(Mount Vernon, Iowa) — At the October 2021 Homecoming meeting, Bishop Jack Lumanog was officially named as President of the Cornell College Alumni Association Board of Directors. As President, Bishop Lumanog will serve the 17,000 alumni of Cornell College and as an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees.
The Bishop is a proud 1996 graduate of Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa and is also the first person of color named to the position of President of the Alumni Association since its establishment in 1873.
Bishop Jack Lumanog presided at the installation of The Venerable Dr. Gideon A. Uzomechina as Archdeacon and Director of Missions for The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. The service took place at The Anglican Church of the Messiah in Plainfield, New Jersey on Pentecost Sunday, 23 May 2021.
Congratulations and blessings to Archdeacon Uzomechina on this appointment in assisting Bishop Lumanog with the expansion of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola “to the greater glory of God!”
Bishop Jack Lumanog offers this remembrance for Memorial Day:
A Prayer for Heroic Service O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – The Book of Common Prayer 1979, p. 839
The World Tang Soo Do General Federation in Seoul, Korea has announced that Dr. Jack Lumanog is being inducted into their martial arts Hall of Fame. Dr. Lumanog is being honored by the federation Grandmasters in Korea for his contributions to the sport along with martial artists in Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan from all over the world. Here is a complete list of 2021 inductees into the World Tang Soo Do General Federation Hall of Fame:
From 1986-present, Dr. Lumanog has had the honor of training under these Master Instructors and Grandmasters in Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan and Tae Kwon Do:
– Grandmaster Herb Perez and Master Kevin Padilla in Hoboken NJ – Grandmaster Yong Chin Pak at Iowa State University – Grandmaster William Thornton in Kansas City – Grandmaster Pil-Woong Chung in East Lansing MI – Masters Peter Chase and Brigid Chase along with Masters Bridey Chase, Hope Chase and Elizabeth Chase in Pittsburgh PA – Chief Grandmaster Tong Mun Kim, Grandmaster Tong Hwan Kim and Grandmaster Sung Su Kim in Atlanta GA
On this Maundy Thursday, I joined with The Anglican Union for the Propagation of the Gospel clergy (where I am an Associate Member and serve as the Chairman of the Raising Up New Leaders and Oratories working group) from the United States, Cayman Islands, India, Brazil and Africa, crossing 7 time zones via Zoom for the renewal of Ordination Vows and the Oratorians’ Rule of Life.
Jack Lumanog is president-elect of the Cornell College Alumni Association Board of Directors and the first person of color named to this position since its establishment in 1873.
In April 2019, Jack was ordained a bishop in the Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. The diocese, headquartered in Atlanta, seeks “to raise up multicultural churches that are firmly rooted in the Anglican tradition and fully alive to the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Previously Jack was chief operating officer of the Anglican Church in North America, responsible for overseeing 1,050 congregations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He also served as corporate secretary and trustee of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund-US, the giving arm of the Anglican Church. The Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola is part of Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and is unrelated to the Anglican Church in North America.
Jack is a lieutenant colonel and volunteer chaplain in U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol. He has had a number of leadership roles here, including serving as special assistant to the national chief of chaplains. He was honored on separate occasions as chaplain of the year by the Kansas and Great Lakes regions of the organization.
He is a lifelong martial artist with a 4th degree master black belt and has won several titles in competitions sponsored by the North American Sport Karate Association.
He holds a master of divinity degree from St. Paul Theological Seminary and a doctorate in counseling and administration from Andersonville Theological Seminary.
A native of Hoboken, N.J., Jack majored in religion at Cornell, with minors in theater and communications, music, psychology, and education. He worked on KRNL and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. “My religion degree shaped me into the theologian I am today,” Jack wrote. “Ebersole Student Health Clinic saved my life as I struggled with depression. The treatment I received there established a pattern of metal wellness I carry to this day.”
I am out of tears and words for Atlanta and the Asian American community to which I belong to here.
Even speaking out about the senseless murders of 8 in Atlanta and sharing that I feel unsafe as an Asian American in Atlanta, I receive a threat on Twitter in response.
But, on Palm Sunday, it was good to pray, sing and lament for our community.
In Atlanta, I stood with other Asian American pastors to worship lament and pray for our country at the National Rally for AAPI Lives and Dignity. I am grateful to The Asian American Christian Collaborative for organizing this event in Atlanta and 15 other cities today.
