Archbishop Duncan Recounts “Miracle in Jericho”

Brothers and Sisters,

When 80 pilgrims accompanied me to the Holy Land recently, I shared with them about the great loss God’s people have sustained by failing to “get Scripture by heart.” Scripture memorization was a major part of the spirituality of every age before our own. 

At Jericho, looking toward the Mount of the Temptations, near where the incident must have happened, one of our pilgrims recited Mark 10:46-52. The camera was facing into the setting sun. (Perhaps only the audio would be successful?)

What God gave us—the video is undoctored—is something many have described as another “Miracle in Jericho.”  The Lord’s blessing on this public exercise in Scripture memorization turned out to be far more than any of us could have imagined or can credibly explain.  The cameraman saw no cross as he made the recording. The next story told by Mark is the entry into Jerusalem leading to Jesus’ crucifixion.

Click to watch “Miracle in Jericho” video.


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Archbishop Robert Duncan
Lent 2011

Sure Foundation: Building Congregations that Thrive

The American Anglican Council would like to share a special ministry opportunity designed to grow your church that is coming this summer.

Background
In 2009 the AAC did a parish needs assessment survey of congregations throughout North America. From this survey, the AAC identified several priority needs among congregations - including the need to develop an agreed upon strategic growth plan, goals and applications for evangelism, discipleship, community outreach, church planting and global mission.

The AAC teamed up with Acts 29 Ministries to pull together practical resources that will also call upon the power of the Holy Spirit. Together they developed the Sure Foundation project.

The pilot Sure Foundation project is well underway in the new Anglican Diocese of the South. Currently, nine congregations and 80 clergy and lay leaders are participating. Enthusiasm and commitment for the program is growing. One Sure Foundation participant, John Kuhnel of Christ the King Anglican in Winchester, Tenn., said, “I found it all very worthwhile! Finally we get the ‘how.’ I have been getting the ‘we must.’ You’ve closed the loop.”

About the Event
In an effort to make the Sure Foundation experience available to even more congregations, the AAC and Acts 29 are offering a four day program at Nashotah House Seminary in Nashotah, WI that will take place June 26-30. 

The clergy and lay leader team from your congregation is invited to join this special opportunity to grow your church. During these four days you will cover the first three sessions (21 teaching hours) of Sure Foundation.  Everyone is welcome to participate, from an individual church to a diocesan group. The larger your group, the more affordable it becomes. You will enjoy prayer-filled time to reflect on the mission of your church and the peaceful surroundings of Nashotah House.

Register
For more information, including pricing and hotel details, go to www.AmericanAnglican.org/SureFoundation. To sign up or inquire about the event, please contact Carol Frederick at or (800) 914-2000. The deadline to register is May 31, 2011.

Remembering Bishop Alpha Mohammed

UPDATE: A Memorial Service, with Holy Communion and Sermon, in honor of The Rt. Rev. Dr. Alpha Mohammed, will be held on Tuesday March 22, at 6:30pm at St. George’s Anglican Church, 2760 Fieldstone Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns will be presiding. An offering will be taken on behalf of Bishop Alpha’s family in Tanzania.  If you are in the Colorado Springs area, or are passing through, you are welcome to attend.  Please go to St. George’s website for full details: http://www.saintgeorgesanglicanchurch.org/

The Anglican Church in North American is saddened by the death of former Bishop Alpha Mohammed, who passed away on Monday, March 14. Bishop Mohammed, a converted Christian, led the Diocese of the Rift Valley (part of the Anglican Church of Tanzania) and was known for his evangelism through many church and diocesan plants. He was known to many in the worldwide Anglican movement. Please take a moment to ask our Lord to grant him eternal rest.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Bishop Alpha Mohammed. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of   your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light.  Amen.

Click here to read a testimony from the Rt. Rev’d Martyn Minns of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America about how Bishop Mohammed’s faith touched him personally and impacted the Anglican Church community.

Photo courtesy of Virtue Online.