Reformed Churchmen

We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Thursday, June 30, 2011

AMiE: Tanks on UK Canterbury's Front Lawn

Fulcrum's 'listening ear' to AMiE's concerns

I must admit to having laughed out loud (though not in a good way) having read the full statement on Fulcrum’s website criticizing the establishment of the Anglican Mission in England when I saw that it ended with these words:
We therefore call upon those evangelicals who have started down this new path to talk with Fulcrum and the full breadth of evangelicals who share many of their concerns but who question their strategy. We believe that only in this way can those who have launched AMiE hope to secure what they claim they wish to find, a goal to which Fulcrum is also committed — a way forward together in mission as evangelicals within the Church of England.
I am frankly not sure how, following events since the launch of Fulcrum at a fringe meeting at the 2003 Blackpool NEAC 4 (organized behind the scenes and sprung on the leadership with just three days notice), anyone from the Fulcrum Leadership Team could seriously address evangelical conservatives in such terms. Perhaps the first step might be an apology!
For more from Rev. Richardson, see:
For those following this, AMiE, or, "Anglican Mission in England," is an initiative of GAFCON, or the Global Anglican Fellowship Conference, itself representing about 75% of Global Anglicans, to send missionaries to evangelizie and establish Reformational Anglican parishes in England.  We used the term "Tanks on Canterbury's Front Lawn," a phrase culled from a recent Telegraph article, calling for action from Archbishop Rowan Williams.  Fulcrum, as we understand it, is a broad evangelical (??) Anglican group.  Fulcrum is questioning this GAFCON inititative.  We will follow this development with the tag "AMiE" for future searches.  From our vantage point, this looks like a theological invasion from the Global South Anglicans. This is the first "period in the hockey." The gloves will come off with much wrangling, a few lost teeth, albeit done with--all the while--with good old fashioned Episcopo-speak and muddling. We'll be following this closely.  Rev. Charles Raven, elsewhere, has said, to wit and in essence, "We may be seeing the Church of England again for the first time."


Anonymous said...

I must say that I am a lot happier in the Church of England (Continuing) but there is a cost of coming out from them to receive the Lord's blessing.

Reformation said...

English Churchman:

1. Yes, there is a cost.

2. My only concern is the legitimate support of a faithful Pastor and his family, pension, health insurance, and a good income. That's all. If that is surmountable, then it is worth the cost.

Best regards,