The Ridley Institute

Equipping God’s people for Christian service in the church and the world through theological training in the local church We exist to equip God’s people for Christian service in the church and the world.

We do this by:

Teaching introductory courses in Christian theology to lay people

Training Christian laity for theologically informed work in the marketplace

Forming Christian ministers in the orthodoxy and orthopraxy of Reformation Anglicanism

Advancing the study of Reformation Anglicanism through original scholarship

Operating as usual

Timeline photos 06/28/2022

New Parker Society :: Thomas Cranmer on the Lord's Supper (1550)

For those desiring to understand Anglican teaching on Holy Communion, one could do worse than turn to the writings of the English reformers themselves. In this episode, Sam Fornecker and Alice Soulieux-Evans revisit the great English reformer, Thomas Cranmer (1489–1556). Having previously examined Cranmer the preacher, this episode considers Cranmer the theologian, as Sam and Alice take listeners on a guided tour through Cranmer's first book-length work, A Defence of the True and Catholick Doctrine of the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ (1550).

Listen to this latest episode at https://buff.ly/3y321l0

Jake Griesel is away for this episode. We look forward to having him back in due course!

Want to follow along as Sam and Alice consider the Defence? Access the version they will be referencing at https://buff.ly/3u9zyc2

Timeline photos 06/02/2022

In this finale of the inaugural season of The Ridley Institute Podcast, Sam talks with Norman Wirzba, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theology at Duke Divinity School. Drawing on themes from Wirzba's forthcoming book, Agrarian Spirit: Cultivating Faith, Community, and the Land (University of Notre Dame Press, 2022), Sam and Norman explore how the cultivation of an "agrarian" vision of core Christian spiritual practices — including, but not limited to, prayer and perception — can guide the heart of the Christian into ever-greater alignment with the heart of God. https://buff.ly/3zcZrLu

Timeline photos 05/27/2022

On this latest episode, Sam talks with Gracy Olmstead, author of Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We've Left Behind (Sentinel, 2021), about local culture, the American dream, and the challenges and possibilities of living with roots in a transient society. Listen at https://buff.ly/3wRTmCJ

Timeline photos 05/16/2022

What Are Christians For?, with Jake Meador:
What would happen if you put Abraham Kuyper in a microwave with Catholic social teaching? Just possibly, something like Jake Meador's most recent book, What Are Christians For? Life Together at the End of the World (IVP, 2022). In this episode, Sam is joined by Jake, editor in chief of Mere Orthodoxy, to discuss a number of issues, ranging from place, race, and the revolutionary spirit, to the beauties of hospitality, honey sticks, and expertly trimmed brisket. Listen here https://buff.ly/3wfPAma

Timeline photos 05/02/2022

In this latest installment of the New Parker Society — the first of two on the great English reformer and Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer — Sam is joined by Jake Griesel and Steve Tong to discuss the genre of the sermon. Key to the conversation is Cranmer's role in the construction of the Book of Homilies (1547), and the theological and pastoral genius animating, in particular, the incomparable third homily, "A Sermon of the Salvation of Mankind by Only Christ Our Saviour from Sin and Death Everlasting." (Special thanks to Alice Soulieux-Evans, for her help behind the scenes, despite her unavailability for this episode.)
https://buff.ly/3kur9e7

Timeline photos 04/19/2022

In this episode, Sam chats with speaker, writer, and social critic, Os Guinness. Discussing themes developed in his most recent book, The Great Quest: Invitation to an Examined Life and a Sure Path to Meaning (InterVarsity, 2022), Os and Sam explore big questions about faith, reason, and the meaning of life. In the spirit of great Christian thinkers like Blaise Pascal, G.K. Chesterton, and C.S. Lewis, Os helps listeners to grasp how Christianity both questions our answers, and answers our questions. https://buff.ly/36sj0nd

04/04/2022

In this episode, Sam is joined by Jason Baxter, Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities at Wyoming Catholic College, to discuss the "British Boethius," C.S. Lewis. Unfolding aspects of Jason's recent book, The Medieval Mind of C.S. Lewis: How Great Books Shaped a Great Mind (InterVarsity Academic, 2022), Jason and Sam discuss why Lewis treasured the middle ages, and what modern people stand to gain from retrieving the medieval mind. Listen at https://anchor.fm/sam-fornecker

03/21/2022

Sam Fornecker teaching our latest Ridley class - “The History of Christianity-Catacombs and Crowns.”

The Ridley Institute Podcast • A podcast on Anchor 03/15/2022

The Ridley Institute Podcast • A podcast on Anchor

In this much-anticipated episode, Sam is joined by Fred Sanders, professor of theology in the Torrey Honors College at Biola University. Drawing on insights from Fred’s recent book, Fountain of Salvation: Trinity and Soteriology (Eerdman’s, 2021), Sam and Fred discuss why properly relating the doctrines of the Trinity and salvation can foster enormous fruitfulness in the realms of Christian doctrine, life, and mission. https://anchor.fm/sam-fornecker

The Ridley Institute Podcast • A podcast on Anchor From The Ridley Institute at St Andrew's Anglican Church in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: conversations on Christian faith and discipleship in our secular age. Hosted by Sam Fornecker.

