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Articles by Br. Jacob Theunisz, BTh, BSc, licensed minister Church of England.
Views and opinions expressed are purely my own.

Do pastors have their own kind of spirituality?

On the 25th of June 2017, the Old-Catholic Church in Amsterdam hosted a symposium on the question whether there is such a thing as a specific priestly spirituality. For me, the clearest answer came from Revd. Mattijs Ploeger, lecturer in Systematic Theology. Defining spirituality as living close to Christ and His mission, he came to [...]

By |2017-07-04T16:00:28+00:00July 2nd, 2017|Articles|2 Comments

Reforms and limitations of Vatican II

In 1964 The Roman Catholic Church held the Second Vatican Council and adopted a new dogmatic constitution dealing with how the Church understood itself, in other words about its ecclesiology. I was only seven at the time and completely unaware of its implications, for other churches as well. The constitution was called Lumen Gentium, Light [...]

By |2017-07-13T15:17:48+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Articles|0 Comments

Clergy and laity dualism

In this article, we will look at the grounds, if any, for distinguishing two groups of Christians, a laity and a clergy. First of all, it is important to recognise that the terms “laity” and “clergy” are not used in the Bible in a technical sense. When they are used at all, they are not [...]

By |2018-03-10T20:53:46+00:00June 16th, 2017|Articles|2 Comments

Fighting the right battles – spiritual warfare

“For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil ….” Ephesians 6:12 Early October I was reminded of this text when several normally reliable news sources reported that the Russian Orthodox Church [...]

By |2016-04-18T13:52:05+00:00November 7th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Do this as often as you do it…

How often should we celebrate the Eucharist? Why do Roman Catholics, most Anglicans, many Methodists, Lutherans and Presbyterians have a weekly Eucharist (Holy Communion) and most other churches a monthly, quarterly or even annual Holy Supper? The Anglican way to approach such questions is to turn to the Bible, to tradition and to reason. [...]

By |2015-11-07T15:56:08+00:00March 8th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments