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July

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The Holy Spirit in Anglicanism

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, This is our last Monday email for the Ascension Essentials series and my guess is many of you will get it while preparing for your July 4th plans.  I’ve very much enjoyed this series and the dialogue with many of you and as always trust that what is below will stimulate further… Read More »

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June

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Anglican Music

By Dean Miller

Good Monday to you! This is the fifth in our Monday blogs for the Ascension Essentials series. The intent of these, again, is to stimulate further thought, discussion, and love of God and his world through what is below. I pray these are a blessing. Heroes: John Newton and William Cowper Yesterday I mentioned what… Read More »

05

June

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Tracks of Righteousness

By Andrew Litke

Samuel Johnson As I was preparing the sermon this week (which you can listen to HERE), Samuel Johnson was frequently on my mind. Johnson (1709–1784) stands among the most important writers and critics of English literature. His impressive resume includes numerous essays in The Rambler, The Idler, and The Adventurer; critically acclaimed poetry, such as London;… Read More »

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May

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Ascension Essentials 3: The Sacraments

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascensionites,  I hope when you find this (if you find it on Memorial Day or later in the week) you are encouraged by the daily commitment God has to you in light of our looking at the sacraments this past Sunday. The sacraments truly are a remarkable gift from God. A couple ways you… Read More »

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May

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Immerse Yourself in the Anglican Way

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, Yesterday we kicked off our 8-week series Ascension Essentials by looking at the powerful, life-giving reality of our God as Trinity, 3-in-1. As we have mentioned, each Monday of the series we’ll be sending an email to introduce an Anglican Hero, connect you to a few follow up resources, and give a… Read More »

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January

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Making What is From What was Not

By Morgan Reed

Creating what is out of what is not We desperately need to know that it is easy for God to raise the dead and call into existence that which does not yet exist because we encounter what feels immobilizing, disorienting, and impossible far too frequently. The Holy Scriptures proclaim that God is the one who makes “what is” out of… Read More »

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December

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Be our Christmas and Start the World Again

By Morgan Reed

I find so much comfort in this prayer from Walter Bruggemann’s Prayers for a Privileged People (p. 116): In this hour of free-fall, be your good self again, meet us not according to our flaw but according to your generous self-giving: Be our Christmas, and start the world again. . . Be our Christmas and start the… Read More »

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May

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He is Ascended! So What?

By Chuck Colson

Several years ago, when naming our fledgling church plant, our core group wanted to choose a name that reflected a theological concept essential for our life and witness in metro Washington, D. C. Living in the city at the center of the world’s system of power, we realized the significance of the exaltation of Jesus… Read More »

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December

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The New Logo: Cross & Crown

By Chuck Colson

Recently, Ascension adopted a new logo. In consultation with the designers, we hoped to capture themes central to our church’s name and mission in an aesthetically pleasing design. As you might imagine, there were a few initial blunders involving vertical take-offs and upward rising swooshes. After all, the ascension of Jesus is difficult to capture!… Read More »

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November

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Justifying Indicatives

By Chuck Colson

Voices in the Reformed resurgence are focusing attention on the importance of our justification in Christ for our sanctification, or growth in Christ. In a recent interview with Justin Taylor, Tullian Tchividjian represents this view. Justin asks, “How would you boil down your concern to one sentence?” Tullian answers, “We are justified by grace alone… Read More »