Author Archives: Fr. Brench

About Fr. Brench

I'm a Priest in the Anglican Diocese in New England interested in spiritual formation, theology, and the growth of God's Kingdom.

Suffering for the Sake of Righteousness

This is my sermonon 1 Peter 3:8-18, preached on the 6th Sunday of Eastertide (Rogation Sunday), 21 May 2017. Introduction: Receiving Good & Evil from the Lord “Satan said the Lord, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will … Continue reading

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Who is God? – summarizing Articles 1-5

The 39 Articles of Religion begin with the absolute basic questions of reality: who is God?  This is the heart of the definition of theology, explaining who and what God is. The liturgy of the Anglican tradition, as ordered in … Continue reading

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Article 18: In Christ Alone

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 18 states: XVIII. Of obtaining eternal Salvation only by the Name of Christ They also are to be had accursed that presume to say, That every … Continue reading

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Eloquence is Only a Tool

Fine style does not make something true, nor has a man a wise soul because he has a handsome face and well-chosen eloquence….  He seemed to them prudent and wise because he charmed them by the way he talked. Saint … Continue reading

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Article 17: Predestination & Election

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 17 states: XVII. Of Predestination and Election Predestination to Life is the everlasting purpose of God, whereby (before the foundations of the world were laid) he … Continue reading

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Faith and Faulty Science

Saint Augustine of Hippo wrote one of the earliest “personal testimony” autobiographies that we still have today among our Christian literature.  In roughly 300 pages, he walks through his life from infancy to his present day, detailing the state of … Continue reading

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Article 16: Sin after Baptism

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 16 states: XVI. Of Sin after Baptism Not every deadly sin willingly committed after Baptism is sin against the Holy Ghost, and unpardonable. Wherefore the grant … Continue reading

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