The Corporate Element in Private Prayer

A Christian is never alone.

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There really is no such thing as private prayer, if by “private” we mean “cut off from” the corporate body of God’s people in the local church. And yet, our natural inclination as moderns seems to assume that very thing, namely, that my private prayers are just between me and God, perhaps reflecting what Charles Taylor refers to as the ‘punctual self’, whose radical independence makes for a self that is merely a ‘point’ in blank space, an abstraction from community, place, and the other.

The daily offices (morning/evening prayer) of the Prayer Book, even when used as private prayer, are not strictly separable from the corporate gathering of the local parish church. Since the prayers are spiritual offerings to God, even in private these offerings are not merely for the individual or for the individual’s family, friends, and neighbors, but for those with whom one communes at the…

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Dr. Brad Littlejohn On the Presence of Christ in Holy Communion

Masterful article from The Davenant Institute’s Dr. Brad Littlejohn that every Protestant should read: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/38a60f6bc26076242dc6c0939/files/c759b966-c1d6-4027-95ae-654e858f6fb0/Eucharist_print.pdf

Dr. Littlejohn makes an excellent point that the presence of Christ was not disputed by the Magisterial Reformers. Instead, the debate regards whether the bread and wine remain after its consecration for distribution to the laity.

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Be miserable in the new year

With the return of the Miserable Offenders Podcast, presented by the fine people of The North American Anglican.

Episode 6 dropped today on iTunes and other podcast services or may be streamed at the TNAA website. Additionally, be sure to like the new Facebook page for the podcast and subscribe and rate us on iTunes.

Bishop J.C. Ryle: a New Year’s sermon – “Are You Ready?”

A must-read sermon for the new year that focuses on the hard realities of life, and the only hope for the human condition.

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As has become a tradition on this blog, I am posting this again–a New Year’s sermon by J.C. Ryle, “Are You Ready?” and I think it is a good way to begin a new year:

I ASK you a plain question at the beginning of a new year: Are you ready?

It is a solemn thing to part company with the old year. It is a still more solemn thing to begin a new one. It is like entering a dark passage: we know not what we may meet before the end. All before us is uncertain: we know not what a day may bring forth, much less what may happen in a year. Reader, are you ready?

Are you ready for sickness? You cannot expect to be always well. You have a body fearfully and wonderfully made: it is awful to think how many diseases may assail it.

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