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Something Different: Bryce Dessner’s “Memorial”

April 16, 2015

If I understand correctly, Bryce Dessner will be performing in Birmingham April 17.  Here is a taste of his music, with a performance of his piece “Memorial” in New York.  This was actually the world premiere of “Memorial” (commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival), and it features Bryce on guitar, Padma Newsome on viola, and David Cossin on percussion.  Quite a lovely piece.

Another free book in Kindle format: Warren Wiersbe’s “Be Hopeful (1 Peter): How to Make the Best of Times Out of Your Worst of Times”

April 15, 2015

Today I came across another free commentary by Warren Wiersbe in his “Be” series, this one being on 1 Peter: Be Hopeful (1 Peter): How to Make the Best of Times Out of Your Worst of Times.  The Amazon notes say:

In Scripture, hope means the promise of salvation for those who have accepted God and His Son’s death and resurrection.

Christians who possess this hope and live as though then possess it will learn godly submission, holy living, and harmony with other believers. These qualities will prepare them for what Peter pains in his epistle as inevitable—suffering and persecution. Though Peter is writing to warn a people who would soon be under the tyranny of a heathen Roman emperor, some level of suffering will always be part of the believers’ journey. A time is soon coming when living the “comfortable” Christian life will be far more costly than the life willing to give up all.

This would be a very worthwhile book to use in studying First Peter – and again, it is free.

Dean Phillip Jensen: “Spiritual Leadership” (Acts 6)

April 14, 2015

Here is the next in a series on the Book of Acts by Dean Phillip Jensen of St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney – this one being on Acts 6, and titled “Spiritual Leadership”.

The Rev. Roger Salter: “The Outcast of the People for the People” (Psalm 22:1-6)

April 13, 2015

From the Rev. Roger Salter, here is a post on his Living Oracles blog titled The Outcast of the People for the People that is based on Psalm 22:1-6.  As you will recall, this is a Messianic Psalm, and Rev. Salter notes:

How heart-wrenching the references to the Messiah in the Psalms happen to be.  They often reveal the heart of the Son of God to be in unutterable anguish.  We cannot grasp or imagine his transition from his princely place and due praise in heaven to the pains of hell.  The depth of his humiliation and suffering defy description.  No words match his horrifying experience of torture, terror, and forsakenness.  We have no perception of his grandeur in glory, nor of his groanings under the wrath of God.  We comprehend the grammar of the gospel but we can never gain its emotional force or estimate the demotion of Jesus from kingly status to criminal condemnation and the consequences of human rebellion.

Read the rest of his meditation for quite an unpacking of what this Psalm says about Jesus’ becoming “the outcast who turns and brings us home so that we should never bear the eternal death of being cast out.”

From the American Anglican Council: “Article 4: Of the Resurrection of Christ”

April 12, 2015

Here is another in a series of videos from the American Anglican Council on the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion. In this one, Canon Phillip Ashey talks about Article 4, “Of the Resurrection of Christ”, and he mentions the Biblical texts on which this Article is founded.  (I think there may be two others in this series on Article 4 alone.)

Holy Week sermons from Fr. Bill Klock

April 11, 2015

I wanted to mention that Fr. Bill Klock of Living Word REC in British Columbia had a series of excellent Holy Week sermons.  I’ll post links to the sermons and to audio players for the sermons:

Maundy Thursday: Love One Another (1 Cor 11:23-26 & John 13:1-15, 31-35)

Good Friday: All Things Made New (John 19:1-37)

Easter Vigil: United with Christ (Romans 6:1-11)

Easter Day: Dead to Sin, Alive to God (Rom 6:3-11 & Matt 28:1-10)


From Vox Day: “The Gates of Hell shall not prevail”

April 10, 2015

If you have been pondering the state of the cultural wars in the West and feeling somewhat discouraged, Vox Day has some encouraging thoughts in his post titled The Gates of Hell shall not prevail.  He is, of course, right that Christians should not cower before the world and those who would seek to squelch religious liberty and conscience.  This is quite a rousing epistle…see what you think.

Something Different: “This Joyful Eastertide” performed by the Choir of St. Mark’s Church

April 9, 2015

I am not familiar with this tune, I don’t think – but it is a traditional Dutch carol, according to oboeinsight.  It is indeed joyful, and fitting for Eastertide.

From Preaching Matters: the Rev. Charlie Skrine on how Christians grow

April 8, 2015

In this month’s installment of Preaching Matters from St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in London, the Rev. Charlie Skrine talks about how we grow Christians according to Paul’s letter to the Colossian church.


Dr. D.A. Carson: “The God Who Is There” – Part 3. The God Who Writes His Own Agreements

April 7, 2015

Courtesy of The Gospel Coalition, here is Part 3 of a series on Genesis by Dr. D.A. Carson, titled “The God Who Writes His Own Agreements”.  In this video he expounds on Genesis 12, 15, 17 and 22.


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