We speak out of grief, not shame.
We cry out because we are tired of being invisible.
We lament because we can no longer live as “other” or as a perpetual foreigner any longer.
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of The Venerable Dr. Gideon A. Uzomechina as Interim Archdeacon and Director of Missions for The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. Please pray for Archdeacon Uzomechina as he takes up this appointment and works with me on strategic partnerships for the sake of the expansion of the Kingdom of God “to the greater glory of God!”
The Venerable Dr. Gideon A. Uzomechina Interim Archdeacon and Director of Missions
The Venerable Dr. Gideon A. Uzomechina whose love for the Lord Jesus Christ and his mission to the world has no boundaries. He was ordained in 2002 as a Priest of the Anglican Communion (Anglo-Catholic Tradition) following his seminary training. Passionate in his pastoral responsibilities and actively engaged in his community, Gideon brings a message of Christ’s love to his congregation and beyond the church doors with an emphasis to the needy and unreached. Father Gideon is a gifted and engaging preacher and teacher of the Word of God and the Sacraments of the Church. His ministry has been enriched by being able to study the life, times, and ministry of Jesus Christ in the land of Palestine in ecumenical and interfaith settings at St. George’s College and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel in 2008. His studies in Israel also included research in biblical studies to places such as Qumran, Sinai, Sodom, Egypt, Jordan, Damascus, Golan Heights and Istanbul, Turkey.
Following a tumultuous and trying period of his life, God led Father Gideon alongside his closest acquaintances, Colin Baptiste and Harry Watson Jr. out of The Episcopal Church into the formation and planting of a new mission and ministry called Anglican Church of the Messiah, Plainfield, New Jersey in 2018 where he is the Archdeacon and Vicar.
Father Gideon is a Fellow of Christian Theologians and Philosophers of Africa (FCTP), Africa Theological Education Network, and he holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Theology and African Spirituality, Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University in Virginia. Additionally, he has a Bachelor of Education in Guidance and Counseling, a Diploma in Religious Studies, and a Diploma in Theology from the University of Jos and Bishop Crowther College of Theology, Nigeria. He also completed Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Father Gideon is a certified Police and Department of Corrections Chaplain. He is also a Behavioral and Mental Health Counselor and a trained conflict resolution and management specialist.Father Gideon received an Ambassador for Peace Award by the Universal Peace Federation, USA for his mentoring work with at-risk young men in his community reuniting them with their families and re-integrating them into society. Although Father Gideon spends numerous hours with pastoral work, his high energy level allows him to pursue his hobbies which include Gospel music, reading and researching, as well as socializing with family and friends.
Today’s sermon for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost comes from the Old Testament lesson appointed for today: Hosea 5:15–6:6.
It’s rare when Hosea comes up in the Lectionary, so I wanted to make sure I shared this word from the prophet Hosea – “Mercy – Not Sacrifice.”
Hosea 5:15 – 6:6 (English Standard Version)
15 I will return again to my place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face, and in their distress earnestly seek me.
6 “Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. 2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. 3 Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” 4 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away. 5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth, and my judgement goes forth as the light. 6 For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Video from Bishop Jack Lumanog’s sermon – “Go and Love” – for Trinity Sunday from Matthew 28:16-20 follows below.
Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV)
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshipped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Collect of the Day
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
We also had Bishop Felton Smith, Jr. of The Church of God in Christ (Prelate of Tennessee Eastern First Jurisdiction and Episcopal Coordinator on the Board of Bishops), Pastor Sonja Lynette Burch, Dr. Chaun Johnson, Pastor Jeffrey Hollins, Archbishop Israel.
We prayed together, listened to each other’s stories and committed to work together to find a way forward in this time of crisis in our nation. Pray for us as we come together as leaders from our various denominations to work toward justice and peace.
Video from Bishop Jack Lumanog’s sermon – “I Can’t Breathe” – for Pentecost Sunday from Luke 4:1-21 follows below.
This powerful and challenging word is a call to lament and repent in light of today’s celebration of Pentecost Sunday and the events of this past week with the death of yet another unarmed African American in George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“Come, Holy Spirit, breathe new life into Your Church. Help us to be a prophetic voice in this country once again.”
