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A thought to ponder, from Charles Spurgeon by way of Tim Challies

November 18, 2018

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From the “Iron Sharpens Iron” podcast: Dr. Ashley Null on “Reformation Anglicanism: A Vision For Today’s Global Communion”

November 17, 2018

If you like the work of the Rev. Dr. Ashley Null, theologian and author, you will like this interview of him on the “Iron Sharpens Iron” podcast.  The topic is “Reformation Anglicanism: A Vision For Today’s Global Communion” which certainly holds one’s interest.

The Rev. Jonathan Pryke: “Fallen Humanity” (Psalm 53)

November 16, 2018

From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a message titled “Fallen Humanity” by the Rev. Jonathan Pryke. In this sermon, he deals with this matter: “In his Psalm, King David is clear about the seriousness and the universality of sin. But he also knows that the day will come when God will act to restore his people. This is a brilliant Psalm to help you accept the fallen nature of mankind, and to help you rejoice in the sure and certain hope of heaven!”

Something Different: Luka Sulic performs Faure’s Elegy

November 14, 2018

This is quite a beautiful piece, and Luka Sulic, along with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ivo Lipanovic, turns in a great performance.  I think you will enjoy it.

Dr. Andy Bannister: “True for you but not for me.”

November 13, 2018

This is another video from Solas Centre for Public Christianity, and the notes for this video say, “Ever had someone say to you, “That may be true for you but it’s not true for me?” In episode 29 of Short/Answers, Andy Bannister explores the problems with the idea that truth is relative and wonders what Jesus had to say on the subject.”  This is indeed a relevant topic for us now!

Three links regarding church music

November 11, 2018

Thanks to the We see through a mirror darkly blog, I have come across three websites that could be very helpful to anyone interested in church music.  The first of these is the blog Anglican Music, which fittingly describes itself as “A discussion of Anglican hymnody, chants and other service music in the broader context of liturgical Christian music. Also includes a broader consideration of Anglo-Catholic liturgy and the associated church (re)organization of the American Continuing Anglican movement.”

That blog in turn points us to Hymnary.org and SmallChurchMusic.com.  Hymnary is a comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals, and gives some fairly in-depth information about hymns, such as this section on Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Come Down, O Love Divine.  (I have not even begun to scratch the surface of this resource.)

SmallChurchMusic.com has MP3 files for Hymnal 1940, Hymnal 1982 and The English Hymnal, and also lists the 2006 LCMS hymnal and the 1990 Presbyterian hymnal, and several Methodist hymnals.  This one too could be quite a resource, so if you are a church musician I think it would be worth checking out.

Thanks to We see through a mirror darkly and Anglican Music for pointing us to these resources.

The Rev. Mark Dever: “Is expositional preaching really the best way to preach?”

November 10, 2018

From 9Marks Ministries, this video points out that “God’s word — more than the cleverness of the preacher — is far better prepared to help us see the world around us.”  (That probably gives one a hint of the answer to the question in the title of the video.)

The Rev. Dick Lucas: “Defenders of the Faith” (Jude 1:3)

November 9, 2018

I recently came across a series of audio messages by the Rev. Dick Lucas that was given at St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in London, on the Epistle of Jude and titled “Can the Churches Survive?”.  These are, as always, very much worth hearing, and here is the second one, on Jude 1:3.  It is titled “Defenders of the Faith.”

This month’s free audiobook from christianaudio: “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” by John Foxe

November 8, 2018

This month’s free audiobook from christianaudio is Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe.  The notes on this book say:

“Beginning with the story of Stephen from the book of Acts, considered the first Christian martyr, the drama builds to the passion of the early Church’s persecution under the Roman Empire. As the story continues, it places a significant emphasis on the sufferings of the early Protestants during the Reformation and continues with the stories of the French Protestants during and after the French Revolution.”

This is certainly one of the great classics in church history, and Foxe’s Book of Martyrs would indeed be worth reading or hearing.

The Rev. Ramzi Adcock: “What To Do When Evil Prospers” (Psalm 52)

November 7, 2018

From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a message titled “What To Do When Evil Prospers” by the Rev. Ramzi Adcock. In this sermon, he deals with this question: “Sometimes it can feel like, even though God is in control, evil has the upper hand. How should the Christian react to that? Well have a look at how King David talks to God when he faces a similar situation.”