Saint John the Evangelist (Lockport, IL)

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Christian Art

Joe Carter, of Evangelical Outpost has been running a weekend series of posts on Christian artists. I really liked the Saints and liturgical paintings on the Web site of this weeks artist, Melissa Weinman (her site here).

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Lessons for May 1, 2005

Lessons for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 1, 2005

The Collect:
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Psalm 148, Laudate Dominum, BCP version here.

Acts 17:22-31 or Isaiah 41:17-20

1 Peter 3:8-81 or Acts 17:22-31

John 15: 1-8

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

What is the difference between Anglicanism and Roman Catholicism?

What is the difference between
Anglicanism and Roman Catholicism?

In many respects, there are no differences between the two churches. They are both Christian churches, springing from the same ancient source as the Eastern Orthodox churches. As such, Anglicans and Roman Catholics read the Bible with not only the two Testaments but also the Apocrypha, those books of the Hebrew Bible written in Greek. Both churches recite the Nicene and Apostles Creeds. Both administer Baptism and Confirmation, and celebrate the Holy Communion, as well as the four other sacramental rites of Penance, Matrimony, Anointing of the Sick, and Holy Orders. Their clergy are ordained deacon first, then priest, unless they are called to be perpetual deacons. From the priests bishops are chosen and consecrated by no fewer than three bishops belonging to a scrupulously conserved line of bishops that reaches back to the earliest churches.

Read it all at

Christian Carnival LXVI

Is up. I hosted it, here. Hope you all take a look. :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

US Church Withdraws From Key Anglican Body

News story from Reuters about the Episcopal Church:

Kind of reminds me of when my granddaughter insisted on eating that spicy pickle, and then cried out "What have I done?" But sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

Carnival Time

The Christian Carnival is up at anotherthink

The Springtime of the Church

This is a long, but very interesting article on very early Christianity.

The Springtime of the Church
William J. Bow

For nearly two millennia theologians and philosophers have asked, "What does it mean to be a Christian?" Today we might ask, "What is the unchanging essence of Christianity?"
The answer can be found in its origins and the amazing things that happened in the infant church as it responded to the soaring promise of the New Testament.

The early Christians felt that God had revealed himself in Christ. They felt that God had been met and engaged and they strove to let his spirit rule their lives.

Their beliefs were simple. Prior to the development of theological Christianity, they focused on the message of the Gospels and the one commandment, "Love God and neighbor."

Read it all at the link above.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Waddya all think?

David Wayne over at Jollyblogger has a good idea. Read it. Should we do something like that?

The Lessons for Fourth Sunday of Easter

Lessons for Sunday April 17, 2005
Fourth Sunday after Easter

The Collect
O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.