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Justification & Merit

My Reformation Study Bible, ed. by R.C. Sproul, Sr., (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1995) articulates the basics of the Christian doctrines of “Justification and Merit” (p. 1852) (which also pertains to “Salvation.”) Therein it notes: The doctrine of justification, the stormcenter of the Reformation, was for Paul the heart of the gospel (Rom. 1:17; 3:21-5:21; Gat. […]

God’s Servant: Archbishop Thomas Cranmer

by Ryan Setliff Thomas Cranmer, serving as Archbishop of Canterbury, played a pivotal role in the English Reformation of the church. When he first heard news about his appointment while away in continental Europe, he shrugged off the notion, even delaying his return in hopes an impatient Henry VIII would appoint another party. His initial […]

1928 Book of Common Prayer – A Prayer for The President of the U.S., and all in Civil Authority.

A Prayer for The President of the United States,and all in Civil Authority. ALMIGHTY God, whose kingdom is everlasting and power infinite; Have mercy upon this whole land; and so rule the hearts of thy servants THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, DONALD JOHN TRUMP, The Governor of this State, Bill Lee, and all others in authority, that they, […]

St. John Chrysostom’s Christmas Homily

As we count down the days of Christmas to Epiphany on Wednesday, 6 January 2021, St. John Chrysostom’s “Homily on Christmas Morning” warrants quoting at length: BEHOLD a new and wondrous mystery. My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing. The Archangels […]

Christmas brings the Miracle of Christ’s Incarnation to Center Stage

“For He was made man that we might be made God; and He manifested Himself by a body that we might receive the idea of the unseen Father; and He endured the insolence of men that we might inherit immortality.” —St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation “Have this mind among yourselves,” avowed Saint Paul, “which is yours […]

The Nativity of our Lord; the Christmas Liturgy of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer

The Nativity of our Lord, or the Birth-day of Christ commonly called Christmas Day, December 25. The Collect Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by […]

A Review of the Benedict Option.

A Review of Rod Dreher, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation (New York, NY: Sentinel, 2017) by Ryan Setliff. [originally published on November 2018] Here’s the Cliff Notes’ version of the Benedict Option; in case you missed the apologetic for the monastic trap; simply put, it’s a failed strategy of […]

Imago Dei – All Men Are Created In The Image of God

Imago Dei is the Latin transliteration of the aphorism, “Image of God,” as found in the Old Testament Book of Genesis in the grand divine creation narrative. This term “Image of God” is defined as the metaphysical expression rooted in mankind’s likeness to their Creator God, and it is associated uniquely to human beings, and […]