"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Paul to the persecuted at Philippi (2:5-11)

20 January 2013

From the ACNA website....

Archbishop Duncan Announces Two Appointments

The Most Rev. Robert W. Duncan, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, has announced two honorary appointments.  Both non-stipendiary positions will add significant value to the mission and ministry of the province and to the work of the Archbishop. imageThe Rev. Prof. Dr. Stephen Noll has been appointed “Special Advisor on the Global Anglican Future,” a role for which he is uniquely qualified. 
“Prof. Noll is an authority on the Anglican Communion and the theological compromises that have torn the fabric of the Communion,” notes Archbishop Duncan.  “Along with this new advisory position, he will also serve as the North American member of the GFCA International Theological Commission.”
“For many years I have been concerned about matters of Anglican identity and the wider Anglican Communion, a concern that was deepened during my ten years living in Uganda,” Prof. Noll stated. 
Dr. Noll expressed enthusiasm about his appointment. “I believe ‘the Anglican Way,’ particularly as described in the Jerusalem Declaration, has an important witness to make in the wider Christian church, and the Anglican Communion is strategically placed to serve Christ’s Great Commission worldwide,” he said. “While the current heterodoxy in parts of the historic Communion is regrettable, God is, I believe, raising up a new locus of Anglican identity, rooted in, but not exclusive to, the Global South.”
“Though dynamic and committed to Anglican orthodoxy, this movement has its own practical, theological, and missiological challenges in presenting the Gospel in various cultures, many of which are non-Christian, anti-Christian and post-Christian,” he continued. “It is important that the churches of this movement work together in facing these challenges, and I am pleased and honored to assist in any way I can.


You just can't go wrong with Steve Noll.  For those of you who don't know Dr. Noll... he wouldn't strike you as someone who gets up in the morning wondering what new friends he can make or what spotlights he can take.  He doesn't play nice for the sake of playing nice.  His sense of humor is dry enough that unless you are paying attention you won't notice its there.  He is just too understated and genuine to be Mr. America. In other words, if you're not looking, he is easy to overlook.

And he loves Jesus.
And he pays attention to everything.
And he cares deeply about the church, the world, and the people in both.
He has a long memory for the goings on of Anglicanism, and he's articulate and deep in the thoughts he shares.
And I don't think he's really afraid of much of anything.
In other words, the church is better off when he isn't overlooked. 

I am thrilled to see the Province making use of the gifts and experiences Steve Noll brings to the table.  I hope we'll all be hearing plenty more from him in the future. 

And it was about time I reported a little good news, don't you think?


  1. Yes. Steve is exceptionally gifted. Scholar, teacher, administrator, leader. Big picture guy who is also sensitive to the personal and pastoral dimensions of church life. He'll do a great job and will be a blessing both for your life in ACNA and in the wider field of Anglican affairs.

    Bruce Robison

  2. WOW, Deacon. From what you write, it sounds like Steve Noll could be the anonymous author of "Embracing Obscurity."


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