves and serve you.” (Melville’s Dairy, pp. 245, 246, quoted in W.M. Hetherington, “History of the Church of Scotland” p. 105.

Words to Live By:
Charles Hodge says in commentary on Romans 13:2   “we are to obey all that is in actual authority over us, whether their authority be legitimate or usurped, whether they are just or unjust. The actual reigning emperors were to be obeyed by the Roman Christians, whatever they might think as to his title to the scepter. But if he transcended his authority, and required them to worship idols, they were to obey God rather than man. This is the limitation to all human authority. Whenever obedience to man is inconsistent with obedience to God, then disobedience becomes a duty.” (Commentary to the Epistle to the Romans, by Charles Hodge, p. 406)

2 September 2014 A.D. Bhavishya Purana: Quotations on Islam from Notable Non-Muslims

2 September 2014 A.D.  Bhavishya Purana:  Quotations on Islam from Notable Non-Muslims

For 88 more quotes from other leaders regarding Islamo-Dominionism & Theocratic Reconstructionism, see:

Here’s one quote by Bhavishya Purana.

The Bhavishya Purana is one of the eighteen major Hindu Puranas. It is written in Sanskrit and attributed to Rishi Vyasa, the compiler of the Vedas. 

“Suta Goswami said: After hearing the king’s prayers, Lord Shiva said: ... There was a mystic demon named Tripura (Tripurasura), whom I have already burnt to ashes, he has come again by the order of Bali. He has no origin but he achieved a benediction from me. His name is Mahamada (Muhammad) and his deeds are like that of a ghost. Therefore, O king, you should not go to this land of the evil ghost. By my mercy your intelligence will be purified. Hearing this the king came back to his country and Mahamada (Muhammad) came with them to the bank of the river Sindhu. He was expert in expanding illusion, so he said to the king very pleasingly: O great king, your god has become my servant. Just see, as he eats my remnants, so I will show you. The king became surprised when he saw this just before them. Then in anger Kalidasa rebuked Mahamada (Muhammad) “O rascal, you have created an illusion to bewilder the king, I will kill you, you are the lowest..."

“That city is known as their site of pilgrimage, a place which was Madina or free from intoxication. Having a form of a ghost (Bhuta), the expert illusionist Mahamada (Muhammad) appeared at night in front of king Bhojaraja and said: O king, your religion is of course known as the best religion among all. Still I am going to establish a terrible and demoniac religion by the order of the Lord . The symptoms of my followers will be that they first of all will cut their genitals, have no shikha, but having beard, be wicked, make noise loudly and eat everything. They should eat animals without performing any rituals. This is my opinion. They will perform purificatory act with the musala or a pestle as you purify your things with kusha. Therefore, they will be known as musalman, the corrupters of religion. Thus the demoniac religion will be founded by me. After having heard all this the king came back to his palace and that ghost (Muhammad) went back to his place.[18]

For 88 more quotes from other leaders regarding Islamo-Dominionism & Theocratic Reconstructionism, see:

For illustrative quotes on Islam from Barack Hussein Obama:

#1 “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam”

#2 “The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer”

#3 “We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country.”

#4 “As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam.”

#5 “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.

#6 “Islam has always been part of America”

#7 “we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities

For the rest of Obama’s 40 theological quotes and scholarship, see the URL.

2 September 1923 A.D. Birth of (Dr. Prof.) Brevard Childs--OT Scholar

2 September 1923 A.D. Birthday of Mr.(Dr. Prof.) Brevard Childs.

Wikipedia offers the following.

Brevard Springs Childs (September 2, 1923 – June 23, 2007) was an American Old Testament scholar and Professor of Old Testament at Yale University from 1958 until 1999 (and Sterling Professor after 1992), who is considered one of the most influential biblical scholars of the 20th century.


