What could be better on a Friday than Protestant Anglican theology mixing with album titles from a variety of music genres? As you may or may not know, the majority of contributors on this site are of the Low Church Protestant Anglican/Episcopalian variety. And we have the 39 Articles of Religion on our side!
Articles 10 through 12 are the heart of the 39 Articles and they are the reason Anglicans are clearly positioned among the Protestant church bodies of the world. They confess the bondage of the will (Article 10), justification by grace alone through faith alone on account of Christ’s righteousness alone (Article 11), and Christian love as a fruit which is born out of justification (Article 12). So, for the next three days, each of these distinctive articles will be showcased along with some album titles that (I think) help describe them. So, neither Oxford Movement, nor New Perspective, nor Emergent, nor Joint Declaration on Justification shall keep these preachers of the Gospel from giving you the Comfortable Words.
So, let’s begin…
X. Of Free-Will.
The condition of Man after the fall of Adam is such, that he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and good works, to faith; and calling upon God. Wherefore we have no power to do good works pleasant and acceptable to God, without the grace of God by Christ preventing us, that we may have a good will, and working with us, when we have that good will.
1) Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven – Godspeed You Black Emperor 2) Exile on Main Street – Rolling Stones 3) Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen 4) Mama Tried – Merle Haggard 5) Quadrophenia – The Who 6) We’re Only In It For the Money – Frank Zappa 7) Blood on the Tracks – Dylan 8) Did I Shave My Legs For This? – Deana Carter 9) Alas, I Cannot Swim – Laura Marling 10) Darling, You Know I Wouldn’t Lie – Conway Twitty
WHAT: Mockingbird seeks to connect the Christian faith with the realities of everyday life in fresh and down-to-earth ways.
WHY: Are we called Mockingbird? The name was inspired by the mockingbird’s peculiar gift for mimicking the cries of other birds. In a similar way, we seek to repeat the message we have heard - God’s word of grace and forgiveness.
HOW: Via every medium available! At present this includes (but is not limited to) a daily weblog, semi-annual conferences, and an ongoing publications initiative.
WHO: At present, we employ three full-time staff, David Zahl and Ethan Richardson and William McDavid. They are helped and supported by a large number of contributing volunteers and writers. Our board of directors is chaired by Mr. Thomas Becker.
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WHEN: Mockingbird was incorporated in June 2007 and is currently in its seventh year of operation.
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