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Dr. Andy Bannister: “How can I trust the Bible?”

July 17, 2018

This is a new video from Solas Centre for Public Christianity. The notes for this video say, “When you look at the Bible, are you tempted to think of God’s laws as unreasonable demands or gracious guidance? If we isolate the commands of God from the character of God, do we run the risk of warping our view of what the bible is actually revealing? In episode 33 of Short/Answers, Andy Bannister explores the difference that the context of relationship might be making to how we interpret God’s word.”

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The Rev. Jonathan Pryke: “Living in the Spirit” (1 Peter 4:1-11)

July 15, 2018

From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a message titled “Living in the Spirit” by the Rev. Jonathan Pryke. In this sermon, he deals with this question: “There is a very close connections between how we think and how we live, and we think the way we do for a reason. Jonathan Pryke opens up 1 Peter 4 to explore how our actions are to be moulded by our knowledge of and relationship with Jesus, which in turn enables us, by the Spirit, to glorify and to live for, God’s perfect will.”

The Rev. Clive Hawkins: “Assurance in the Christian Life” (Romans 8:28-39)

July 14, 2018

From the Rev. Clive Hawkins of St. Mary’s Church, Basingstoke in the United Kingdom, here is an audio sermon on “Assurance in the Christian Life” that is based on Romans 8:28-39.  Here, Rev. Hawkins assures us that in all things God works for the good of those who love him!

The Rev. R.R. Tarsitano: a sermon for the Nativity of St. John Baptist

July 12, 2018

From St. Michael & All Angels Anglican Church in Florida, here is a message preached by the Rev. Richard Tarsitano for the Nativity of St. John Baptist.  You can read it here, if you wish, or hear it on the YouTube video below, but I wanted to call attention to his conclusion, which I really liked:

Today, we celebrate the Nativity of St. John Baptist in the same way the prophet lived, by celebrating the Messiah he died introducing to the world.  As we hear in the “Benedictus” this morning and every day in Morning Prayer, “And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (St. Luke 1:76-79).  This calling, to go before the Lord and serve as the living knowledge that God has saved His people, this calling is the calling of all the saints until we are cut down by death or the Lamb returns to mercifully end creation’s suffering.  We have been given a purpose that banishes fear and laughs at the dark forces which dare lay claim to our souls.  Our calling is to be a reflection of the Dayspring’s glory, our calling is to live and die in service to the light, our calling is to prepare the way of the Lord.  May we embrace our saintly calling and show the world God keeps His promises.

Looking for an Anglican discussion forum? Try this one.

July 11, 2018

If you are looking for an Anglican discussion forum, you might try this one out: Anglican Forums.  The folks at this forum are cordial and remarkably well-educated on a lot of topics, from Theology and Doctrine to Church History.  This is one of the better discussion forums I have come across.

The Rev. William Taylor: “Security in a world of fear” (Matthew 8:23-27)

July 10, 2018

Here is a thoughtful message from the Rev. William Taylor of St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in London, titled “Security in a world of fear”.  It is based on Matthew 8:23-27.

Something Different: “Set Me As A Seal Upon Your Heart” by University of North Texas A Cappella Choir

July 8, 2018

I came across this piece by the composer Rene Clausen, which is based on a passage in Song of Solomon, titled “Set Me As A Seal Upon Your Heart”.  The University of North Texas A Cappella Choir did a wonderful rendition of the piece.

Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
Many waters cannot quench love,
Nor can the floods drown it.
Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death.

The Rev. Jon Teasdale: “The Hope in Us” (1 Peter 3:8-22)

July 7, 2018

From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a message titled “The Hope in Us” by the Rev. Jon Teasdale. In this sermon, he deals with this question: “Do we as Christians understand our calling to live differently in the world? Jon Teasdale explores the hope we have as we consider the reality of evil, the call to counter-cultural living, the blessing we’ll inherit and the assurance of victory we have in Christ.”

From The Proclamation Trust: Andrew Atherstone on C. H. Spurgeon

July 6, 2018

This is a talk on Charles Spurgeon, given by Andrew Atherstone at the 2018 Evangelical Ministry Conference in London.  If you have wanted to know more about Spurgeon and his ministry, this is worth a listen.  (Hat tip: Anglican Church League)

From The Reformed Forum: a discussion of Reformation Worship: Liturgies from the Past for the Present

July 4, 2018

If you have been interested in the book Reformation Worship: Liturgies from the Past for the Present by Jonathan Gibson and Mark Earngey, here is a discussion of this book featuring the authors as guests, from The Reformed Forum.  This would indeed be an excellent book for anyone interested in the liturgy of the Church and particularly in how this liturgy was shaped by the Reformation – and this audio is very helpful.