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Jeremy Irons reads the Psalms (audio)

July 23, 2019

If you would like to hear a quite good rendition of the Psalms, the well-known actor Jeremy Irons has audio of his own rendition of the Psalms on his website:

Jeremy Irons Reads The Psalms

This was done in four separate performances on BBC Radio 4, from Good Friday through Easter Monday of this year, and the version being read is the King James Version.  This is very much worth the hearing.


Now available: the next episode of the “Miserable Offenders” podcast on “Knowing God in the Liturgy” by Peter Toon

July 22, 2019

From our friends at The North American Anglican, here is the latest episode of their podcast, Miserable Offenders.  In this episode, Deacon Andrew and Jesse discuss the recent heated debates over the 2019 ACNA Book of Common Prayer and eventually turn back to the Toon text for answers.  If you have been following those debates, this is certainly worth hearing.

Something Different: Three cellos and a piano perform “Largo” from Handel’s Xerxes

July 21, 2019

If you like the “Largo” from Handel’s Xerxes, I think you will like this performance by a very talented quartet.

From The Porcine blog: more thoughts on the 2019 ACNA Book of Common Prayer

July 20, 2019

Readers may recall a post from the author of The Porcine blog titled On Prayers for the Dead: Part 1 of a discussion regarding the 2019 BCP.  If that one got your attention, he now has a post up titled On Optional Liturgy that is Part 2 of that discussion.  He draws quite a contrast between the underlying philosophy of the 1662 BCP and that of the new ACNA BCP, and I would encourage you to go read his post, On Optional Liturgy.

Two additional links regarding BCP versions/revisions

July 18, 2019

In the last few weeks there have certainly been some interesting discussions regarding the new 2019 Book of Common Prayer for the ACNA.  In reading some of these discussions I have come across two links that would be worth considering as possible alternatives to this and other BCPs, or as possible beginnings for traditional language BCP versions:

North American Common Prayer – this site is “a lay-led project to create traditional language versions of Texts for Common Prayer, and eventually the Book of Common Prayer, 2019, for use within the Anglican Church of North America.”  I think there are some very good ideas here and hope that eventually it will bear fruit in leading to such a traditional language BCP.

An Instructional Order of Service for the 1662 BCP Lord’s Supper – This site actually uses the 1928 BCP Holy Communion service but revises it according to the 1662 BCP.  There is an audio that can be listened to, and the manuscript for the “Instructional Order of Service for the 1662 BCP Lord’s Supper” is available in PDF or Word format.  In addition there are articles by Dr. Lee Gatiss and Katie Badie.

There is a LOT to think about at these two links.

From The Pastor’s Heart: an interview with Dr. Mark Thompson on theological education

July 17, 2019

From The Pastor’s Heart, here is an interview by Dominic Steele of Dr. Mark Thompson, Principal of Moore College in Australia.  Dr. Thompson is just back from a tour of the world’s leading theological colleges, observing best practice and latest trends, and here are his thoughts on his observations.  Very much worth watching, particularly if you are thinking about your own education or preparing the next generation of leaders in the Church.

Rev. Jefferies Response Re: ACNA 2019 BCP & Prayer Book Society USA’s Updated 1662 BCP

July 16, 2019

This presents some additional thoughts on the 2019 BCP for ACNA and links to an article in The North American Anglican by Rev. Jeffries. It is very much worth a read to keep up with the discussion about the ACNA 2019 BCP and alternatives to it.

We see through a mirror darkly

Glad to see Rev. Jefferies respond and do so on the same outlet that has mainly hosted as the battlefield of opinion on the new ACNA 2019 BCP, The North American Anglican.

A few items worth noting:

Some priests and theologians might explain the prepositions in the sacramental rites as causative, some as promissory, but in either case, we can all pray the same prayers. This was the theological genius of 1662.

. . .

And, certainly, the 1662 has strengths that the 2019 does not have. Most definitely. In unity, simplicity, beauty, the 1662 easily beats 2019.

Agree on all counts, which is why I hate to see us lose common prayer with so many options and would have rather seen an updating of the 2003 REC BCP as the baseline instead of “Starting from what is known and nearly-ubiquitous (the 1979 structures etc) . . . .”

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The Rev. David Holloway: “Jesus: The Advocate For Our Sin” (1 John 2:1-6)

July 15, 2019

From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a message by the Rev. David Holloway, titled “Jesus: The Advocate For Our Sin”. It is based on 1 John 2:1-6 and is the third in a series on the First Epistle of John. The YouTube notes say”John’s first letter tells us that sin is very serious – we can’t deny it or its consequences – eternal separation from God. But, there is a wonderful solution to our sin and God has provided it himself. Jesus Christ is our propitiation- he takes the force of God’s anger on himself so that we can live holy lives. And it’s in living out these lives that we find the assurance that we truly know our saviour.”

Church Society goes digital: Six books now available on Kindle

July 14, 2019

If you like the work Church Society does in the United Kingdom, you may be pleased to know that six of their books are now available on Kindle.  This information can be found on their blog post Going Digital! and from what I can gather these titles are available from Amazon UK and Amazon US:

  • Reformed Foundations, Reforming Future, Lee Gatiss and Peter Adam
  • Feed My Sheep, Lee Gatiss, editor
  • The Effective Anglican, Lee Gatiss, editor
  • Confident and Equipped, Lee Gatiss, editor
  • Be Faithful, Lee Gatiss, Mike Ovey, and Mark Pickles
  • Fight Valiantly, Lee Gatiss

If any of these titles interest you, please check them out on their blog.

Rod Dreher: “Seminary Confidential”

July 13, 2019

If you have been keeping up with how things are going in our seminaries, you may be aware of some of what Rod Dreher is writing about in his post Seminary Confidential.  But whether you have or have not been keeping up with this, it might be good to read Seminary Confidential as Mr. Dreher paints a rather dire picture of the current status of seminaries and the fall of many of them to Critical Theory adherents.