Anglican Network Conference

Just to give you a quick heads-up, I will be attending the Network conference in Burlington, Ontario on 22nd-23rd November (details here). This time, it’ll be as a participant, not as a blogger – though I will try to let you know what is happening when I have time to do so and as discretion allows.

This conference, as the link above outlines, is not going to be another talking shop – this is the real deal. The lifeboat is being launched. If you want to know where I stand at this time, well, this should tell you enough:

Ichabod
June 2004

I saw a mid sized tree (or possibly a large bush) with only bare brown branches. The tree was dead, and represented to me the apostate church. Springing from the same ground, a little to one side, was a strong shoot, green and sprouting. This represented the new church that is being brought forth to life. I saw the potential that this shoot had, to become a strong vibrant tree, full of flowers and fruit.

This acted as a reinforcement of my current feeling that God is dividing the Church – not just letting it be divided, but actively making it happen, indeed using those with a liberal agenda to His purposes. The dead tree is ‘ichabod’ – the Glory has departed. The structure is still there, and indeed may take some time to decay, but the Glory is there no more. I am left with the impression that investing any more time in this structure is futile, a waste of time. Rather, we should be considering the growth of what God is raising up. It has a real potential, but it’s still potential now, we need to be obedient in being grown. Don’t concentrate on the birth pains, concentrate on what is being born!

UPDATE: I wanted to include a comment and my reply from over at the AEC blog – as I think this is crucial to our understanding of this time:

Mrs. Falstaff
I think you are right. But I wonder why I see so many people around me so excited, and I am still so heartbroken and sad.

Peter
I think you are entirely right Mrs Falstaff. When I attended an Essentials conference a couple of years ago I was struck with a sense of deep sorrow and need for repentance – knowing that the problem wasn’t ‘them’ – it was us.

Indeed, that it was so important to enter into what God is preparing with that understanding and attitude, not thinking that we were somehow the righteous, and leaving in that self-righteousness to what ‘we’ were making.

Rather to understand that we dropped the ball – both corporately and individually, and come to the Lord in repentance , genuine humility and sorrow – Lord we messed up, please forgive and restore us.

If we don’t enter into the Lords plan with that heart, then we’ll just bring the mess and rubbish we think we are leaving behind with us.

Lord, have mercy!

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10 Responses to Anglican Network Conference

  1. Tregonsee says:

    My prayers that this will be a beacon to the timorous down south here in the US who always seem to flinch when it comes to actually doing something.

  2. Peter says:

    Well, I hope it helps some, though from what I’ve read you guys are doing things as well?

    The difference here is that our ‘network’ is making the main move now whereas your ‘network’ might be a bit slower in some cases, perhaps because you’ll be rescuing some dioceses from the wreckage. There are no network dioceses here, though there are some orthodox ones that may (or may not) have to jump eventually.

  3. The Rt Rev'd Lee Poteet says:

    I don’t know you but I know that you go to do the work of God and for that reason my prayers and those of others will be with you and with the assembly. It is terrible to see the old tree die, but wonderous to see the new life coming. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

  4. Peter says:

    Thank you, all prayers most appreciated!

  5. timbob says:

    Greetings. The acount of the dead tree representing the apostate church is quite a warning for all of us to “examine ourselves.” It’s amazing how easy it is to make the transition from sincerety to mechanics; just as the Ephesian did in Revelation. They were doing all of the right things, but had left their first love as they became focused on the programs. May we all draw ever closer to Jesus Christ, our first love; worshiping and serving him in spirit and in truth.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.

    timbob

  6. Peter says:

    Yup – it’s a sobering wake-up call indeed. I echo your prayer.

    Blessings,

    Peter

  7. Pauline Bettney says:

    Peter – I catch up with the blogs daily and the The Dream published on the Homeward Bound blog is another point of reference for getting prepared. Just listening to Robin Mark at top volume gives one courage.

  8. Peter says:

    You’re getting ahead of me – I was going to reference that today 😉

  9. Pauline Bettney says:

    Sorry – when you are retired you can do these things.

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