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The Rev. Dick Lucas: “Physical life and spiritual life” (Psalm 19:1-14)

July 8, 2020
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From St. Helen’s Bishopsgate Church in London, here is the third in a series of messages on the Psalms by the Rev. Dick Lucas.  The series is called Psalms for preachers and this message, based on Psalm 19:1-14, is Physical life and spiritual life.  The notes say: “Some scholars maintain that the three parts of Psalm 19 lack unity. Dick argues to the contrary, showing how they combine logically and cohesively to convey a powerful message about God’s self-disclosure that requires a personal response from us.”

A book available on PDF: “The Armenian Gospels of Gladzor: The Life of Christ Illuminated”

July 7, 2020

I came across some stunningly beautiful illuminated manuscripts today, and I had never heard of them – the Armenian Gospels of Gladzor.  I will post one image that I found on Twitter, and if you want to read about these, there is a free book on PDF available here:

The Armenian Gospels of Gladzor: The Life of Christ Illuminated by Thomas F. Mathews and Alice Taylor  (I understand you can get it as a printed copy as well.)

If I understand correctly this image is of the denial of St. Peter.

 

The Rev. Bosco Peters: “The 5 parts of a collect (prayer)”

July 7, 2020

Ever thought about what exactly is a “collect”?  From the Rev. Bosco Peters in New Zealand, here is a short video explaining the five parts of a collect (prayer).

From GAFCON: a devotional from Bp. Michael Nazir-Ali

July 6, 2020

Here, from GAFCON, is a devotional for today, July 6, which in the Church of England is a day when the martyrs of the Reformation are remembered, and so it is titled Reformation Martyrs.  It is my understanding that this one is by Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, whom I respect greatly.  He makes this point:

The Calendar of the Church of England remembers those who were martyred on both sides of the Reformation divide. On each side, the list is long: those who suffered on the Protestant side did so because of their belief in the sufficiency, clarity and authority of the Bible and what they believed the Bible taught about the Church, the sacraments and the Christian life. On the Catholic side those who suffered often did so because they wished to hold on to the catholicity, antiquity and authority of the Church. In our own times it is possible to see that some of these positions at least were complementary and more eirenic approaches might have shown them to be such.

This is not a long devotional, so if you would like to listen to it, here is the audio.

Another audio of Psalm 67, performed by the King’s College Choir, Cambridge

July 5, 2020

Here is another rendition of Psalm 67, “God be merciful unto us, and bless us”, from the the King’s College Choir, Cambridge.  This version was composed by Edward C. Bairstow.

Fr. Chris Findley: “Cultivate Thankfulness”

July 4, 2020

This is another video by Fr. Chris Findley of St. Patrick’s Anglican Church near Nashville, with the topic here being “Cultivate Thankfulness”.  This short video is a much-needed reminder of how much we need to do exactly this: cultivate thankfulness.  A grace-full heart is indeed a grateful heart.

 

This month’s free audiobook from christianaudio: “By the Waters of Babylon” by Mesu Andrews

July 3, 2020

This month’s free audiobook from christianaudio is “By the Waters of Babylon” by Mesu Andrews.  The notes on this novel say “When Babylon destroys Jerusalem, as Yahweh warned through his prophets, the captives’ bitterness and grief pours out in the Captives’ Psalm: ‘[By the rivers of Babylon] we sat as exiles, mourning our captivity, and wept with great love for Zion. Our music and mirth were no longer heard, only sadness. We hung up our harps on the willow trees.’ (Psalm 137:1-2, The Passion Translation) A young Israelite woman is among them, captured by a mercenary Scythian prince. Driven toward Babylon by both hatred and hope, she endures captivity to reunite with her husband. But will he be there when she reaches Babylon? Will the prince risk the Scythian throne – and his life – to believe in the Hebrew God? Can they both find what they seek when they meet the prophet Ezekiel. . . by the waters of Babylon?”

If you like Christian fiction, By the Waters of Babylon is certainly worth a listen.

The Rev. Dick Lucas: “The sovereignty of Christ” (Psalm 2:1-12)

July 2, 2020

From St. Helen’s Bishopsgate Church in London, here is the second in a series of messages on the Psalms by the Rev. Dick Lucas.  The series is called Psalms for preachers and this message, based on Psalm 2:1-12, is The sovereignty of Christ.  The notes say: “TV documentaries depict religion as ‘man’s search for God’. Psalm 2 uncovers a very different reality, namely global rebellion against the Lord and his Christ. The rebellion is futile because God will crush it and enthrone his Son. The only escape for mankind is to find refuge in the Son.”

Another Milky Way photograph

July 1, 2020

When I saw this photograph of the Milky Way on Kristin Lisa Carlson’s Twitter feed, it reminded me of Psalm 147:4 – “He telleth the number of the stars, and calleth them all by their names.”  This photo was taken from Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada.

An interview with Dr. Neil Shenvi

June 30, 2020

The terms “critical theory” and “critical race theory” have certainly come into prominence over the last year or so.  If you have not downloaded the free booklet Engaging Critical Theory & The Social Justice Movement by Pat Sawyer and Neil Shenvi, I would encourage you to do so.  In the meantime, here is a recent interview with Dr. Shenvi.