Saint John the Evangelist (Lockport, IL)

Monday, July 25, 2005

Holy Spirit is Found Under Church

So reads the headline to this article from the BBC.

Hat tip to Anglicans Online in their New This Week section.


Lectionary for July 31, 2005

The Lessons for Sunday July 31, 2005
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13)


Old Testament Lesson:
Nehemiah 9:16-20
Psalm:
Psalm 78:1-29, Attendite, popule, BCP version
New Testament Lesson:
Romans 8:35-39
Gospel:

The Collect:
Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Using "Reason" in Debate

We all know that reason is one of the three pillars of Anglican thought. However, listening to debates and presentations and conventions and synods, one wonders when reason was displaced by passion. +Wright has voiced this concern in an article printed in The Guardian.

I know! I know! Not more N.T. Wright! The only thing I can say in my defense is that I think he has earned the right to be heard the hard way. He has been a pastor, a scholar, and a teacher, all at the same time. And, unlike a lot of other scholars and teachers, he is making much of his writing and thinking available on the internet. I wish others would do so as well.

(ht: James Crossley)

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Two essays for on the Love of God

Abednego a new co-contributor at Parablemania has written two posts on God and Love. Comments?

Monday, July 11, 2005

The Ministry of Women in the Church of England

The Church of England (the Mother Chruch) is going through its own difficult times in that they are going to begin, it seems, to ask the government to remove all legal impediments to the ordination of women bishops. Just as we in the Episcopal Church are facing difficult times, so is the CofE. Over the weekend there has been a threat of mass defections by clergy as their General Synod is meeting. For an interesting read on Women in the New Testament, I am linking to this published talk by the Bishop of Durham, N.T. Wright.

I was surprised and delighted by it. +Wright has indicated, according to some discussion (read the comments on the main article) over on Thinking Anglicans, that he believes women should be ordained to all three historic orders of the Church.

Another reason to read the paper by +Wright is to learn of recent insights into the main passages from Paul's letters dealing with women. These are the passages that many people use to say that they don't like Paul, that he put down women, etc. I learned a lot from this paper and it has given me some pointers for futher study in other areas.

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When we pray in our services for all bishops and all other ministers, I hope we are including all bishops and ministers: American, Canadian, British, et. al.

Lectionary for July 17, 2005

The Lessons for Sunday July 17, 2005
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 11)

Old Testament Lesson:
Wisdom 12:13, 16-19

The Psalm:
Psalm 86, Inclina, Domine, BCP version

The New Testament Lesson:
Romans 8:18-25

The Gospel Lesson:
Matthew 13:24-30,36-43

The Collect:
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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Monday, July 04, 2005

N.T. Wright

Shipwreck and Kingdom: Acts and the Anglican Communion