The Cranmer Fellows Podcast
By Church of the Good Shepherd
The Cranmer Fellows PodcastMay 31, 2023
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16. He It Is That Bears Much Fruit
This week's episode is a sermon by Matt given a couple weeks ago. The text is John 15:1-5. We pray that you are comforted and built up by the gospel!
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15. The Sufficiency of Scripture
This week we are continuing our walk through of the 39 Articles. Today Matt works through:
Article 6: Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation
Article 7: Of the Old Testament
Have you ever wondered what place the Apocrypha has and why, for Protestants, it is not considered Scripture? Or what about the Old Testament - specifically the Law... Should Christians still consider the Old Testament as God's word to them today?
Matt covers all of these questions and many more.
14. Christ's Descent into Hell, the Resurrection, and the Holy Spirit
In today's episode we continue our walk through the 39 Articles of Religion. In this recording, Matt looks at the following Articles:
Article 3: Of the Going Down of Christ into Hell
Article 4: Of the Resurrection of Christ
Article 5: Of the Holy Spirit
There is a lot to take in here, but we pray that this episode helps you think through these very important theological topics.
13. The Future of Anglicanism
In this episode Matt talks about GAFCON (Global Anglican Future Conference), which just held its fourth gathering in Kigali, Rwanda. Whether you are an Anglican or not, the story of how and why GAFCON was born is the story of the church standing firm on Biblical truth and contending for the "faith once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). This last gathering in Kigali has brought hope to many Christians, while also ruffling some feathers.
In the wake of the Church of England's proposal for prayers of thanksgiving over same-sex unions (really the outcome of years of moving away from the authority of God's word), GAFCON IV has offered a way forward for those in the Anglican Communion who refuse to stand with the Church of England and her apostasy.
But this way forward was not paved over night.
In this episode Matt walks us through the history of GAFCON and the road leading up to the statement that came out of the most recent gathering: The Kigali Commitment.
12. Our Method is to Preach the Word
In this episode, Jonathan is joined by Father Ife Ojetayo - Church of the Holy Trinity (Syracuse, NY).
Ife shares his journey to pastoral ministry, his experience at Westminster Theological Seminary, and some of his joys and struggles in ministry. He and Jonathan also discuss the importance of preaching God's word as the method in which we make disciples. "What you win people with is what you win them to," as someone somewhere said at sometime. And it is true. We want to win people to Christ - so we preach Christ and only Christ... all the time.
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11. I Will, With God's Help
In this episode, Jonathan is joined by Jerry Shriver - pastor of St. Andrews in Endicott, NY.
Jerry shares his journey in following God's call to pastoral ministry and the struggles along the way. A call to ministry is not often cut and dry, and it's rarely a "mountaintop experience." Rather, through the ordinary events of life, God takes men by the hand and leads them step by step to where He wants them.
Jerry and Jonathan touch on the uncertainty and anxiety that is often felt in obeying God's call, and they open up about some of their own insecurities in ministry. Serving Christ and his Church is no walk in the park, but with God's help it can be done.
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10. How Liturgical Worship Shapes Us
We are back, and we have a long episode for you!
Matt is on his way to the Global Anglican Futures Conference (GAFCON), so Jonathan is joined today by the Rev. Tyler VanFossen.
Tyler is a deacon in the ACNA and teaches Humanities and Bible at a Classical Christian school in South Carolina. He and Jonathan catch up on the work he is doing down in SC and discuss the importance of liturgical worship.
In this episode we explore:
- how liturgical church refashioned both of our perspectives of worship
- the Book of Common Prayer and its approach to worship
- how a good many people today are looking for a structure to life and worship that is deeper than the average Non-denom fair (though we do not beat up on our non-denom friends)
- and much more!
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9. Sermon: For it is God Who Works in You
In this episode Matt preaches on Philippians 2:12-13, "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure."
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8. Christian Education: The Divinity and Humanity of Jesus
How is it that Jesus was both God and Man? Why did God have to take on flesh anyway? Was Jesus really forsaken by the Father on the cross? How does the Lord's Supper fit into all of this?
Well, if you've asked these questions before, you're in luck - because that's exactly what we are talking about today.
In this episode we are going back to Matt's teaching series on the 39 Articles, where he will be leading us through Article 2: Of the Word or Son of God, which was made very Man.
7. The English Reformation, Part 2
Well, we hit a lot of stuff in this episode. Everything from the English Reformation, reformed theology, the regulative and normative principles of worship, imposing ashes on Ash Wednesday, how tied to the reformers we should be in our own thinking, and ChatGPT (of course). It's all connected though under our broader conversation of how the Anglican church came to be. We hope you glean some insight and encouragement from our conversation!
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Lastly, here is a link to a debate that Matt had a while back with the canon theologian of our diocese. They battle it out on whether Anglicans should impose Ashes on Ash Wednesday or not.
6. Christian Education: The 39 Articles
This is a recording from a class Matt taught in 2021. In this class Matt introduces the 39 Articles of Religion - the doctrinal statement of the Anglican Church. In this episode Matt will walk us through the historical backdrop of the 39 Articles and dive into Article 1: On the Trinity.
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5. The English Reformation, Part 1
In this episode, Matt and Jonathan discuss the foundations of the English Reformation.
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4. Sermon: Ash Wednesday
This is a sermon that Matt preached on Ash Wednesday in 2020. Whether you observe Ash Wednesday or not, and whether or not you believe the church should impose ashes on this day, the gospel is still preached here for weary sinners. We pray that this Ash Wednesday and Lent you will keep your eyes focused on Jesus Christ who bled and died for you.
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3. What Are Pastors and Do We Need Them?
This week Matt and Jonathan discuss what it means to be a pastor. In this episode they navigate topics such as:
- What kind of man is the pastor supposed to be?
- What does a pastor do all week?
- What do some of the odd Anglican terms like "vicar," "rector," and "priest" mean?
- Why, in Anglicanism, can only priests and bishops administer the Lord's Supper?
- First steps to take for anyone thinking about entering into pastoral ministry, and much more!
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2. What is Anglicanism?
This is a long lost episode, dug up now for (we hope) your benefit. This is the first part of a discussion that Jonathan, Matt, and Tyler had a couple years back. In this episode we discuss how Church of the Good Shepherd began making pastoral training a priority, and we dive into some history of the Anglican church.
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1. Welcome to the Cranmer Fellows
In this episode, Jonathan and Matt discuss the pastorate, sermon writing, and how making the Sunday service welcoming is not the same as fashioning the entire service around the desires of the outsider.
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