Todd Stepp

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Name: Todd Stepp
Date registered: March 3, 2012
URL: http://wesleyananglican.blogspot.com/

Latest posts

  1. Wesleyan/Anglican: WESLEYAN-ANGLICAN SOCIETY SPECIAL DEAL — December 11, 2014
  2. Wesleyan/Anglican: The Book of Common Prayer — November 29, 2014
  3. Wesleyan/Anglican: The Sacramental Nature of Baptism As Seen In Song — November 22, 2014
  4. Wesleyan/Anglican: N.T. Wright : Husband and Wife – A Signpost for Heaven & Earth and God’s Creation — November 18, 2014
  5. Wesleyan/Anglican: Phineas F. Bresee — November 13, 2014

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Dec 11 2014

Wesleyan/Anglican: WESLEYAN-ANGLICAN SOCIETY SPECIAL DEAL

Original post at http://wesleyananglican.blogspot.com/2014/12/wesleyan-anglican-society-special-deal.html


The Wesleyan-Anglican Society has an opportunity to possibly have a table in the exhibit hall during the Church of the Nazarene's Mission 15 Conference, February 9-11.

The M-15 Conference is the largest all-church gathering for Nazarenes in the U.S. & Canada between general assemblies. To have a table in the exhibition hall at this even would potentially give the WAS A LOT of exposure!

The cost of having a table is $400, and would be due in January. However, because of the lackluster response to our official membership process, we do not have the money needed to purchase a spot. Therefore, even though membership in the Society runs from Aldersgate (May 24) to Aldersgate, we are offering everyone who goes to our website, fills out the membership application and pays their dues during the month of December, not only current year membership, but 2015-2016 membership, as well! (And, yes, we will grandfather in those who have been faithful and have already paid dues AND filled out membership applications. Some have not done both!)

The WAS website can be found, here.

Join the Society, today!

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Nov 29 2014

Wesleyan/Anglican: The Book of Common Prayer

Original post at http://wesleyananglican.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-book-of-common-prayer.html


I recently posted the following video on my Facebook profile page.  It comes from St. Peter's Anglican Church in Evans, Georgia.  Their descriptor reads, "The Anglican Book of Common Prayer that guides our worship and forms our belief."

This, too, is our heritage as Wesleyan Christians.  We are reminded that John Wesley gave to us a conservative version of the Book of Common Prayer to guide our worship and form our beliefs, as well.  He called it "The Sunday Service of the Methodists in North America." 

For those Wesleyan/Methodist Christians who are unfamiliar with our Prayer Book heritage, I comment "The Sunday Service" to you.  -  May God truly shape our faith and life.


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Nov 22 2014

Wesleyan/Anglican: The Sacramental Nature of Baptism As Seen In Song

Original post at http://wesleyananglican.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-sacramental-nature-of-baptism-as.html


This evening, during Evening Prayer, I finished singing through Wesley Hymns (edited by Ken Bible) . . . at least for this go around!  -  The last hymn in the book expresses the sacramental nature of baptism, nicely.  This is a good reminder for Wesleyan Christians (especially Evangelical ones) that we differ from many "Evangelical Christians" at this point.  Instead, we stand in line with our Methodist and Anglican forefathers, back to the Ancient and New Testament Church.

Many of our Evangelical sisters and brothers (e.g., Baptists), view holy baptism (and holy communion) as a mere ordinance.  (I say mere, because ordinances they surely are.  Even the hymn uses that term.  However, they are not merely so.)  As a mere ordinance, our sisters and brothers of this tradition view baptism as something that, while commanded by Christ, is exclusively understood to be a testimony by the one being baptized concerning what Christ has done in his/her life by faith.

We Wesleyans would affirm that, when a convert is being baptized, s/he is, indeed, testifying to what Christ has done in her/his life by faith . . . but we believe that this testimony is secondary.  Along with our forefathers in the faith, we believe that holy baptism is primarily God's work.  That is to say, we believe that baptism is not just an ordinance.  It is also a sacrament.  Whether the one being baptized is an infant or an adult convert, when we come to the waters of baptism with faith in Christ, God is present and at work.  Further, as the hymn makes clear, we believe that the whole of the Holy Trinity is at work in this sacrament.

To be sure, it is not an "automatic thing" simply because we go through the outward motions of a ritual.  Nevertheless, God's promised presence is granted to those who come with faith in Him.

Charles Wesley expresses this sacramental nature of baptism in this hymn:
 

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

1. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
In solemn pow'r come down!
Present with Thy heav'nly host,
Thine ordinance to crown,
See a sinful soul of earth!
Bless to him the cleansing flood!
Plunge him, by a second birth,
Into the depths of God.

2. Let the promised inward grace
Accompany the sign;
On this newborn soul impress
The character divine!
Father, all Thy name reveal;
Jesus, all Thy name impart;
Holy Ghost, renew and dwell
Forever in his heart!
 
 
(Charles Wesley)

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Nov 18 2014

Wesleyan/Anglican: N.T. Wright : Husband and Wife – A Signpost for Heaven & Earth and God’s Creation

Original post at http://wesleyananglican.blogspot.com/2014/11/nt-wright-husband-and-wife-signpost-for.html


The following is a video of N.T. Wright addressing the Humanum Colliquium.  I found it posted on my friend, Fr. James Gibson's blog, Locust and Wild Honey.  If it were not for his post, I couldn't have copied it, here!

I found +Wright's video to be well worth watching.  I hope you do, as well.

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Nov 13 2014

Wesleyan/Anglican: Phineas F. Bresee

Original post at http://wesleyananglican.blogspot.com/2014/11/phineas-f-bresee.html


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Nov 13 2014

Wesleyan/Anglican: One Desire

Original post at http://wesleyananglican.blogspot.com/2014/11/one-desire.html


We live in a world in which we hear from certain supposed "Christian leaders" that God's greatest desire is to bless us with financial success.  This supposed "gospel message" is broadcast via TV, radio and the internet, and is found in print in best selling "Christian" books.  These "Christian leaders" encourage Christians to pursue such "blessings" in the name of Jesus; a pursuit, it must be pointed out, that is no different in kind than the pursuit of secular minded non-Christians throughout the world . . . save that it is done "in Jesus' name."

As readers of this blog know, it is my custom to (usually) include some hymns while praying the office of Morning Prayer.  Currently, I am singing from Wesley Hymns, compiled by Ken Bible (Lillenas Publishing).  Today's hymn, along with the passage quoted below the hymn, provide a wonderful corrective to the popular message described, above.  The hymn, of course, is a (very short) hymn by Charles Wesley, and the quote following the hymn comes from John Wesley's A Plain Account of Christian Perfection.

May the words of this hymn and John Wesley's words be true for me and for the whole Church!

O My All-sufficient God

O my all-sufficient God,
Thou know'st my heart's desire;
Be this only thing bestowed;
I nothing else require,
Nothing else in earth or skies,
Not through all eternity;
Heav'n itself could not suffice:
I seek not Thine, but Thee.
 
"One design you are to pursue to the end of time, the enjoyment of God in time and in eternity.  Desire other things so far as they tend to this; love the creature, as it leads to the Creator.  But in every step you take, be this the glorious point that terminates your view.  Let every affection, and thought, and word, and action, be subordinate to this.  Whatever you desire or fear, whatever you seek or shun, whatever you think, speak, or do, be it in order to your happiness in God, the sole end, as well as source, of your being."


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