Proving that conservative reform movements usually shatter into a hundred different pieces, ultra-conservative Anglican critic Robin G. Jordan has another critique of the reform ideals of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). This time, he focuses on the “three streams” topology used by ACNA to describe the church’s faith and practice — Evangelical, Catholic, and Charismatic. Jordan claims the three streams model endorses a revisionist, hyper-Catholic view of Anglicanism that has little relation to the Reformation or the historical character of Anglicanism. As he summarizes:
Rather than to make clear the distinct character of Anglicanism, the three-streams model is used in the North American Church to help forward a revisionist, hyper-Catholic view of Anglicanism that repackages Anglican Catholicism’s disregard of the Bible and its restoration of medieval tradition for a new generation. The product may bear the Anglican label and have “evangelical” and “charismatic” listed on the package but the main ingredient is unreformed Catholicism. Because of the misuse of this topology in the North American Church a more accurate descriptive model is needed.
Elsewhere, an odd form of affirmative action has entered the church among a Baptist sect in Missouri: the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Missouri is offering cash incentives to any church who considers hiring a female pastor.
Meanwhile, Rodney Clapp asks an incredibly important question: Would Jesus love football?
Pastor Mike Slaughter (he of the ultra-cool soul-patch goatee) offers comments on the greatest need in American churches today.