Preaching Aids for the Church Year
The Harmony of the Collects, Epistles, and Gospels by Melville Scott
Melville Scott’s The Harmony of the Collects, Epistles, and Gospels has been nearly impossible to find despite the fact that it went through numerous print runs near the turn of the Twentieth Century. Scott provides a masterful and insightful break-down of the themes of the Church Year that shows the interconnectedness of the Sundays of the year, even during Trinitytide. For each Sunday he provides a brief summary of the day’s theme, followed by devotional thoughts and outlines for preaching on the Epistle, Gospel, and Collect. This is an excellent aid for both the preacher as he prepares his sermons and for the layman who desires to enrich his hearing of the day’s lessons. Scott’s work lies at the heart of Lindemann’s The Sermon and the Propers. Note that Scott’s Harmony covers only the Sundays of the year and major feast days of our Lord and is based on the propers of the 1662 Prayer Book.
(Hardcover, 226 pages, US$20.00)
(Paperback, 226 pages, US$10.50)
(Electronic, epub format, US6.99)
Sermons on the Epistles and Gospels by Isaac Williams
The Anglican Expositor is pleased to present this new edition of Isaac Williams’ Sermons on the Epistles and Gospels for Sundays and Holy Days Throughout the Year. Originally published in two volumes in the mid-19th Century, the text is now fully re-typset and offered in a single volume with up-to-date formatting. While studying at Trinity College, Oxford Williams’ poetry caught the eye of John Keble, who took Williams under his wing. After his graduation and ordination Williams went on to assist John Newman as curate of St. Mary’s, Oxford. He became known for his able exposition of Scripture. These sermons are fine examples of the art of expositional preaching. In each sermon Williams begins with a solid exposition of the day’s Epistle as a lead-in to an exposition of the Gospel. He ties both together with the unifying theme of the day and then concludes with excellent devotional thoughts and practical application. Every set of “propers” from the eucharistic lectionary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer is covered. These sermons are both an excellent devotional aid to the Church Year for laymen and a homiletic treasure trove for the preacher.
(Hardcover, 601 pages, US$30.00)
(Paperback, 601 pages, US$21.00)
The Annotated Book of Common Prayer Edited by John Henry Blunt
Blunt’s massive commentary on the 1662 Book of Common Prayer is a must for anyone interested in the study of Anglican liturgy. His comprehensive notes on the entire Prayer Book cover history, doctrine, and ritual. Preachers will find his historical and doctrinal commentary on the Epistles and Gospels of the Prayer Book’s eucharistic lectionary will find this volume particularly helpful. This volume has been prepared from fresh, quality scans of the final 1899 edition of the book and are presented in their original oversized format.
Sermons on the Liturgy for Sundays and Feast Days by Pius Parsch
The rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer remind us that Sacrament can never be separated from Word—that there must be a sermon at every celebration of the Holy Communion. This book of sermons on the Church Year by Pius Parsch demonstrates profoundly this link between Word and Sacrament. While Parsch offers excellent historical background and exposition of the Epistles and Gospels of the historic Western Lectionary, he truly shines in his applications which tie into the Eucharist, taking us by the hand from Pulpit to Table. If you’ve ever struggled with application or with the integral connection between Word and Sacrament, this is a rich resource. (Note: These sermons are based on the Epistles and Gospels of the Pre-Vatican II Roman lectionary. While almost identical to those of Common Prayer during the first half of the Church Year, the Epistles during Trinitytide are, from an Anglican perspective, one week out of sync.)
(Hardcover, 346 pages, US$23.00)
(Paperback, 346 pages, US$13.50)
Horæ Homileticæ: The Works of Charles Simeon
Charles Simeon, one of the most prominent evangelical Anglican clergymen in the 18th and 19th Centuries, was known for his own powerful biblical preaching in a day when many preachers lacked the skills to preach well. To aid such preachers, he collected 54 years of his own sermons from Genesis to Revelation into 21 volumes. Dubbing them “skeletons”, he first gives the major divisions or points for each Scripture passage. Under each of these headings he fleshes out the expositional details and offers biblical illustration and cross-references. These “skeletons” aren’t simply his sermons, nor is this just expositional commentary, but an aid meant to teach preachers how to write their own sermons. Simeon takes the preacher by the hand and walks him through the Scripture texts, showing him the main divisions and points, providing cross-references, and leading him to flesh out those points with his own thoughts. Volume 1 includes Simeon’s introduction in which he lays out his own rationale for preaching and serves as a “user’s guide” to the series. Volume 21 includes Simeon’s “improved” version of Jean Claude’s excellent work on sermon composition as well as copious indexes to all twenty-one volumes.