Timeline photos 03/01/2022

Join Alice, Jake, and Sam for the third installment of the New Parker Society series. This time, the gang meets to discuss the bishop of Gloucester and of Worcester, John Hooper's 1547 work, A Declaration of Christ and His Office. The late David Steinmetz described Hooper as a "volcano of energy, who shook the indifferent out of their self-satisfaction and who let the ignorant and slothful catch a sobering whiff of brimstone." Suffice to say — this one will leave you whistling the theme song.
https://buff.ly/3suKu3K

02/12/2022

On the next episode of the Ridley Podcast, Sam is joined by David Ford, Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, to discuss his recently published The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary (SPCK/Baker Academic, 2021). Drawing on decades of theological reflection distilled in that book, this conversation brings into focus key aspects of John's Gospel, including its sheer superabundance of meaning, its concern with the rehabilitation of desire in Christian discipleship, and its endlessly generative resources for growing in practices of prayer, truth-seeking, and love.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-ridley-institute-podcast/id1587020789

‎The Ridley Institute Podcast: A Dozen Things God Did With Your Sin, with Sam Storms on Apple Podcasts 01/31/2022

‎The Ridley Institute Podcast: A Dozen Things God Did With Your Sin, with Sam Storms on Apple Podcasts

New episode on podcast:
On this episode, Sam chats with Sam Storms, Lead Pastor at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City and author of numerous books, including the recently published A Dozen Things God Did With Your Sin (And Three Things He'll Never Do) (Crossway, 2022). Join Sam (and Sam) as they discuss the cross of Christ, the grace of God, and the glorious possibility—for every guilt and shame-laden believer—of experiential communion with the triune God.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-ridley-institute-podcast/id1587020789?i=1000549192646

‎The Ridley Institute Podcast: A Dozen Things God Did With Your Sin, with Sam Storms on Apple Podcasts ‎Show The Ridley Institute Podcast, Ep A Dozen Things God Did With Your Sin, with Sam Storms - Jan 27, 2022

Timeline photos 01/23/2022

A new Tuesday night RIdley course begins February 15!
https://buff.ly/3AjfkOT

‎The Ridley Institute Podcast: New Parker Society :: William Tyndale, The Obedience of a Christian Man (1528) on Apple Podcasts 12/27/2021

‎The Ridley Institute Podcast: New Parker Society :: William Tyndale, The Obedience of a Christian Man (1528) on Apple Podcasts

On this second installment of the New Parker Society series, Sam is joined once again by Alice Soulieux-Evans and Jake Griesel, for the friends' first deep dive into a key work of the Parker Society Library: this week, a work of the English reformer, William Tyndale (c.1494–1536). Tyndale's The Obedience of a Christian Man (1528) remains — second only to his biblical translations — the reformer's most influential theological work. Join Alice, Jake, and Sam as they discuss what Tyndale has to say to Christians today about faith, grace, gospel obedience, sacramental worship, biblical interpretation, and more.

Podcast link below:

‎The Ridley Institute Podcast: New Parker Society :: William Tyndale, The Obedience of a Christian Man (1528) on Apple Podcasts ‎Show The Ridley Institute Podcast, Ep New Parker Society :: William Tyndale, The Obedience of a Christian Man (1528) - Dec 20, 2021

12/23/2021

This January, the Ridley Institute will host a three-day Pastor's Conference at St Andrew's Anglican Church in Mount Pleasant, SC. Our speaker will be The Rev'd Dr John W Yates II, former forty-year rector of the Falls Church Anglican outside of Washington, D.C.. John will speak on pastoral ministry in the Anglican tradition, focusing on the calling, character, and commitments of the Anglican pastor. Those of you familiar with John's ministry will perceive the gravity of these talks.

In addition to John's teaching, you can also anticipate three days of spiritual refreshment, corporate worship, vocational reflection, and fellowship with other Anglican pastors.

Registration is now open to all who are currently serving in Anglican pastoral ministry, as well as those who (as seminarians or ordinands) are currently in preparation for such ministry."

To register, click the link below:
https://ridleyinstitute.com/pastors-conference/

Redeeming Expertise, with Dr Josh Reeves by The Ridley Institute Podcast 12/14/2021

Redeeming Expertise, with Dr Josh Reeves by The Ridley Institute Podcast

On this episode, Sam is joined by Josh Reeves. This conversation, building on insights from Reeves' new book, "Redeeming Expertise: Scientific Trust and the Future of the Church" (Baylor University Press, 2021), explores a variety of related concerns, including the relation of science and faith, skepticism of scientific expertise, and guidelines for exercising trust with wisdom, discernment, and humility.

