Thursday, April 28, 2011

Accidental Anglican!

Just finished reading The Accidental Anlgican: The Surprising Appeal of the Liturgical Church by Todd D. Hunter (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2010). Find it at Amazon with look-inside feature.

Good read. The book narrates Hunter's journey from Jesus people to being head of the Vineyard Churches to Executive Director of Alpha USA to Bishop in AMiA. He was ordained a priest and then a bishop a month later! Now that is fast. He also gives snap shots of his Anglican heroes in J.I. Packer, John Stott, and N.T. Wright. A big theme of the book is Churches-for-the-sake-of-others or CS4O! He also unpacks the Anglican treasure chest of the liturgical calendar, the Book of Common Prayer, the ministry of the word, reciting the creed, and eucharist. Good overview of the Anglican Evangelistic Tradition and bios on some top Anglican leaders in Africa.

David Neff has a write up about the book in CT.

Here is a clip of Hunter preaching at Christ Church in Plano.

I find it interesting that John Wesley was an Anglican and so were the creators of the Westminster Confession. That's right boys and girls, we owe Methodism and Presbyterianism, partly, to Anglicanism!


Bex said...

The tell here is ordination as a priest and then as a bishop a month later. This would not happen in the Episcopal Church in the U.S., in the Church of England, or, for that matter in the worldwide Anglican Communion. the AiMA is not affiliated with any of these entities...not that there's anything wrong with that, but please don't confuse someone's love for the liturgical church (I count myself as one of them) with membership in the mainstream Anglican tradition.

Michael D. Bobo said...

I've had the privilege to sit under Todd twice during Lent. He's an inspiration. I live about 50 miles from Holy Trinity Church, so I'm watching and praying for a local expression of this kind of faith. I pray that C4SO makes a large dent in the Christian world of So Cal. Thanks for spreading the word about this man and his mission.

Michael F. Bird said...

I take your point, but I would hasten to add that the AMiA is under the jurisdiction of the Anglican Province of Rwanda and so they are authentically Anglican! What is more, the AMiA holds beliefs that are more in line with the majority of the world Anglicans compared to TEC.

FrGregACCA said...


Many journeys such as his don't stop with Anglicanism, but move on to either Roman Catholicism or one of the two forms of Orthodoxy.

I should know, although my journey was a bit more circuitous, passing through Rome before Canterbury and then on to a form of Orthodoxy.

BTW, the authors of the Westminster Confession were intentionally trying to turn Anglicanism into confessional Calvinism. Fr. John Wesley, OTOH, has something quite different in mind that could perhaps best be described as "Arminian Evangelical Catholicism".

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