Childs is particularly noted for pioneering canonical criticism, a way of interpreting the Bible that focuses on the text of the biblical canon itself as a finished product. In fact, Childs disliked the term, believing his work to represent an entirely new departure, replacing the entire historical-critical method.[4] Childs set out his canonical approach in his Biblical Theology in Crisis (1970) and applied it in Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture (1979). This latter book has been described as "one of the most discussed books of the 1980s".[5]

Christopher Seitz argues that

Professor Childs single-handedly effected major and sustained changes in the conceptual framework of modern biblical studies through appeal to the canonical presentation of biblical books and the theological implications of attending to their final form.[6]

Seitz has also noted that "there is a small cottage industry in evaluating the contribution of Brevard Childs."[7]



  • Myth and Reality in the Old Testament (1960)
  • Biblical Theology in Crisis (1970)
  • The Book of Exodus: A Critical, Theological Commentary (1974)
  • Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture (1979)
  • Old Testament Theology in a Canonical Context (1985)
  • The New Testament as Canon: An Introduction (1985)
  • Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments: Theological Reflection on the Christian Bible (1992)
  • Isaiah: A Commentary (2001)
  • The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture (2004)


1.      a b Daniel R. Driver, Biography of Childs

2.      a b Obituary at Yale University

3.      Daniel R. Driver, Brevard Childs, Biblical Theologian: For the Church’s One Bible. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010.

4.      Brevard S. Childs, Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture (SCM, 1979), 82–83.

5.      Tremper Longman, Old Testament Commentary Survey, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999), 19.

7.      Christopher R. Seitz, "The Canonical Approach and Theological Interpretation" in Craig Bartholomew et al (eds.), Canon and Biblical Interpretation, p. 61.

2 September 1415 A.D. Oh oh! Bohemian Noblemen Tells Papist Bishops & Pope “Hell No!”

2 September 1415 A.D. Oh ohàBohemian Noblemen Tells Papist Bishops & Pope “Hell No!”

Graves, Dan. “Bohemians Nobles Sends Bishops Defiance.” Jul 2007.  Accessed 19 May 2014.   

Bohemian Nobles Send Bishops a Defiance

A full century before the Reformation under Martin Luther made Germany a Protestant nation, a similar movement swept Bohemia. The Bohemian reformation was destined to collapse, however. Its noble leaders, Jan Hus and Jerome of Prague, were burned at the stake after unjust trials before the Council of Constance. Their followers, representing many conflicting interests, could not stick together because of internal squabbles.

The revolution began when Jerome of Prague visited Oxford. He returned to Bohemia carrying the teachings of John Wycliffe. The popular preacher, Jan Hus, picked up these ideas and spread the gospel according to Wycliffe. Like Wycliffe, he took the Bible for his guide and rejected certain teachings that could not be found in Scripture.

The serfs of Bohemia responded with joy, for the Bible seemed to promise a new order of liberty and equality, symbolized by their participation not just of the bread of communion, but also in the wine. Persecuted Christians, such as the Waldenses, embraced Hus' doctrine, for it was as Bible-centered as the followers of Peter Waldo had tried to be. Nobles saw church reform as a means to shake off the grip of the German invaders who ruled Bohemia at that time, and who were still Roman Catholic.

When Hus perished in a pyre of flame with a hymn on his lips, and love for Christ in his heart, the nobles of Bohemia responded with fury. On this day, September 2, 1415, an assembly of Bohemian and Moravian notables sent the Council of Constance a document signed by 500 of their prominent men, declaring they would fight to the last drop of their blood to defend what they saw as the true doctrines of Christ.

Fight they did. They butchered the anti-Hussites that King Wenceslaus packed onto Prague's New Town council. When Pope Martin V launched a crusade against them, Czechs swarmed into national armies for the defense of their homeland. Under the brilliant military leadership of Jan Zizka, they defeated several larger forces. Victorious on the field of battle, they proceeded to slaughter monks and Germans alike and tried to impose their religious views by force of arms. Most of Bohemia fell under their control.

But then the revolution disintegrated. In about twenty years, conflicting ambitions, unfulfilled promises, and lawlessness fragmented the alliance. Frightened by the chaos, much of the upper class returned to the Roman church. Even so, a breakaway church survived. The Unity of the Brethren (Moravians) held true to their beliefs amidst the chaos; and, despite fierce persecution, they refused to be stamped out.


1.      "Bohemia" in Encyclopedia Americana. Chicago: Americana Corp., 1956.

2.      Curtis, A. Kenneth, et al. Dates With Destiny; the 100 most important dates in church history. Tarrytown, N. Y.: Revell, 1971.

3.      Durant, Will and Durant, Ariel. The Story of Civilization: The Reformation. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1950.

4.      Rowe, Henry K. History of the Christian People. New York: Macmillan, 1931.

5.      Spinka, Matthew. Jan Hus and the Czech Reform. Chicago, Illinois: The University of Chicago press, 1941.

6.      Various church histories and internet articles.

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