(Note that these books have been produced from scans of the final edition of Horæ Homileticæ, printed in 1832 and 1833. The pages in the original are dark and very mottled and for that reason the pages were scanned with low contrast. Although these books should not be difficult to read, the text is not as dark and crisp as it would otherwise be. A sample can be viewed here.)
Volume I: Genesis to Leviticus (Hardcover $30, Paperback $21, 723 pages)
Volume II: Numbers to Joshua (Hardcover $29, Paperback $19, 635 pages)
Volume III: Judges to 2 Kings (Hardcover $28, Paperback $18, 574 pages)
Volume IV: 1 Chronicles to Job (Hardcover $26, Paperback $17, 520 pages)
Volume V: Psalms 1-72 (Hardcover $27, Paperback $18, 556 pages)
Volume VI: Psalms 73-150 (Hardcover $27, Paperback $17, 537 pages)
Volume VII: Proverbs to Isaiah 26 (Hardcover $29, Paperback $19, 640 pages)
Volume VIII: Isaiah 27-66 (Hardcover $29, Paperback $20, 662 pages)
Volume IX: Jeremiah to Daniel (Hardcover $28, Paperback $18, 579 pages)
Volume X: Hosea to Malachi (Hardcover $29, Paperback $19, 639 pages)
Volume XI: Matthew (Hardcover $29, Paperback $19, 628 pages)
Volume XII: Mark to Luke 16 (Hardcover $28, Paperback $18, 576 pages)
Volume XIII: Luke 17 to John 12 (Hardcover $28, Paperback $18, 583 pages)
Volume XIV: John 13 to Acts (Hardcover $29, Paperback $19, 612 pages)
Volume XV: Romans (Hardcover $29, Paperback $19, 608 pages)
Volume XVI: 1 & 2 Corinthians (Hardcover $29, Paperback $20, 652 pages)
Volume XVII: Galatians & Ephesians (Hardcover $27, Paperback $17, 527 pages)
Volume XVIII: Philippians to 1 Timothy (Hardcover $28, Paperback $18, 560 pages)
Volume XIX: 2 Timothy to Hebrews (Hardcover $28, Paperback $18, 562 pages)
Volume XX: James to Jude (Hardcover $28, Paperback $18, 582 pages)
Volume XXI: Revelation; Claude’s essay on Sermon Composition, Indexes (Hardcover $28, Paperback $18, 587 pages)
Genesis: An Expositional and Devotional Commentary by William A. Klock
Sixty chapters, adapted from Fr. Bill’s series of sermons on Genesis, take the reader verse by verse through the book. Fr. Bill begins by showing how the early chapters of Genesis must be read in light of ancient cosmology and history if we’re to properly understand them, not as a modern explanation of material origins, but as an ancient account of functional origins. From within this ancient-world context, Fr. Bill shows how Genesis confronts the gods and beliefs of the pagans on their own turf to show his sovereignty and faithfulness. The rest of the book follows these themes of sovereignty and faithfulness as God calls Abraham and works to restore humanity to himself through this special man and his family.
(Hardcover, 469 pages, US$30.00)
(Paperback, 469 pages, US$22.00)
(Electronic, epub format, US$8.99)
Psalm 119: An Expositional Commentary by William A. Klock
These are Fr. Bill’s own sermons on the 119th Psalm, preached during Trinitytide 2010. Psalm 119 is an incredibly rich passage of Scripture—an acrostic hymn in praise of the Word of God and arranged according to the order of the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. These twenty-two sermons take the reader through the entire Psalm, stanza by stanza.