O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Luke 4:1-21 (ESV)
1 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were over, he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” 5 And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, 6 and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 And Jesus answered him, “It is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’”
9 And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written,
“‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you’,
“‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.
14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
Collect of the Day
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A little over a year ago (27 April 2019), I was ordained and consecrated as an Anglican Bishop in the historic Apostolic succession according to the Rite of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.
And to honor the African American and charismatic / Pentecostal streams of Christianity that has formed much of my ministry, it was a privilege to have Archbishop Darel Chase, Ph.D. as my chief consecrator. Since this is such a small world we live in, we are both martial arts masters and both raised and formed spiritually in the Diocese of Newark, New Jersey!
74 days. It took 74 days before two men were arrested for chasing down and then gunning down an unarmed African American man. This happened in Brunswick, Georgia — 4 hours away from where I live in Atlanta.
Ahmaud Arbery was killed on 23 February 2020 around 1pm. And after the killing, the two men were questioned by police and were allowed to go home. Gregory McMichael, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested 74 days later for the killing.
The massive delay between the killing and the arrests is not because the authorities hadn’t seen the video of the last moments of Ahmaud Arbery. But because the world had seen the video of the last moments of Ahmaud Arbery.
The two men chased down Ahmaud Arbery because they suspected him of a burglary and intended to perform a citizen’s arrest according to their accounts. One of the two accused killers was formerly a policeman from 1982-1989 — but not at the time of the incident.
So here we have a case where two armed, white civilians, a father and son, carrying out mob justice where they are police, judge, jury and executioner. And we are hearing about this incident from 23 February in early May. Because a video finally surfaced of the incident and gave the world a look at this horrific injustice.
I can’t help but think about 17 year old Trayvon Martin – killed by George Zimmerman on 26 February 2012 in Sanford, Florida – nearly 8 years ago from this killing of Ahmaud Arbery. George Zimmerman was tried for the murder but he was acquitted after a sensational trial where some of my friends became armchair defense attorneys with their talking points from Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. Sadly, I had leaders I was working with in the ACNA at the time defending George Zimmerman since he was acting in self defense with the Florida “Stand Your Ground Law.” Unbelievable.
And then there was Jordan Davis. Another unarmed 17 year old killed. This time in Jacksonville, Florida on 23 November 2012. He was shot to death because a 45 year old white over an argument over loud music being played at a gas station. Michael Dunn was arrested and convicted of first degree murder of Jordan Davis in a second trial. 3 of Jordan Davis’s friends were also shot in the hail of gunfire rained down from Michael Dunn and he was convicted of 3 counts of attempted second degree murder. Dunn is serving a life sentence for the killing of Jordan Davis.
Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. What do they have in common? These are three unarmed, African American men who should still be alive today. They were shot and killed for not obeying the orders of armed, civilian white men.
Ahmaud Arbery did not stop after being chased down by an armed self-deputized father and son team who suspected him of committing a burglary. Killed for running while black.
Trayvon Martin did not obey the orders of armed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Killed for walking while black.
Jordan Davis did not turn down the music as ordered by Michael Dunn. Killed for listening to music while black. And 3 of Jordan Davis’s friends shot for listening to music while black.
Underneath it all in the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis is white supremacy writ large. Or white privilege that says it’s okay to execute another human being because they did not obey your order as a white man.
This is unacceptable.
O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Even though it’s shelter in place, still celebrating Holy Communion on this Resurrection Sunday!
Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by thy life-giving Spirit; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
“We must re-locate our humanity in the political solutions to this pandemic. Practically speaking, the solution being proffered is to sacrifice the most vulnerable among us for the sake of the economy.” – Bishop Jack Lumanog
For more on this, read this well written piece from The New Republic which says it better than I ever could:
“Set aside the moral bankruptcy of American conservatives who have spent decades lecturing the country about abortion rights, stem-cell research, and right-to-die laws, only to demand our elders be sacrificed for a few points on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. What’s truly galling about their ghoulish actuarial calculus is that it’s a totally false choice between the ‘cure’ of a partial economic shutdown and the ‘disease’ of a dangerous pandemic.”
Today is the 20th anniversary of my Ordination as a Deacon back in Kansas City.
I have never felt particularly worthy, but God in His faithfulness has been so good to me in these 20 years.
