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From Preaching Matters: William Taylor and Gwilym Davies on “Preaching 2 Corinthians”

January 19, 2020

Here is another video in the excellent Preaching Matters series from St. Helen’s Bishopsgate Church in London.  In this one, William Taylor and Gwilym Davies discuss what excited them about working and preaching 2 Corinthians and how the letter fits together.

A thought from J.C. Ryle

January 18, 2020

I came across this thought from J.C. Ryle’s Holiness tonight and think it is worth posting:

Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture. It is the habit of agreeing in God’s judgment, hating what He hates, loving what He loves, and measuring everything in this world by the standard of His Word.

That would be a good habit for which to strive in this new year.

From the Beeson Institute of Anglican Studies: a podcast on “Anglican Basics: The Church”

January 16, 2020

I came across another podcast from the Beeson Institute of Anglican Studies that is interesting to me because it is part of a series on “Anglican Basics”.  Its title is Anglican Basics: The Church and it features the Canon Rev. Dr. Stephen Gauthier, Canon Theologian of the Diocese of the Upper Midwest in the Anglican Church in North America, sitting down with Gerald McDermott of Beeson to discuss apostolic succession, the role of the bishop, and the church as a sacramental reality.  (The transcript can be read here.)

From “Conversations with John Anderson”: an interview with Douglas Murray

January 14, 2020

As you may remember I think quite highly of John Anderson, who is a former prime minister of Australia.  On his video series, “Conversations with John Anderson”, in this particular episode he talks with author and journalist, Douglas Murray, with a special focus on his new book, The Madness of Crowds, where Douglas examines the twenty-first century’s most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology and race.  (Hat tip: Anglican Church League)

The Rev. Ian Garrett: “Facing the Hardships of Life” (Exodus 15:22)

January 12, 2020

From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a sermon on “Facing the Hardships of Life” by the Rev. Ian Garrett.  The YouTube notes say “Will you trust God to look after you? Ian Garrett explores three testing times the Israelites face in the wilderness and uses their reactions to explore how we should react to difficult and testing times in our own lives.”  This is certainly an applicable one for all of us.

From The Pastor’s Heart: the Rev. Simon Manchester on “Showing your church the beauty of 1 Timothy 2”

January 10, 2020

From The Pastor’s Heart, here is an episode with Simon Manchester where he explains to Dominic Steele how he prepares to teach at a major conference and how to show your congregation the beauty of 1 Timothy 2. As always this is very much worth the time.

How you can help wildfire-hit Australia

January 8, 2020

If you have been keeping up with the news about Australia and the terrible wildfires there and want to help, Accuweather has a quite good page on As fires continue to ravage Australia, how can you help?

This has some very helpful links and I am sure that The Australian Red Cross, along with the other charities listed, would appreciate any assistance you may feel led to give.

For Epiphany, a quote from Augustine of Hippo

January 6, 2020

For Epiphany, here is a quote from St. Augustine’s On the Incarnation of the Word:

So also, now that the Divine epiphany of the Word of God has taken place, the darkness of idols prevails no more, and all parts of the world in every direction are enlightened by His teaching. Similarly, if a king be reigning somewhere, but stays in his own house and does not let himself be seen, it often happens that some insubordinate fellows, taking advantage of his retirement, will have themselves proclaimed in his stead; and each of them, being invested with the semblance of kingship, misleads the simple who, because they cannot enter the palace and see the real king, are led astray by just hearing a king named. When the real king emerges, however, and appears to view, things stand differently. The insubordinate impostors are shown up by his presence, and men, seeing the real king, forsake those who previously misled them. In the same way the demons used formerly to impose on men, investing themselves with the honor due to God. But since the Word of God has been manifested in a body, and has made known to us His own Father, the fraud of the demons is stopped and made to disappear; and men, turning their eyes to the true God, Word of the Father, forsake the idols and come to know the true God.

Now this is proof that Christ is God, the Word and Power of God. For whereas human things cease and the fact of Christ remains, it is clear to all that the things which cease are temporary, but that He Who remains is God and very Son of God, the sole-begotten Word.

This is truth, even in our day and time; what we see even now as the encroaching “darkness of idols” is only a shadow, and will pass in the providence of God.  It is just as true now as it was when I first quoted this in 2011.

This month’s free audiobook from christianaudio: “Competing Spectacles” by Tony Reinke

January 4, 2020

If you liked the book “12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You” by Tony Reinke, I believe you will be interested in this month’s free audiobook from christianaudio: “Competing Spectacles” by the same author.  Their notes say:

We live in a world full of shiny distractions, faced with an onslaught of viral media constantly competing for our attention and demanding our affections. These ever-present visual ‘spectacles’ can quickly erode our hearts, making it more difficult than ever to walk through life actively treasuring that which is most important and yet invisible: Jesus Christ. In a journalistic style, Tony Reinke shows us just how distracting these spectacles in our lives have become and calls us to ask critical questions about what we’re focusing on. The book offers us practical steps to redirect our gaze away from the addictive eye candy of the world and onto the Ultimate Spectacle-leading to the joy and rest our souls crave.

Here is another message that goes very well with its predecessor, “12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You”, so you will want to check out “Competing Spectacles”!

Two short quotes from Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the problem of sin

January 3, 2020

These two quotes from Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, courtesy of the Martyn Lloyd-Jones Quotes Twitter account, are profound if short:

  • Why do not we love God as we should? It is because we have not realized what He has done for us in Christ, and this itself is because we have not realized the nature and the problem of sin.
  • The incarnation would never have been necessary were it not for sin. The problem of sin is as profound as that.

These certainly help one see why we must continue to fight against sin.