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The Rev. Ben Cadoux-Hudson: “Submit Like Jesus” (1 Peter 2: 13-25)

June 13, 2018

From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a message titled “Submit Like Jesus” by the Rev. Ben Cadoux-Hudson.  In this sermon, he deals with this question: “God has put human authorities in place to govern over us, but how are we to relate to them when they are unjust or even hostile towards the Christian faith?”

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A highly recommended blog: Dr. Stephen Noll’s “Contending Anglican”

June 12, 2018

I wanted to mention a blog that perhaps everyone in Anglican circles should at least take a look at: the Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll’s Contending Anglican.  He has been writing a series of “contentions” that can be hard-hitting in places, and quite deep theologically in others.  (Examples would be Contention 1: WHAT IS THE GLOBAL ANGLICAN COMMUNION? and Contention 7: LAMBETH SPEAKS PLAINLY (That Was Then).)  If you have the time, this is a blog that would be worth reading in full.

The Rev. Dr. Ashley Null: “Cranmer’s Comfortable Words”

June 10, 2018

This is another presentation at Church of the Advent in Birmingham by Dr. Ashley Null – this one being “Cranmer’s Comfortable Words“. The “Comfortable Words” in the Book of Common Prayer gladden my soul, so for me personally, this was a really meaningful presentation by Dr. Null.

The Rev. Dr. Ashley Null: “Essential Truths of the Anglican Formularies: The Prayer Book, Articles, and Homilies”

June 9, 2018

Speaking at Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Dr. Ashley Null gave a presentation on “Essential Truths of the Anglican Formularies: The Prayer Book, Articles, and Homilies“.  As you would expect, he certainly does a good job of talking about the Anglican Formularies – very much worth the time.

 

Tech Note: check out ebooks from your local library with the Libby app!

June 7, 2018

If you would like to be able to read books from your local library on your tablet or phone, it actually is possible with the Libby app.  Although I have never used OverDrive itself, it turns out that Libby can sign in to multiple libraries, with one or more cards for each library, and can download books and audiobooks for offline reading.  And, if your library is one located in the USA, if you prefer reading on your Kindle, Libby can send your library books to it.

So…yesterday I downloaded the Android version of Libby, and signed in to my local library with my library card, and have actually read Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology on Kindle through Libby!  If this interests you, Libby is available for Android, Apple and Microsoft tablets and phones.  OverDrive is compatible with more devices, including Kindle Fire, Macs, and PCs, so if your primary device is a PC rather than a tablet or phone, you may want to try OverDrive.  (This site has a good overview of the differences between Libby and OverDrive.)

The Rev. Ian Garrett: “Jesus the Living Stone” (1 Peter 2: 1-12)

June 6, 2018

From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a message titled “Jesus the Living Stone” by the Rev. Ian Garrett.  In this sermon, you can “find out what it means to be part of God’s spiritual family and be challenged to know that one day you will meet face to face with Jesus, God’s living stone.”

From Preaching Matters: Gwilym Davies on “The Purpose of Romans”

June 5, 2018

Here is another episode of the excellent Preaching Matters series from St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in London.  This particular episode features the Rev. Gwilym Davies on “The Purpose of Romans” and the notes say: “Why did Paul write his letter to the Romans? How does seeing his big purpose help to teach each part of the epistle?

Gwilym Davies discusses the whole letter to the Romans, the purpose Paul has, how it is developed throughout the letter, and what difference this makes to our preaching of Romans.”

 

Dr. Os Guinness on “Time for Truth: Living Free in a World of Lies, Hype and Spin”

June 3, 2018

As part of the Reasons for Hope 2018 tour and in conjunction with Christian Unions Ireland, Dr. Os Guinness gave this lecture at Trinity College in Dublin.  It is very much worth hearing and pondering.

The Rev. Dr. Lee Gatiss on “Flourishing in a Hostile World”

June 2, 2018

From Church Society, here is a talk by Lee Gatiss on “the theme of flourishing in a hostile world. He spoke about the flourishing of the early church despite hostility and persecution, and challenged us about our perceptions of the circumstances required for growth today.”  This is another worthwhile message for our times.

From “The Pastor’s Heart”: a discussion on how to preach from 1 Corinthians 11:2-16

June 1, 2018

In our time, perhaps one of the more difficult passages to preach on is 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, one of the gender passages of the New Testament.  The Pastor’s Heart blog has done a good podcast on this very passage, and in this podcast, Dominic Steele speaks with Dani Treweek and Lionel Windsor regarding it.  As the Anglican Church League points out, it is “well worth spending 38 minutes to think about the passage, and how to preach it in today’s culture.”