(Hardcover, 170 pages, US$18.50)
(Paperback, 170 pages, US$10.00)
(Electronic, epub format, US$6.99)
These are Fr. Bill’s own sermons on St. Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians, which were preached between Trinity 2009 and Epiphany 2010. Thirty-one sermons take the reader through First Corinthians, verse by verse, and show how St. Paul’s words of wisdom to a struggling church are still imminently practical to Christians today.
(Hardcover, 226 pages, $19.00)
(Paperback, 226 pages, $10.50)
(Electronic, epub format, US$6.99)
The Works of Richard Hooker
Edited by John Keble, Third Edition
Richard Hooker is arguably one of the most important of the English Reformers. Many would argue that he was the most important, despite the fact that he wrote a generation after the death of Thomas Cranmer. Hooker, more than anyone else, drew together the loose ends of the English Reformation and tied them into the Elizabethan Settlement to define what we recognise today as the distinctive ethos of Anglicanism. Not only is his legacy felt throughout the field of Anglican theology, Hooker’s thinking was also hugely influential in modern political philosophy, especially that of John Locke.
Sadly, affordable editions of Hooker are unavailable. I produced this edition for my personal use, but friends and colleagues have told me that I should make it publicly available despite its imperfections. I wanted an edition that was (1) inexpensive, (2) hardcover, and (3) had margins wide enough for taking notes. Because I’ve been unable to find copies suitable for making my own scans, I’ve produced this set from the best possible scans I could find online that had no use restrictions on them. The scans were greyscale, which means that they picked up some of the page discolouration of the originals. Most pages in this edition will show at least a little bit of grey background shadow and the pages toward the centre will show some obvious “edge shadows”. Some of the centre pages also have some minor text distortion in the gutter. The problems are entirely cosmetic and do not impact the clarity or readability of the edition. If you’re happy with the imperfections in exchange for affordability, this may be the edition for you.
Hooker, Works, Volume 1 (Casewrap Hardcover, 608 pages, US$26.50)
Includes Keble’s Preface, Walton’s biography of Hooker, and Books 1-4 of Ecclesiastical Polity
Hooker, Works, Volume 2 (Casewrap Hardcover, 612 pages, US$26.50)
Includes Book 5 of Ecclesiastical Polity
Hooker, Works, Volume 3 (Casewrap Hardcover, 757 pages, US$29.50)
Includes Books 6-8 of Ecclesiastical Polity and Hooker’s sermons and disputations
Dogmatic Theology by Francis J. Hall
Hall taught theology at Seabury-Western Seminary and General Theological Seminary and is considered by many to represent the best of Anglo-Catholic theological scholarship. His ten-volume Dogmatic Theology, written between 1907 and 1922 is considered by many to be the summa of Anglican theology. While by no means perfect (Is there such a thing as a perfect dogmatic or systematic theology text?) Hall’s work is so comprehensive that it’s bound to be helpful to almost everyone, regardless of churchmanship. The footnotes and bibliographical notes in these volumes are worth the price in and of themselves.
Volume I: Introduction to Dogmatic Theology (Hardcover, 316 pages, $22.50)
Volume II: Authority, Ecclesiastical and Biblical (Hardcover, 316 pages, $22.50)
Volume III: The Being and Attributes of God (Hardcover, 326 pages, $22.50)
Volume IV: The Trinity (Hardcover, 334 pages, $22.50)
Volume V: Creation and Man (Hardcover, 369 pages, $23.50)
Volume VI: The Incarnation (Hardcover, 372 pages, $23.50)
Volume VII: The Passion and Exaltation of Christ (Hardcover, 342 pages, $22.50)
Volume VIII: The Church and the Sacramental System (Hardcover, 358 pages, $23.50)
Volume IX: The Sacraments (Hardcover, 348 pages, $22.50)
Volume X: Eschatology & Indexes (Hardcover, 332 pages, $22.50)
The Catholic Faith by W.H. Griffith Thomas
Thomas’ The Catholic Faith is the classic evangelical book on dogmatic theology. This is an excellent resource for introducing laymen to the faith as well as a good reference book for the clergyman’s library. The book walks the reader through the faith from a thoroughly evangelical perspective with two questions in mind: (1) What is the Church of England? and (2) What does the Church of England teach? To answer those questions Thomas works his way through the doctrine, formularies, and worship of the Church, then moves on to discuss the practical implications of that faith. The book covers all the basics and is particularly helpful in leaving most of the controversial material for a section at the end.