O Lord my God, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; yet you have called your servant to stand in your house, and to serve at your altar. To you and to your service I devote myself, body, soul, and spirit. Fill my memory with the record of your mighty works; enlighten my understanding with the light of your Holy Spirit; and may all the desires of my heart and will center in what you would have me do. Make me an instrument of your salvation for the people entrusted to my care, and grant that I may faithfully administer your holy Sacraments, and by my life and teaching set forth your true and living Word. Be always with me in carrying out the duties of my ministry. In prayer, quicken my devotion; in praises, heighten my love and gratitude; in preaching, give me readiness of thought and expression; and grant that, by the clearness and brightness of your holy Word, all the world may be drawn into your blessed kingdom. All this I ask for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer 1979, Celebration of New Ministry, page 562)
I am so very grateful for the witness of Bishop Chuck Murphy and Bishop John Rodgers. 20 years ago today, they were consecrated as Bishops in Singapore. They have had an enormous impact on my life and ministry.
As I have been blessed to be part of leading and shaping Anglicanism in North America for a season that has now passed, it is still a great sadness to me today that Bishop Chuck Murphy was not acknowledged more for his significant role as a pioneer in the movement. Not while he lived in 2014 when other notable leaders were rightly honored for their service and certainly not acknowledged by the larger movements that grew out of the Anglican Mission in America once he went on to be with the Lord in 2018.
For those who consider themselves to be orthodox Anglicans in North America, we stand on the shoulders of Bishops Murphy and Rodgers and those archbishops and bishops who risked so much in consecrating them to the episcopate – especially Archbishop Moses Tay of Southeast Asia and Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda.
“AMiA [Anglican Mission in America] not only epitomized the network approach to global accountability, it pushed the wider transnational orthodox movement in the same direction.” – Dr. Miranda Hassett, Anglican Communion in Crisis, writing about the Singapore consecrations in 2000.
Even though Dr. Hassett was not a fan of our work in the Anglican Mission in America, she still had to acknowledge the enormous impact of Bishop Chuck Murphy and Bishop John Rodgers.
Also, he caught up with Father Gene Geromel of the Diocese of the Holy Cross. Bishop Lumanog previously served as church planter and first rector of Christ the King Anglican Church in Lansing, Michigan near where Father Geromel still serves, St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Swartz Creek, Michigan.
O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. – Collect for the Second Sunday after Christmas
Would you be willing to meet with a fellow Atlantan about your remarks comparing the impeachment of President Trump and Jesus’s trial before Pontius Pilate?
As a Christian leader and a Georgian, I’d love to understand where you are coming from and share my heart with you on the matter.
I don’t even know where to begin with this comparison between President Trump and Jesus Christ. The impeachment proceedings against the 45th president is not even close to our Lord and Savior’s last days of His earthly ministry. Also, if the President is impeached by the House, he does not face crucifixion in the Senate.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” – Psalm 20:7
Today is World Mental Health Day. I am grateful for the hope that I have in Christ and for family and friends who encourage me when I need it most. My mental wellness is a daily battle but thank God, I’m not alone.
I still believe that the Church needs to do better in ministering to those who struggle with their mental wellness. And as God opens the doors, I resolve to speak out on this because I don’t think that Christians hear from their leaders nearly enough that it’s okay to struggle with mental wellness and still be a Christian.
I cling daily to one of my life verses:
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!” – Psalm 126:5.
The chief consecrator, Archbishop Darel Chase, was assisted by Bishop John Johnston and Bishop Norman Williams as Bishop Lumanog was consecrated into historic apostolic succession through the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches.
Click here the following link for the complete Apostolic Record of The Right Rev. Dr. Jon Ignatius Lumanog.
Thomas Cranmer was one of the leaders of the English Reformation and was primarily responsible for the ﬁrst Book of Common Prayers, 1549 and 1552.
During the reign of Edward VI, Cranmer was able to make great progress in reforming the doctrine, and practice of the Church. When Edward died he subscribed to the dying King’s will that succession should go to Lady Jane Grey. For this action and for his many reforms, he was arrested and imprisoned.
