Author Archives: Fr. Brench

About Fr. Brench

I'm an Anglican Priest and a sci-fi geek. Therefore, I write about spiritual formation, theology, biblical studies, and Doctor Who. But I keep those blogs separate so I don't confuse too many people!

Article 35: The Books of Homilies

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 35 states: XXXV. Of the Homilies The second Book of Homilies, the several titles whereof we have joined under this Article, doth contain a godly and … Continue reading

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Article 34: Church Traditions

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 34 states: XXXIV. Of the Traditions of the Church It is not necessary that Traditions and Ceremonies be in all places one, and utterly like; for … Continue reading

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Psalm 56 on Veterans Day

In the standard cycle of Psalms for every morning and evening of the month, the 11th day’s morning begins with Psalm 56.  Although this cycle of Psalm-praying was established centuries before the Great War, let alone the institution of Remembrance … Continue reading

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Article 33: The Excommunicated

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 33 states: XXXIII. Of Excommunicate Persons, how they are to be avoided That person which by open denunciation of the Church is rightly cut off from … Continue reading

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My Top 3 Reasons to Ditch the RCL

The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) is probably the most-used family of Bible-reading plans in the world right now.  The Roman Catholic Church uses a version of it, the Episcopal Church uses a version of it, various Anglican churches use versions … Continue reading

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Article 22 Revisited: the Saints as Advocates

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 22 states: XXII. Of Purgatory The Romish Doctrine concerning Purgatory, Pardons, Worshipping, and Adoration, as well of Images as of Reliques, and also invocation of Saints, … Continue reading

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Reformed Catholicism

Something I noticed rather prominent in the writings of various 17th century Anglicans as I was reading from them early this year was that they never referred to the “Roman Catholic Church.”  Romans, Papists, but never Catholics.  The reason for … Continue reading

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