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Prof. John Lennox on Stephen Hawking’s Life and Beliefs

March 21, 2018

Here is an interesting reflection by scientist and apologist for the Christian faith, Prof. John Lennox, on Stephen Hawking, his life, and his beliefs.  (Hat tip: Anglican Church League)


From Preaching Matters: Gwilym Davies on “Teaching The End of Romans”

March 20, 2018

From St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in the United Kingdom, here is another in their excellent Preaching Matters series.  Their notes say “How do we teach the last quarter of Paul’s letter to the Romans? What themes of the whole letter is Paul still emphasizing? Gwilym Davies discusses how he has recently taught through Romans 12-15, and why these chapters are so vital and rich.”

For the Fifth Sunday in Lent: St. Athanasius on “The Eternity of the Son”

March 19, 2018

For the Fifth Sunday of Lent, the book Faith and Life also had this from Athanasius, on “The Eternity of the Son”:

If He is called the eternal offspring of the Father’, He is rightly so called. For the essence of the Father was at no period imperfect, that what was properly its own should be an accidental addition to it; nor has the Son been begotten in the way that one man is by another, so as to be later than His Father’s existence; but He is God’s offspring, and as being the proper Son of the eternally existent God, He exists eternally. For it is the property of men to beget in time, because of the imperfection of their nature; but God’s offspring is eternal, because of the eternal perfection of God’s nature. If then He is not a Son, but has come into existence as a thing made out of nothing, let them first prove it, and then, as if speculating about a creature, cry aloud, “Once the Son was not,” for things which are made once were not in existence, and then come to exist. But if He is Son,—and that He is so, the Father says, and the Scriptures proclaim,—and Son means simply the Begotten of the Father, and what is begotten of the Father is His Word and Wisdom and Effulgence; what must we say but that by saying, “Once the Son was not,” they, like robbers, strip God of His Word, and openly affirm of Him that once He existed without His own Word and Wisdom, that the Light was once without radiance, and the Fountain once barren and dry?

–St. Athanasius, First Oration against Arians, 14.

And this has much to do with why Jesus is able to save: He is indeed the Word and Wisdom of the Father, from all eternity.

For the Fifth Sunday in Lent: Augustine of Hippo on “The Mediator”

March 18, 2018

Since the Epistle for the Fifth Sunday in Lent is from the ninth chapter of the Book of Hebrews, here is a passage by Augustine on “The Mediator” from Faith and Life – on the natures of Christ:


IT was necessary that a Mediator between God and men should have something like to God, something like to men; lest, if he were wholly like to men, he should be far off from God; or if he were wholly like to God, he should be far off from men, and so should not be a Mediator. The true Mediator whom in Thy mysterious mercy Thou hast manifested to men, and hast sent, that by His example they should learn humility itself, that Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, appeared between sinful mortals and the Immortal Righteous One; being mortal with men, righteous with God; that as the wages of righteousness are life and peace, He might through His righteousness, which was united to God, make void that death of those who were once ungodly and had been made righteous, which He was pleased to share in common with them. He was manifested to the ancient saints, that so they might be saved by faith in His Passion as then future, even as we are saved by faith in it as past. For inasmuch as He is Man, He is Mediator; in that He is the Word, He is not midway between us and God, because He is equal to God, and is God with God and One God, together with the Holy Spirit .

–St. Augustine, Confessions, xc 42, 43.

This is an excellent summary of the importance of our Lord’s being both divine and human.  Truly, we have much for which to be thankful.

The Rev. Clive Hawkins: “Building a really secure future” (Matthew 7:21-29)

March 17, 2018

From the Rev. Clive Hawkins of St. Mary’s Church, Basingstoke in the United Kingdom, here is an audio sermon on “Building a really secure future” that is based on Matthew 7:21-29.  Here, Rev. Hawkins addresses whether we are building our foundation on the Rock, or on shifting sands.

Another Lenten reflection from Abp. Peter Jensen: “The Burning Heart”

March 15, 2018

From GAFCON, here is another Lenten reflection by Peter Jensen, on “The Burning Heart”; it is the fifth in a series.

From Bill Whittle and Co: “Hating God”

March 13, 2018

From the folks at Right Angle – Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Stephen Green – here is a discussion on “Hating God”.  They raise this point: “You know something’s wrong when people are publicly villified for offering prayers. Do we really want a godless America?”

For the Fourth Sunday in Lent: Augustine of Hippo on being citizens of the Heavenly Jerusalem

March 12, 2018

Another excerpt from Faith and Life for the Fourth Sunday in Lent is this one from Augustine of Hippo:

The citizens of the Heavenly Jerusalem are all the sanctified men that have been, and that are, and that will be; and all the sanctified spirits, even all those that in the heights of heaven obey God with pious devotion, and do not imitate the impious pride of the devil and his angels. The King of this city is our Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God, by whom the highest Angels are governed, and the Word assuming manhood that by Him men also might be governed, who will all reign together with Him in eternal peace.

–St. Augustine on Catechizing the Simple, c. 20.

This Lent, let us ensure our heavenly passports are validated.

For the Fourth Sunday in Lent: Augustine of Hippo on the Feeding of the Five Thousand

March 11, 2018

From Faith and Life, here is a reading from St. Augustine for the Fourth Sunday in Lent:

Let us turn our thoughts to Him who wrought this miracle. He is Himself the Bread that came down from heaven; but a Bread which feeds us, and does not fail; a Bread which can be eaten, but cannot be eaten up. Manna, also, was a symbol of Himself as Bread. Wherefore it is said; “He gave them the Bread of Heaven; man did eat Angels’ Bread.” What is the Bread of Heaven, but Christ? But that man might eat the bread of Angels, the Lord of Angels became Man. For if He had not become Man, we should not have His Flesh; if we had not His Flesh, we should not eat the Bread of the Altar. Let us hasten to our inheritance, because hereby we have received a great pledge of it. O my brethren, let us long after the life of Christ, because we hold the death of Christ as a pledge. How will He not give us His good things, who has suffered our evil things?  What did He receive? That which abounds here— to be born, to suffer, and to die. And what has He given? To be born again, to rise again, and to reign for ever.

–St. Augustine, Sermon cxxx.

He came to Earth, that we might gain Heaven.

Added to the “Resources on the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion” page: a book by J.C. Ryle

March 11, 2018

Today I was scanning Google Books for any newly added books on the Thirty-Nine Articles and this one turned up – by J.C. Ryle: Who is the true Churchman? Or, the Thirty-nine Articles examined.  In his introduction, Bishop Ryle states rather clearly his estimation of the Articles of Religion:

I assert confidently that the Church of England has provided a test of true Churchmanship, and that this test is recognized by the law of the land. This test is to be found in “the Thirty-nine Articles of religion.” I say, furthermore, that the Thirty-nine Articles of religion form a test which any plain man can easily understand, if he will only give his mind to a study of them. An honest examination of these Articles will show any one at this day who is the best, the truest, the most genuine style of Churchman. To exhibit the authority, nature, and characteristics of the Thirty-nine Articles is the simple object for which I send forth the paper which is now in the reader’s hands.

This book is only 40 pages but it is certainly worth a look if you want Ryle’s views on the Articles of Religion.  I have added it to the Resources page.