Cranmer wrote two recantations but in the end he denied his recantations, and died a hero of the reformation, saying, “Forasmuch as my hand offended in writing contrary to my heart, there my hand shall ﬁrst be punished; for if I may come to the ﬁre, it shall ﬁrst be burned.” He was burned at the stake on 21 March 1556.
Merciful God, who through the work of Thomas Cranmer didst renew the worship of thy Church by restoring the language of the people, and through whose death didst reveal thy power in human weakness: Grant that by thy grace we may always worship thee in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Bishop Chuck entered into his eternal reward this morning. I was blessed to be under his leadership in The Anglican Mission for a time before going on to Pittsburgh with his blessing to serve the Anglican Church in North America in my current role as Canon to the Archbishop and Chief Operating Officer.
Bishop Murphy spoke clearly and often about the importance of the leader’s vision, taking risks for the Gospel and having a bias toward action in an Anglican apostolic movement.
I have fond memories of many a Winter Conference in a hotel ballroom in Birmingham, Jacksonville or Greensboro (a bunch of times!) where he would either say “money is muscle” in his Chairman’s Address or remind the clergy of following the Lord’s leading like “the pillar of smoke by day and the pillar of fire by night” as Moses did.
Bishop Murphy spoke powerfully into my life over many annual presbyters retreats at All Saints Church in Pawleys Island, SC or praying over me at the Power Ministry Service at the annual Winter Conference.
Along with another significant ministry mentor in my life, Archbishop Randy Adler, Bishop Murphy gave me a renewed vision for the three streams of historic Christianity: sacramental, evangelical and charismatic. Three streams flowing into one mighty river.
+Chuck taught powerfully on leadership, stewardship, church planting and worship – “worship is God’s presence, God’s purposes, God’s pardon and God’s power.”
I just heard from a friend that Archbishop Austin Randolph Adler passed away on December 9th (Obituary from Charisma News here). Here he is praying for me back in 1996 – when I was an Assemblies of God pastor discerning a call to the Priesthood.
He left an indelible mark on my ministry. I don’t think I would be a priest today had it not been for his prophetic teaching ministry that spoke so powerfully into my life.
Rest in peace, Archbishop Randy. I thank God for bringing you into my life.
The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr. January 30, 1934 – June 29, 2016
Please keep the family the Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr. in your prayers. Bishop Salmon, who from 1990 – 2008 served as the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, died on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 following a battle with cancer.
Bishop Salmon was the 19th Dean and President of Nashotah House from 2008 – 2012; He had served as the President of the Anglican Digest. He received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor in 2007.
His pastoral ministry included tenures in numerous churches including All Saints, Chevy Chase, MD, 2010-2012; St. Michael and St George, St. Louis, MO 1978-2000; St. Paul’s, Fayettesville, AR 1967-1978; St. Andrew’s, Rogers, AR 1960-1963; St. James, Eureka Springs, AR 1960-1963; St. Thomas, Springdale, AR 1960-1963.
He was ordained to the diaconate June 24, 1960 and ordained to the priesthood March 1, 1961.
He received is BA from the University of the South; his BD from Virginia Theological Seminary; DD degrees from Nashotah House, the University of the South and Virginia Theological Seminary.
“Happy are those who die in the Lord, even so says the Spirit, for they rest from their labors.”
Dr. Jack Lumanog endorses the new book by Dr. Joe Castleberry, “The New Pilgrims.” Dr. Lumanog’s endorsement appears in the book which addresses the strategic immigration debate that is a major focus of the 24/7 news cycle and will continue even beyond the 2016 presidential election.
“What is needed now more than ever in this difficult conversation about race and immigration is context—and The New Pilgrims certainly delivers on context. Dr. Joseph Castleberry tackles this urgent issue very effectively with historical and sociological insight and gives us a gospel-oriented vision of our country. As a Filipino and first-generation American myself, I hope to be one of the many who proudly take up the mantle of The New Pilgrims. This book is a must-read for all who want a fully informed view on the place of immigrants in our new society.”
Dr. Jack Lumanog is in Cairo, Egypt (pictured in front of All Saints Cathedral) with Archbishop Daniel Deng of the Province of South Sudan and Sudan.
Both Dr. Lumanog and Archbishop Deng are members of the Global Trustees for the Anglican Relief and Development Fund. Additionally, Dr. Lumanog is member of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund-US and serves as the Corporate Secretary.