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From Canterbury Cathedral: a Service of Morning Prayer

September 26, 2021

Here, from Canterbury Cathedral in the United Kingdom, is a Service of Morning Prayer led by Dean Robert. Although this service is held outside in the Deanery Garden, it is good to report that the Cathedral is open for worship services.

Another astrophotograph: The Running Man Nebula

September 25, 2021

I thought this photo turned out OK – you will see the “Running Man” Nebula in blue, with part of the Orion Nebula close to it, in red. The Running Man Nebula is a reflecting nebula where the gases in it are reflecting the blue light from stars in or near it. The Orion Nebula, on the other hand, is an emission nebula where the gases have been ionized and produce their own glow.

The Rev. Dick Lucas: “Between two worlds: a survival guide” (Hebrews 11:1-7)

September 24, 2021

From Dick Lucas, here is another message, titled “Between two worlds: a survival guide” and based on Hebrews 11:1-7. The notes give this brief introduction:

The Christian must live by faith in one world while belonging to another. Hebrews warns repeatedly of the dangers facing the believer. These are summarised starkly in 10:29, the prelude to 11:1–7. How can those seven ancient verses (and the much older heroes they cite) help the Christian survive today?

Two essays on GAFCON and their resolution on Kenya

September 23, 2021

If you have not yet read them, here are two excellent essays on the mistakes made in GAFCON’s resolution regarding the recent ordinations of women to the episcopate. As some of you know I have been a supporter of GAFCON since its beginning, so this turn of events has been somewhat painful. But these two essays say much better than I could how mistaken these ordinations have been and how the effect will be on GAFCON:

Mark Marshall: Why The GAFCON Resolution on Kenya Is So Awful

Fr. Lee Nelson: Convenient Forgetting and the Jerusalem Declaration

If you have time, read both of these.

The Rev. Ramzi Adcock: “Deliver Me From My Enemies” (Psalm 59)

September 22, 2021

From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a message titled “Deliver Me From My Enemies” by the Rev. Ramzi Adcock. This message is based on Psalm 59 and the YouTube notes say:

Just like the early Christians in the New Testament, we know that we, today, are to expect persecution for our faith. Psalm 59 is King David’s response to a particularly distressing and fearful time, and it is a wonderful example of how we can respond to persecution by giving everything over to our loving Heavenly Father.

From Stand Firm: “This Bishop was Wrong: John Shelby Spong and Cultural Christianity”

September 21, 2021

From Stand Firm, here is a podcast titled This Bishop was Wrong: John Shelby Spong and Cultural Christianity. Their write-up says this: “On this episode of the Stand Firm podcast, Matt, Jady, and Nick reflect on the life and ministry of Bishop John Spong, his efforts to make the church relevant, and the Good News of culturally discordant Christianity.” I will point out that (as this podcast certainly shows) Spong certainly showed that bishops can be wrong – in his case about nearly everything – and hence this additional essay from Stand Firm, ACNA Laity, It’s Time to Speak Up, should be required reading in this day and time.

Dr. R.C. Sproul on The Last Days According to Jesus: “The Destruction of Jerusalem”

September 20, 2021

Here is the seventh message in Dr. R.C. Sproul’s series on The Last Days According to Jesus, titled “The Destruction of Jerusalem”. Prior to the New Testament days of Jesus, the Temple of God had been destroyed during the invasion of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. We know this because God told the prophet Jeremiah that it would come to pass as divine judgment on His people. In light of that, how should we interpret the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 A.D.? Was that an act of divine judgment? Was there a prophet to foretell that event? In this message entitled “The Destruction of Jerusalem,” Dr. Sproul introduces us to one of the best attested historical events in ancient history as it relates to redemptive history.

From Canterbury Cathedral: a Service of Morning Prayer

September 19, 2021

Here, from Canterbury Cathedral in the United Kingdom, is a Service of Morning Prayer led by Dean Robert. Although this service is held outside in the Deanery Garden, it is good to report that the Cathedral is open for worship services.

Yet another Anglican podcast: the Haberbros talk with Fr. Ben Jeffries

September 18, 2021

This looks like a potentially very interesting podcast, so I wanted to be sure I mentioned it.

The Rev. Dick Lucas: “Churches still alive!” (Psalm 14:1-7)

September 17, 2021

From the Rev. Dick Lucas, here is a message titled “Churches still alive!”. The notes give this brief introduction:

Psalms are for singing and for preaching; they are simultaneously cries to God and a revelation from God. Psalm 14’s bald uncovering of human depravity is sobering because sin still penetrates the church. The preacher is a doctor for bruised souls. What live-giving remedy does Psalm 14 add to the medicine chest?