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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Last night I finally had a chance to start reading GAFCON posts, and I woke up early this morning to read more. I'm especially interested in responses from local Episcopalians, as well as from key leaders. Here's a list of posts in the order I read them (I think):I have added and will probably continue to add more to the above list as I go along. My own two cents:

I personally think the GAFCON Statement is hugely refreshing and a giant step forward. Not perfect, but I think it will spur all on to love and good works (action). It's not just more of the same, thank God. It's clear and concise, took guts, is deeply spiritual and charitable but has teeth, and it got ++Rowan Williams to respond quickly - and that's a real first! Jesting aside, I think the Archbishop of Canterbury makes some good points, and he seems to have GAFCON's best interests in mind, as does Bishop Wright. [I wrote this before Bishop Wright's second response appeared, and I realize now that it's not that simple.] As impatient as I'm tempted to get with them, ++Williams and +Wright are looking for a long-term solution (e.g. an Anglican Covenant), and that takes time. Great structures don't get built overnight. But I love the GAFCON Statement all the same, especially the confident hope in the last line: "We believe the Anglican Communion should and will be reformed around the biblical gospel and mandate to go into all the world and present Christ to the nations."

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

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