Tonight I came across A Short History of the Book of Common Prayer by William Reed Huntington in both PDF and Kindle formats. Published in 1893, this text certainly does not address the 20th century issues that arose in the 1970s and afterwards, but it is well worth a look if you are interested in the development of the Book of Common Prayer over the centuries, and the theological background therein. And you can choose between PDF and Kindle formats!
From Dr. Richard Trucks of Third Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, here is a message on Joshua 3:1-6, titled Preparing for the Lord to Work in Us.”
Here is another in Dr. Don Carson’s excellent series, “The God Who is There”, and this video is “The God Who Is Unfathomably Wise”. In this message, Dr. Carson explains Psalms 1, 8, 19, 14, 40, and 51 and surveys Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes.
From St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in London, here is another in their Preaching Matters series. There is a lot written about “Biblical parenting techniques” but what does the Bible really say? This week’s Preaching Matters takes a helpful look at what the Bible says about parenting, while also modelling how to preach a ‘topical’ sermon.
I thought I would mention a series of three audio sermons (so far) by the Rev. Pete Wilkinson of St. Ebbe’s Church, Oxford on Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. Quite a good series – see what you think.
Gospel Affection (Philippians 1:1-11):
Gospel Priorities (Philippians 1:12-30)
Gospel Mindset (Philippians 2:1-11)
For a while now I have been reading some of what Kevin DeYoung has to say on the Gospel Coalition blog, and have liked what he has to say. So it is a privilege to be able to post this video of him speaking at the Ligonier National Conference this year. He is speaking on “Do Not Love the World” and the YouTube notes sum it up well:
The Apostle John warns us not to love the world, and our fallen tendency to view the world as an ultimate end in itself means that we must fight against our dark inclinations to set our hearts on this age and its pleasures. But God created the world to glorify Himself, and as we make Him our ultimate end, we can identify the sins that manifest our love for the world and enjoy the Lord’s creation in an appropriate way. Rev. Kevin DeYoung calls on the Lord to restore us to a high view of the world as the arena of God’s glory, and he describes how Christians, in pursuing the light of God, can identify and fight against sin in the world while loving our enemies and blessing those who curse us.
Readers will remember a post I wrote in March that mentioned an essay by Dr. Russell Moore on Left Behind in America. Thanks to the Anglican Church League, I came across an essay by Rick Phillips, writing in the Reformation21 blog, titled Will the American Church be a New Smyrna?, which is quite reminiscent of Dr. Moore’s essay. I would say both of these essays are necessary reading for any Christian who seeks to be Biblically faithful in the West. But perhaps the most important part of Rev. Phillips’ message is this:
Jesus had a simple message for the believers in Smyrna that is needed by American Christians today: “Do not fear what you are about to suffer” (Rev. 2:10). Do we doubt our Lord’s ability to preserve us under trial? Do we question his willingness to support us under unjust oppression? Then of what are we afraid? Jesus’ message to Smyrna reminds us that we have every reason for confidence and joy if we are given the privilege of suffering for his name.
This month’s free audiobook from christianaudio is The Advocate by Randy Singer. The Advocate , a work of historical fiction, revolves around the life of Theophilus, a young assessore in the Roman aristocracy. Beginning with the trial of Christ, and continuing through to the trial of Paul, he is lawyer and witness to the incredible trials and circumstances surrounding the first century church. As it happens, this book is an ECPA 2015 Christian Book Award Finalist so I would say that if you like audiobooks, The Advocate is very much worth checking out.
From commentator Bill Whittle, here is another in his Afterburner series, titled “Class of 2015: Book Burners Afraid of Matches.” He is entirely correct when he says that the Leftism of today’s college campuses will lead to the Fascism and Socialism of a Hitler or a Stalin.