January 29, 2021

One Reason I Became a Priest The following quote is one reason I became a priest: “I must study politics and war, that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.” – John Adams, 1780 letter to wife    Ever since the… Read more

December 22, 2020

Here’s another excerpt from my book, Love Me, Love My Wife: Ten Reasons Every Christian Must Join a Local Church. (It’s available on Amazon, here: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Me-My-Wife-Christians/dp/1725266296/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=love+me+love+my+wife+erlandson&qid=1608692778&sr=8-2)   Jesus Christ has a Body, of which each individual Christian is to be a member. If you are living as a Christian without being part of the local church, you are like a body part trying to live without being part of the body. In bodies, this leads quickly to death. In the… Read more

December 14, 2020

So, how did we get the Bible? (This is an excerpt from my book, Love Me, Love My Wife: Ten Reasons Every Christian Must Join a Local Church.)   The Bible was originally written over a period of about 1500 years. The Old Testament books were written from the time of Moses (a little later than 1500 B.C.) until the time of Malachi (around 400 B.C.). The New Testament books were written over a much shorter period of time, from… Read more

November 24, 2020

Tracts for the Times 2.0 Tract #2 Part 2 Today’s offering is Part 2 (of 3) of Tract #2. In it, I will continue presenting evidence that the Church in the British Isles was planted long before 597, was relatively well-established, and was associated with but not under the rule of the Roman Catholic Church during this time. At least five early Church historians speak of Christianity as existing in the British Isles long before 597 (last time we looked… Read more

November 20, 2020

      Tract #2 Part 1 – When Did Anglicanism Begin?       Here is Part 1 of Tract 2 of my Tracts for the Times 2.0 – “When Did Anglicanism Begin?” In my first Tracts for the Times 2.0, I provided a nuanced definition of Anglicanism that I hope will provide an anchor and encouragement in these fractured and fractious times. A definition of Anglicanism was the place to begin because in times of confusion, contestation, and… Read more

November 10, 2020

Tract #1 – What is Anglicanism? Today, I’m going to start re-publishing the Tracts for the Times 2.0 which I’ve been writing for The North American Anglican. I’m often asked the question, “What is Anglicanism?” To which I respond: “Do you want the two-word answer, the long one-sentence answer, or my book on Anglican identity? Avoiding having to answer the question of what Anglicanism is has been a favorite Anglican hobby for decades, and when we do get answers to… Read more

September 17, 2020

In my last blog, I gave a 2-word definition of Anglicanism: “Reformed Catholicism.” I also promised this time to provide a 1-sentence definition. Recognizing the full weight of the truism that “fools rush in where angels dare to tread,” here it is: “Anglicanism is the life of the catholic church that was planted in England in the first few centuries after Christ; reshaped decisively by the English Reformation that reformed the received catholic traditions and also by the Evangelical and… Read more

September 7, 2020

How would you define Anglicanism? There used to be a game show called “Name that Tune,” in which contestants competed to name tunes in as few notes as possible. One contestant would say, “I can name that tune in ten notes,” and the other might respond, “I can name it in eight.” The two contestants would bid lower and lower until one dared the other, saying: “Name that tune!” I will now attempt to define Anglicanism not in ten words… Read more

August 6, 2020

There are two and a half billion Christians in the world today. Does this mean that Jesus has two and a half billion brides? God forbid! That would make Jesus the ultimate polygamist. Jesus has one and only one Bride: the Church. Each individual Christian is but one member of this beautiful and holy Bride of Jesus. Read more

July 24, 2020

Therefore, how you treat the Church is how you are treating Jesus. You really can’t say I love God, whom you haven’t see if you don’t love Jesus’ Bride, whom you have seen. Read more

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