Redeeming Expertise, with Dr Josh Reeves by The Ridley Institute Podcast On this episode, Sam is joined by Josh Reeves, Director of the Samford Center for Science and Religion at Samford University. This conversation, building on insights from Reeves' new book, Redeeming Expertise: Scientific Trust and the Future of the Church (Baylor University Press, 2021), explores a....

Advent, with Abigail Hull Whitehouse by The Ridley Institute Podcast 11/29/2021

Advent, with Abigail Hull Whitehouse by The Ridley Institute Podcast

In this episode of the Ridley Institute Podcast, Sam Fornecker chats with Abigail Hull Whitehouse (a fellow priest in the Diocese of the Carolinas) about the season of Advent that began yesterday. Sam and Abigail discuss the meaning of the Advent season, the apocalyptic theology it brings to the fore, and how listeners can "bring Advent home" through spiritual disciplines and practices, both individually and as families.

Advent, with Abigail Hull Whitehouse by The Ridley Institute Podcast Happy Thanksgiving! On this episode, Sam chats with Abigail Hull Whitehouse (a fellow priest in the Diocese of the Carolinas) about the season of Advent that begins this Sunday. Sam and Abigail discuss the meaning of the Advent season, the apocalyptic theology it brings to the fore, and how listener...

Philippians :: Pressing On Towards the Goal - St Andrew's Church - 1 Church in Multiple Locations 11/01/2021

Philippians :: Pressing On Towards the Goal - St Andrew's Church - 1 Church in Multiple Locations

Temptations towards complacency in evangelism and kingdom work are always present. Godly reminders of biblical urgency are needed. Check out this important exhortation from Bishop Steve Wood:

https://www.standrews.church/pressing-on-towards-the-goal/

Philippians :: Pressing On Towards the Goal - St Andrew's Church - 1 Church in Multiple Locations To not believe God loves you is unbelief.

09/23/2021

We've just released the first episode of The Ridley Institute Podcast, hosted by Sam Fornecker. In the first episode Dr. Rebecca McLaughlin joins Sam for a conversation about how to communicate the gospel with humanity and humility. Drawing out themes from her book, Confronting Christianity (Crossway, 2019), Dr. McLaughlin addresses some common pitfalls of Christian apologetics, the difficulty and promise of genuine listening, and (perhaps?) the hardest question raised by the claims of the Christian faith.

Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

Teach Us To Pray - The Ridley Institute 09/21/2021

Teach Us To Pray - The Ridley Institute

Need prayer? Live streaming option available!

https://ridleyinstitute.com/teach-us-to-pray/

Teach Us To Pray - The Ridley Institute While the instinct to pray is common, we don’t always know how to pray. This course will explore the treasures of this familiar prayer as a rich resource for learning to pray with greater intimacy, confidence, and fruitfulness.

06/27/2021

The Rev’d Dr Sam Fornecker preaches in the Sanctuary. Sam is new on our staff and will work primarily in teaching and equipping. He is also an Instructor and Director of Seminary Programs for the The Ridley Institute.

05/16/2021

Phillip Wilson, one of our recent graduates, preaching for the first time at St. Andrew's - Mt. Pleasant! Great job Phillip!

05/07/2021

Live recording of Introduction to Anglicanism with Sam Pascoe, offered online this summer as part of The Certificate in Anglican Studies.

Watch "The Start of a Long Night" Online | Vimeo On Demand 03/29/2021

Watch "The Start of a Long Night" Online | Vimeo On Demand

Looking for some online resources to help you celebrate Holy Week? Check out this film series by Ridley instructor Dr. Peter Walker which helps to immerse us in the very first Holy Week in Jerusalem.
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/startofalongnight/

Watch "The Start of a Long Night" Online | Vimeo On Demand A Reflective Presentation for use on Maundy Thursday evening based on the Film Series ‘In the Steps of Jesus’

02/16/2021

How do we rejoice in our sufferings?

Join the Rev'd Dr. Erin Clifford on February 26 & 27 as we take a biblical look at suffering through the eyes of the Church in a slum of Nairobi, Kenya. Register now: https://ridleyinstitute.com/we-rejoice-in-our-sufferings/

The class is offered online and in-person at St. Andrew's - Mt. Pleasant.

We Rejoice in Our Sufferings - The Ridley Institute 02/15/2021

We Rejoice in Our Sufferings - The Ridley Institute

Register now for our upcoming class "We Rejoice in Our Sufferings" offered in-person and online the evening of February 26 & morning of February 27. The Rev'd Dr. Erin Clifford will be joining us for this weekend intensive! Registration ends February 23.

https://ridleyinstitute.com/we-rejoice-in-our-sufferings/

We Rejoice in Our Sufferings - The Ridley Institute Offered in-person and online. This 2-day course will discuss some of the reasons for resiliency of faith seen in those who have walked through great pain but still wholeheartedly affirm the goodness of God. we will get to learn about a community of inspiring Christians living in extreme poverty in N...

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