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Q+A with Robert Duncan: Christianity Today August 2009 p 17 July 25, 2009

Posted by geoconger in Anglican Church of North America, Christianity Today.
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The archbishop of the new Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) spoke with CT in Bedford, Texas, where conservatives constituted their alternative to the liberal Episcopal Church.

Q: What is going on here in Bedford?

A: Bedford for us Anglicans is the end of the beginning. We have struggled, some of our congregations for over 30 years, with issues that have been forced upon us by the Episcopal Church. We’ve come to a point where we are not operating in force anymore.

Q: Rick Warren told the ACNA not to be “reactionary,” what did he mean?

A: He means the war [in the Episcopal Church], it’s not yours anymore, that’s behind. God’s got a whole new work for you.  We are trying to move on. Don’t be reactionary or reactive means get over the wounds, get over the hurts, get over the lawsuits, get over all the stuff.

Q: What is the ACNA’s plan to reach out to America?

A: We want to be clear that the congregation is God’s fundamental way of doing things, just like the family is God’s fundamental building block for society. And if the chief agency is the congregation, the chief agents are the individual Christians.  We have to disciple. We have to teach people to love God … and share their faith. We have to teach them how to engage the world in service, in Christ’s love.

Q What is your message for Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams?

A: He should understand there really is realignment in Anglicanism. There is a new Reformation in the Christian West. I hope he sees the unity despite our diversity.  It’s a unity in Christ. He should see the passion for mission. I trust he sees a people that look recognizably Anglican.

Q: What do you have to say to those who criticize the ACNA for being against gays?

A: Jesus was not against anybody. We’re not against anybody. Jesus came to die for all.  The Father’s desire is to reach out to everyone—all of us are broken. What I hope people experience from us is the love of God. The starting place is meeting people where they are.  What we have embraced as our clear statement is the transforming love of Jesus Christ.  I hope that people come out and test us.

Comments

1. LGMarshall - August 3, 2009

Anglican Church in North America …. has somewhat of an ungainly name and it took such a Loooong! time, but I trust that ACNA will soon be a common acronym for: CHRISTIAN.

I’m praying for Robt. Duncan and his faithful flock for continued, Strength, Perseverance in the midst of persecution, and increased Joy as he provides the Faithful with unwavering Fellowship in Jesus Christ.

‘Give thanks to the God of heaven… who remembers us in our low estate, who has freed us from our enemies, who gives food to every creature, who leads his people through the desert, …. His love endures forever. ‘ (paraphrased psalms 136.)

2. Stuck in Toronto - August 4, 2009

What’s in a Name? I am excited about a Christian Church that transcends borders, political wrangling, cultural confusion, and provides a loyalty that exceeds nationhood. This is particularly desired as our governments move further away from He who rules all nations. ++Donican (:, can’t wait for our first church down Mexico way specially in Jan.- Feb.

3. Charlie J. Ray - August 7, 2009

ACNA is built on the same compromises of doctrine which gave birth to the current state of the apostate ECUSA province. I believe it is only a matter of time before the same thing happens in ACNA because its foundation is Anglo-Catholic tradition rather than the foundation of the Five Solas of the Protestant Reformation and the English Reformation, the 39 Articles, the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Scripture alone is the final authority in all matters of doctrine, faith, and practice — not church tradition or Anglo-Catholic deceptions.


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