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The Rev. Ian Garrett: “The Red Sea: A Model for Us” (Exodus 13: 17 – 14: 31)

June 2, 2019

From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a message by the Rev. Ian Garrett, titled “The Red Sea: A Model for Us”. It is based on Exodus 13:1-17 – 14:31 and the YouTube notes say “What are you afraid of in the spiritual fight? Ian Garrett explores how the Lord fights for each one of us and reminds us that not only does he bring us to the fight, but he shows us his absolute victory over the enemies of God’s people.”

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Dr. Lionel Windsor: “This Unity” (Ephesians 4:2-3)

June 1, 2019

Previously I mentioned an ongoing series of posts by Dr. Lionel Windsor of Moore College in Australia that is titled Lift Your Eyes: Reflections on Ephesians. His latest post is titled This Unity and I think he has expressed a Biblical view of “unity” quite well.  I thought I would highlight this paragraph:

So it is this unity that Paul is talking about here: unity in the truth and the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is a gospel empowered by the Spirit and which brings peace. It is this unity we are to maintain. There are other kinds of unity that believers aren’t told to maintain. For example, an attempt at unity that opposed the centrality of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ crucified and risen would be wrong. Or an attempt at unity that rejected the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and its implications for people would be wrong. Those kinds of unity aren’t seeking to maintain the unity of the Spirit; they’re seeking to maintain a human kind of unity at the expense of the unity of the Spirit. Those kinds of unity are things we should reject, not maintain.

This is very well said, as is the rest of the essay.  If you would like to hear the audio, you can listen to it below, or you can read the post here.

An interesting quote from C.S. Lewis

May 30, 2019

Via the Twitter feed of The North American Anglican, here is a quote from C.S. Lewis that states very well what Evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics have in common:

To a layman, it seems obvious that what unites the Evangelical and the Anglo-Catholic against the ‘Liberal’ or ‘Modernist’ is something very clear and momentous, namely, the fact that both are thoroughgoing supernaturalists, who believe in the Creation, the Fall, the incarnation, the Resurrection, the Second Coming, and the Four Last Things. Thisunites them not only with one another, but with the Christian religion as understood ‘ubique et ab omnibus.’

As usual Lewis was very much on target! (This quote comes from Lewis’ Collected Letters, Vol. III, p. 164.)

From Church Society: “A Short History of the Prayer Book” by Rev T.W. Gilbert

May 29, 2019

If you are a student of the Book of Common Prayer, you may find Church Society’s A Short History of the Prayer Book by Rev T.W. Gilbert to be of interest.  This can be read entirely online.  (I have not been able to ascertain when it was published, so more recent developments may not be covered.)  But this text does indeed cover the history of the Prayer Book from the pre-Reformation period all the way to 1662, so it is very much worth a look.

A continued prayer request for a friend

May 28, 2019

Dear friends and readers of this blog, I mentioned a prayer request for a friend of mine in September of last year.  It has now been roughly nine months since I entreated your prayers for him, and he, with his family, continues to wage a valiant battle against the lymphoma.  But it is certainly taking its toll on him and I know it is not easy on his loved ones as well.  Again I ask your prayers for his healing and the spiritual strengthening of all of them.  Please know I appreciate your prayers on their behalf.

Fr. Matthew Brench: “Liturgy: not of Each, but of All”

May 27, 2019

From Fr. Matthew Brench of Grace Anglican Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, here are some interesting thoughts on liturgical worship.  I understand these thoughts are a re-worked version of an original blog post that can be read here.

 

The Rev. Dick Lucas: “ Ultimate security” (Jude 1:24-25)

May 26, 2019

Here is another in 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 tenth – and last – one, on Jude 1:24-25. It is titled “Ultimate Security”.

An audio Morning and Evening Prayer site – using the 1662 BCP

May 24, 2019

Previously I mentioned a devotional aid by Fr. Damien Grout of the REC that records audio of Morning and Evening Prayer from the 1928 BCP, and it can be accessed here.  Today I came across a site called ParishPrayer.org that does much the same thing – from the 1662 BCP!  This site is run by the Rev. Vincent Murphy, a minister at St Mary’s Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur and he too does an excellent job.  I would say that in helping one’s devotional life, you cannot go wrong with either site – it just depends on which Prayer Book you prefer.

Something Different: “Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor” by Matt Boswell and Boyce College Choir

May 21, 2019

Here is a relatively new hymn – written in 2017, I believe.  I heard it for the first time this past Sunday – “Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor”, and here is a performance by Matt Boswell with the Boyce College Choir.

The Rev. Ryan Muir: “Remember the Rescue” (Exodus 13:1-16)

May 19, 2019

From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a message by the Rev. Ryan Muir, titled “Remember the Rescue”. It is based on Exodus 13:1-16 and the YouTube notes say “As we open at Exodus 13, God has just rescued his people from slavery in Egypt, and now he calls on them to remember. To remember his mighty rescue by living godly lives and trusting that God himself keeps his promises. And he calls on New Testament believers today to remember an even greater rescue.”