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The Rev. Ben Jefferies: “Concerning the Saints”

November 12, 2019

Writing for The North American Anglican, the Rev. Ben Jefferies has penned a column on Concerning the Saints that is a follow-up to his A Reformed Litany of the Saints: for All Saints’ Day and is equally worth reading.  His main point remains:

The public witness of the Anglican Church must only present as true what the Word of God reveals with certainty. No more, no less.

Go read Fr. Jefferies’ Concerning the Saints – I think he is making a Scripturally faithful case.

Giving thanks for thirty years of George Whitefield College

November 10, 2019

George Whitefield College in Capetown, South Africa is giving thanks to the Lord for thirty years of ministry. Earlier this year they produced a six-minute video overview of the college’s history. Watch, be encouraged, and pray for the college. (Hat tip: Anglican Church League)

The Rev. Ben Cadoux-Hudson: “How Do You See Church?” (Romans 12: 1-13)

November 9, 2019

From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a message by the Rev. Ben Cadoux-Hudson, titled “How Do You See Church?”. It is based on Romans 12: 1-13 and the YouTube notes say “We can all slip into thinking of church wrongly: like it’s just a social club to enjoy, or Sunday services are theatre performances to spectate, or we become the self-appointed church critic who finds all sorts of things to complain about. In Romans 12 the Apostle Paul challenges us to, first of all, see ourselves differently, and second of all, to see church differently: as a body of which we are a part, and in which we should be using our gifts to serve and love one another.”

From The Pastor’s Heart: “The vulnerable pastor – with Peter Adam”

November 7, 2019

We sometimes forget to think about the impact of workload, ministry and concerns on our clergy.  This episode of The Pastor’s Heart addresses these matters:

What should a Christian leader do when their role is to care for people, and they don’t want to interact with people? What impact does depression have on preaching? What kind of friendships should ministry leaders have? What about suffering in the leaders life? What would you say to a leader who is walking through the tough of depression for the first time?

We ask Peter Adam the hard questions about friendship, mental health, avoiding burn-out and investing in senior ministers. Peter will speak openly about his own experience – one which is mirrored by a surprisingly large number of others.

The Rev. Dr. Douglas Webster: “The Psalms: Jesus’ Prayer Book”

November 6, 2019

Quite by accident I came across a web page by the Rev. Dr. Douglas Webster, who teaches at Beeson Divinity School and is on staff at Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham – and this web page is The Psalms: Jesus’ Prayer Book.  Much to my pleased surprise this is a set of what amounts to commentaries on the Psalms – in PDF – written by Dr. Webster.  Here is the first section, covering Psalms 1-41:

Psalms – Jesus’ Prayer Book – Book I – Psalms 1-41

If you like this section, please check out the others at The Psalms: Jesus’ Prayer Book.  I think this is a set of PDFs well worth perusing.

 

Steve Cannizzaro: “Growing as Christians” (Col 2:16-20)

November 4, 2019

Here is the sixth in a series of sermons on Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians from Falls Church Anglican in Virginia.  This one is preached by Steve Cannizzaro, their Director of Discipleship and Outreach, and if you wish you can read the text here.  This is another very good message – well worth the time.

The Rev. Dick Lucas: “The friend who was not ashamed” (2 Timothy 1:8-18)

November 2, 2019

From the Rev. Dick Lucas, formerly rector of St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in London, here is a message he preached titled “The friend who was not ashamed.”  This message is based on 2 Timothy 1:8-18, where the Apostle Paul praises Onesiphorus as being “not ashamed of my chains.”  Can you imagine how powerful a ministry Onesiphorus must have had for Paul?  The Apostle adds that “when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently and found me.” If we think about it, nearly everyone needs such friends, and Onesiphorus is certainly a role model for us all.

Dr. John Woodhouse: Three sermons on Ezekiel

October 31, 2019

Here are three messages from Dr. John Woodhouse on the Book of Ezekiel.  They are quite relevant to our times, in large part because Ezekiel itself is relevant to our times, and the prophet’s message of hope is very much needed.

Talk 1: Ezekiel 1

Talk 2: Ezekiel 2:1-5

Talk 3: Ezekiel 2:3-3:15

The Rev. Ben Jefferies: “A Reformed Litany of the Saints: for All Saints’ Day”

October 30, 2019

Writing for The North American Anglican, the Rev. Ben Jefferies has penned a column on A Reformed Litany of the Saints: for All Saints’ Day that is well worth reading and pondering.  He begins by saying:

Article 22 authoritatively asserts that the, “…Invocation of Saints, is a fond thing, vainly invented, and grounded upon no warranty of Scripture, but rather repugnant to the Word of God.”

Indeed it is. Nowhere in the Bible has God revealed that the departed saints are capable of hearing our petitions. They may, but we cannot know, because only an authoritative revelation from God would make it certain, and we have no such revelation. […] Moreover, the history of the late Middle Ages, as well as the observable piety of many who belong to the Church of Rome or the East today, shows us that reaching out in one’s spirit to departed saints very quickly trespasses on the communication that God intends for us to have with himself alone. He alone knows our thoughts. He alone hears our cries. To take our needs to the saints is to slight the God who desires to provide for them. Worse than this, to assume that the Saints somehow take more pity on us than the Father who would give his only Son for our sake, is to insult the goodness of our God and Savior.

He goes on to offer a “Modified Liturgy of the Saints” that is in my opinion truer to our Anglican heritage – see what you think.

The Rev. Ryan Muir: “Dependence Despite Difficulties” (Psalm 57)

October 29, 2019

From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a message by the Rev. Ryan Muir, titled “Dependence Despite Difficulties”. It is based on Psalm 57 and the YouTube notes say “When decisions, disappointments, difficulties and disasters arise what is your immediate response? Is it to ignore the problem; to turn to entertainment or your phone, to solve the problem, or perhaps to seek help? Again and again we see that King David’s response to extremely challenging decisions and difficulties is to depend on God in prayer. Let’s learn from his example in Psalm 57.”