As I had mentioned some time ago, Logos Software has kindly provided me a review copy of their Anglican Silver software package. There is so much contained in this that I am still feeling my way around, but I wanted to mention here that Logos has achieved a remarkable degree of cross-platform performance. This package, between Internet components and software/apps actually downloaded to one’s PCs and devices, performs very well on Windows PCs, tablets, and smartphones. I have tested it on a laptop running Windows 7, a Kindle Fire tablet, and an Android smartphone, and to my surprise the tablet has been able to run the Logos app fairly well even though my DSL wi-fi is only the “lite” variety, running around .5 Mbps. The smartphone, running Android 2.3, has much faster Internet access, and it handles the Logos app very well, while the Windows 7 laptop, because it has the resources downloaded to its hard drive, has no problems at all.
Below you will see the Home screen for Logos in Windows:
As you can see, there are a LOT of features…and this is only page 1 of 7 for the Home screen itself. Next you will see two Kindle Fire screenshots that show the results of searches in the Bible Word Study application – one for the Hebrew elyon, and one for the Greek sophia.
Incidentally, to do a search for a Hebrew or Greek word in this feature, all one has to do is type “H:” or “G:” in the search bar, followed by the transliterated Hebrew or Greek word, such as H:elyon or G:sophia. Notice the blue links in the text of the search results, such as “DBL Greek” or “BDB”: you can click on those and get more detailed information about the word from those sources.
And the reference library, as I said previously, is excellent – and it even shows up well on the Android smartphone screen, as you can see here.
Reading these works on a smartphone, or using the Bible study resources on such a screen, works well as long as one is willing to accept the limitations of a small screen. But it is really something having such resources available on a smartphone one can carry in a pocket! I will post some more thoughts about this Logos Anglican Software as I continue to learn about it, but so far I am impressed.
From Dean Phillip Jensen of St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney, here is the eighteenth video in a series on the Book of Ephesians. This one is titled “Christian Marriage” and here he draws from Ephesians 5:21-33.
I wanted to mention an essay by Karl Denninger of the Market-Ticker blog on Actually Fixing Our Economy. If you have been wondering what has gone wrong with our economy, he puts his finger on what is certainly one major cause: the financialization of EVERYTHING. By that I take him to mean the way we are pressured to borrow money to buy or pay for virtually everything we purchase – and being sold a payment instead of a price, as he puts it. Have you ever gone into a car dealership, for example, and had cars peddled to you at a certain monthly payment rather than the actual price at which it would be sold to you? He notes:
The other day I wrote about the utter insanity of the average new car costing $32,000. How did that happen? Simple — you’re sold a payment instead of a price. If you walk into a car dealer and tell them you can “afford” $300 a month they will do everything in their power to find a vehicle they can sell you that will “cost” $300 a month. However, the way they get there won’t matter to you because you just told them how much you’ll spend monthly, without regard to how much the vehicle actually costs!
He also mentions cell phones and houses as two other examples of this phenomenon; I would also say somewhat the same thing has happened to healthcare as the way health insurance has been used has quite possibly led to inflated prices and to me this is a form of “financialization”. But as he goes on to point out, the most compelling example of this may be college education. If you have family members nearing college age, Actually Fixing Our Economy might be a most worthwhile read.
Here from St. Helen’s Bishopsgate is the third video by Amy Wicks in her series on reading the Bible with others. This is very much worth watching as a lot of us can use encouragement in this area.
Here again is perhaps my favorite Easter hymn from the Fathers, the Peri Pascha of Melito of Sardis. It always takes my breath away both for its beauty and for its being unsurpassed as a homily for this joyous day, though it may be the earliest we still have:
66. When this one came from heaven to earth for the sake of the one who suffers, and had clothed himself with that very one through the womb of a virgin, and having come forth as man, he accepted the sufferings of the sufferer through his body which was capable of suffering. And he destroyed those human sufferings by his spirit which was incapable of dying. He killed death which had put man to death.67. For this one, who was led away as a lamb, and who was sacrificed as a sheep, by himself delivered us from servitude to the world as from the land of Egypt, and released us from bondage to the devil as from the hand of Pharaoh, and sealed our souls by his own spirit and the members of our bodies by his own blood.
68. This is the one who covered death with shame and who plunged the devil into mourning as Moses did Pharaoh. This is the one who smote lawlessness and deprived injustice of its offspring, as Moses deprived Egypt. This is the one who delivered us from slavery into freedom, from darkness into light, from death into life, from tyranny into an eternal kingdom, and who made us a new priesthood, and a special people forever.
69. This one is the passover of our salvation. This is the one who patiently endured many things in many people: This is the one who was murdered in Abel, and bound as a sacrifice in Isaac, and exiled in Jacob, and sold in Joseph, and exposed in Moses, and sacrificed in the lamb, and hunted down in David, and dishonored in the prophets.
70. This is the one who became human in a virgin, who was hanged on the tree, who was buried in the earth, who was resurrected from among the dead, and who raised mankind up out of the grave below to the heights of heaven.
71. This is the lamb that was slain. This is the lamb that was silent. This is the one who was born of Mary, that beautiful ewe-lamb. This is the one who was taken from the flock, and was dragged to sacrifice, and was killed in the evening, and was buried at night; the one who was not broken while on the tree, who did not see dissolution while in the earth, who rose up from the dead, and who raised up mankind from the grave below.