(Hardcover, 328 pages, US$23.00)
(Hardcover, 328 pages, US$14.00)
The Catholic Religion by Vernon Staley
Staley’s The Catholic Religion is a classic and popular work of dogmatic theology written from an Anglo-Catholic perspective. This book offers a great introduction to the faith for laymen and also serves well as a handy and brief reference book for the clergy. Staley begins with the doctrine of the Church, showing us what it was that Jesus and his apostles founded, moves on to the Church’s history, and then offers an excellent overview of the life of Christ. Following the Catechism, the latter portion of the book walks the reader through the Sacraments, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer.
Baptism and Baptism Regeneration by Archibald Boyd
A must read for anyone who wishes to understand the “Reformed Catholic” understanding of Baptism. Boyd was quite a controversialist in his day, writing extensively in defence of the Church of Ireland against the Presbyterians. This book, although written later in Boyd’s career, addresses many of the Presbyterian accusations against and critiques of the Prayer Book and its baptismal office. Boyd also addresses the criticism of infant baptism raised by the “credobaptists” who were on the rise in the 19th Century.
Boyd does an excellent job of demonstrating the soundly biblical nature of the Anglican baptismal office and of the effects and benefits of baptism, especially discussing at some length the proper and biblical understanding of baptismal regeneration—a concept condemned by many in his day (and ours) due not so much to a difference in doctrine, but to the evolving meaning of the term “regeneration”. Boyd closes the book with an excellent discussion of the Reformers and their understanding of the subject.
Originally printed in 1869, Boyd’s work is very readable and a very important contribution to our sacramental theology.
Holy Baptism by Darwell Stone
The Anglican Expositor is pleased to bring back into print Stone’s Holy Baptism. Originally printed as part of the Oxford Library of Practical Theology, this little book offers an excellent overview of the history, doctrine, and significance of the Sacrament. Stone’s presentation is both scholarly enough to satisfy the theologically trained clergyman and plain enough to be accessible to the layman. Stone offers a thorough overview of the history of the practice and development of the doctrine of Baptism while clearly showing the Biblical and Patristic roots of the what is taught by the Church of England and her Prayer Book. The book covers the Scriptural doctrines behind the Sacrament, the development of the doctrine from Apostolic times, the meaning of the Sacrament, the practical signifcance of its application, and also discusses the form, the matter, and the minister of Baptism.
Holy Communion by Darwell Stone
We are also pleased to bring back into print Stone’s Holy Communion. This too was printed as part of the Oxford Library of Practical Theology and is a more lay-oriented distillation of Stone’s earlier, massive, two-volume work on the history of eucharistic theology and practise. The presentation is scholarly, but also plain enough for those wishing a less-academic work. The book works its way through the development of the eucharist from the Bible, through the Church Fathers and the Middle Ages, finally addressing the developments and controversies of the Reformation era.
Confirmation by A.C.A. Hall
It has been said in recent times that Confirmation is a Sacrament in search of a theology. Is Confirmation a Sacrament in which the Holy Spirit is conferred? Is it the completing act of Baptism? Or is it merely an opportunity for catechism and for those acting consciously as adults to confirm for themselves their baptismal vows and their commitment to Christ and his Church? What is the relation of Confirmation to Baptism and the Holy Communion? These are all questions that need to be asked in a day in whichthere is much confusion over the nature of this rite. Bishop Hall ably walks the reader through the Biblical, Patristic, and historical evidence to show the connection between Confirmation and the apostolic laying on of hands. He answers questions regarding the nature of the gift received in Confirmation, it’s relation to Baptism and the Holy Communion, and discusses the work of the Holy Spirit, his fruit, and the sevenfold gift prayed for in the Prayer Book’s rite.