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Two thoughts from J.C. Ryle

November 27, 2018

This week I came across two thoughts by J.C. Ryle that seemed to be particularly worth thinking about.  The first of these is from his A Call to Prayer:

“Praying and sinning will never live together in the same heart. Prayer will consume sin, or sin will choke prayer.”

The second is from Ryle’s Thoughts for Young Men:

“Do nothing that you would not like God to see. Say nothing you would not like God to hear. Write nothing you would not like God to read. Go no place where you would not like God to find you. Read no book of which you would not like God to say, “Show it to Me.”
Never spend your time in such a way that you would not like to have God say, “What are you doing?”
Both of these are sound counsel for men and women of any age.

 

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A podcast with Fr. Charles Erlandson on “Anglican Identity”

November 25, 2018

I came across the podcast Anglican Audio: Faith and Honor today and am glad I did as this is quite a podcast.  One episode they did recently is titled Anglican Identity and features Fr. Charles Erlandson, who in my opinion has to be one of the brightest minds in Anglicanism.  In this particular podcast, he and the hosts address the question of Anglican identity: what are its essential contours, what are the primary markers, and what are the historic examples. Very much worth a listen!

Fr. Steve Macias: “How to Pray ‘Morning Prayer’ in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer”

November 24, 2018

If you have thought about using the Book of Common Prayer in your devotionals – and even if you already do – Fr. Steve Macias gives some help in doing this.

The Rev. Joe Rigney: “4 Simple (Yet Profound) Things to Remember This Thanksgiving”

November 22, 2018

Courtesy of Crossway, here is an essay by Joe Rigney on 4 Simple (Yet Profound) Things to Remember This Thanksgiving.  This is a good reminder of where our hearts and minds should be at this time of year.  The author points out:

Gratitude is the proper response to an abundance of gifts. Gratitude is the posture of the soul that most readily increases receptivity. Gratitude demands humility, since only those who acknowledge their dependence, their need, and their delight in the goodness and kindness of another can be grateful. Give thanks always and for everything. And be specific.

That is very well said.

The Rev. Dick Lucas: “The Perversion of the Gospel (1)” (Jude 1:4)

November 21, 2018

I recently came across 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 third one, on Jude 1:4.  It is titled “The Perversion of the Gospel (1).”

The Rev. Dr. Tim Patrick: “Thomas Cranmer: The Reformation in Liturgy”

November 20, 2018

In 2017, Moore Theological College in Australia had a conference on “Celebrating the Reformation” and one of the speakers was Dr. Tim Patrick, who spoke on “Thomas Cranmer: The Reformation in Liturgy”.  This is an interesting look at the Reformation and liturgy – very much worth the time.

A thought to ponder, from Charles Spurgeon by way of Tim Challies

November 18, 2018

From the “Iron Sharpens Iron” podcast: Dr. Ashley Null on “Reformation Anglicanism: A Vision For Today’s Global Communion”

November 17, 2018

If you like the work of the Rev. Dr. Ashley Null, theologian and author, you will like this interview of him on the “Iron Sharpens Iron” podcast.  The topic is “Reformation Anglicanism: A Vision For Today’s Global Communion” which certainly holds one’s interest.

The Rev. Jonathan Pryke: “Fallen Humanity” (Psalm 53)

November 16, 2018

From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a message titled “Fallen Humanity” by the Rev. Jonathan Pryke. In this sermon, he deals with this matter: “In his Psalm, King David is clear about the seriousness and the universality of sin. But he also knows that the day will come when God will act to restore his people. This is a brilliant Psalm to help you accept the fallen nature of mankind, and to help you rejoice in the sure and certain hope of heaven!”

Something Different: Luka Sulic performs Faure’s Elegy

November 14, 2018

This is quite a beautiful piece, and Luka Sulic, along with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ivo Lipanovic, turns in a great performance.  I think you will enjoy it.