I wish all of you another joyous Resurrection Day–may He live in your hearts as surely as He lives today at the right hand of the Father, and may we be at peace, knowing we will live with Him in the world to come.
I wanted to call attention to these poems from Angliverse, by Teresa Roberts Johnson, that have a Good Friday or Holy Week theme. They can certainly help us focus on the impact of this season on us and on the world, and I think you will find that her notes on the relevant Scriptures are every bit as good as her poetry. We are blessed that she shares these with us.
From Faith and Life, here is a reading from Augustine of Hippo for the eve of Easter:
When it has been said in the Creed, “Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary,” what comes next, on our behalf? There follows, “Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was Crucified, dead, and buried.” God’s Only Son, our Lord, who was crucified, is God’s Only Son, our Lord, who was buried. As Man, He was crucified; as Man, buried; God was not changed, God was not yet slain, and yet He was slain as to His Manhood. “For,” says the Apostle, “had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” He both showed Him to be the Lord of glory, and confessed Him to have been crucified. He is our Lord, He is the Father’s Only Son, He is our Saviour, He is the Lord of glory; yet He was crucified; but it was in the flesh, and in the flesh alone was He buried. For where He was buried, and when He was buried, then and there His soul was not. In flesh alone He lay in the sepulchre; yet thou confessest that He was “conceived of the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary,” who is “Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord:” He was “crucified under Pontius Pilate,” who is “Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord:” and He was “buried,” who is “Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord.” Only the Flesh lies there, and sayest thou, “Our Lord?” Yes, certainly I say it; for I see the garment, and I adore the Wearer. That flesh was His garment. Let us not despise the mere flesh. When it lay there, then it bought us.
–St. Augustine, Sermon ccxiii.
Such a profound mystery is the Incarnation, but we do not have to comprehend or fully understand it; we simply have to accept the wondrous Gift of our salvation.
If you like the hymn Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?, this is a remarkable performance of it by The Annie Moses Band. I guess I’d call it something of a fusion of chamber music and pop – but it is very much worth hearing. In fact I may go hear them when they come to my area.
From Faith and Life: readings complied from ancient writers, here is an excerpt from Alexander of Alexandria, who was Patriarch of Alexandria in the fourth century, and mentor to Athanasius. (I mentioned this one last year.) Like him, Alexander was a strong proponent of the orthodox faith against Arius.
Behold what a return Israel made for benefits! They slew their Benefactor, rendering evil for good, affliction for joy, death for life. Him who had raised their dead, healed their lame, cleansed their lepers, opened the eyes of their blind, they nailed on the wood; they hung up on the tree Him who spread out the earth; they pierced with nails Him who laid the foundations of the world; they bound Him who absolved sinners; they gave Him vinegar and gall to taste, who offered the food and drink of life and righteousness; they marred His hands and feet, who had brought healing to theirs; they closed His eyes, who had opened theirs; they committed Him to the sepulchre, who raised up the dead, not only before His Passion, but even while hanging on the Cross. Creation, in amazement, said, “What is this new mystery? The Judge is judged, and is silent; the Invisible is beheld, and is not confounded; the Infinite is seized, and is not wrathful; the Immeasurable is circumscribed, and resists not; the Impassible suffers, and avenges not Himself; the Immortal dies, and complains not; the Celestial is buried, and calmly bears it.” For the Lord Incarnate was condemned, in order to bestow mercy on us; bound, in order to loose us; seized, in order to free us; He suffered, to heal our sufferings; He died, to restore life to us; He was buried, to raise us up again. One, in truth, was condemned, thousands were set free; One was buried, thousands rose again. This is the Mediator between God and men; this is the Resurrection and Salvation of all; this is the Guide of the erring, the Shepherd of rescued men, the Life of the dead, the Rider on the cherub-car, the Leader of Angels, and the King of kings; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
–St. Alexander of Alexandria
This Good Friday, let us remember that He suffered that we might be healed.
For Maundy Thursday, here is a reading from Faith and Life, from Irenaeus of Lyon:
He took the creature of bread, and gave thanks, saying, “This is My Body.” And likewise the Cup, which belongs to this our creation, He declared to be His Blood; and taught the new oblation of the New Testament, which the Church, receiving from the Apostles, offers throughout the whole world to God, to Him who bestows food on us, the first-fruits of His gifts, in the New Testament. Of which oblation Malachi, among the twelve prophets, thus gave intimation beforehand, “I have no pleasure in you, neither will I receive an offering at your hand, saith the Lord of hosts. For from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof My Name shall be great among the Gentiles, and in every place incense shall be offered unto My Name, and a pure offering.” We offer unto Him His own, proclaiming in due accord the fellowship and union, and confessing the resurrection of the flesh and spirit . For as the bread from the earth, receiving the Divine invocation, is no longer common bread, but the Eucharist, consisting of two things, an earthly and a heavenly, so also our bodies, receiving the Eucharist, are no longer perishable, having the hope of the Resurrection unto life everlasting.
–St. Irenaeus against Heresies, iv. 17, 18.
A very fitting reading for Maundy Thursday!