We’ve just returned from our vacation in the Adirondacks. Part of the offerings where we were staying was a series of seminar talks by a well-known Christian celebrity with a very successful women’s ministry. What was so startling in the talks was her use of the Scriptures. Being in my little embattled corner as a… Read More Irrational Numbers
The Diocese of New Jersey elected its 12th Bishop on May 4th. Although the progress of the election and ballots fell out exactly as I had described it in our parish open forum, the Bishop elect was relatively unknown to me. So when I returned home and after a well-earned mug of tea, I had… Read More “Stoking” the boiler
F-Troop was a satirical western television situation comedy series of the 1960’s. One of the recurring word plays that marked its humor (along with burlesque, slapstick and visual gags) was the directions from the Hekawis encampment, the local Native American tribe, to Fort Courage the home of F-Troop: “Turn left at the big rock that looks… Read More Bear Signs
If you’ve read any of my posts you will know a bit about the influence of the Church of England’s evangelicalism has had in shaping my way of theology and ministry. When I use the rather long term, “39-article-evangelical-anglican”, to describe myself I like to think that I am standing within the tent occupied by… Read More Godly Ambition
Yesterday, July 27, 2011 at 1515hrs GMT, that quiet lion of the gospel John R. W. Stott, left this frail flesh behind and entered into the glory of Christ. About the time he was leaving the Church militant for the Church triumphant, I was journaling through Romans 12.1-2 with his commentary (in the Bible Speaks… Read More Uncle John
Found a little edition of the Heidelberg Catechism the other day. Entitled The Heidelberg Catechism, Twentieth Century Edition. There’s a wonderful section dedicated to explaining the difference between confirmation and conversion: Some persons, not understanding our church life and customs, foolishly think that we confirm our young people no matter what their state of mind… Read More Back in Old Heidelberg
There is an irony in posting this here. I hope you appreciate that by the end of this little entry. I just finished The Shallows, a sobering account by Nicholas Carr of the way in which we are welcoming a frenziedness into our souls. He explains how the printed book served to focus our attention,… Read More The Mac is Not a Typewriter
Open up your bible and turn to John 5. Make sure you use a translation that is not the King James or the New American Standard Bible. Read the first paragraph and count the verse numbers: Verse 1? Check. Verse 2? Check. Verse 3? Check. Verse 4? Uh-oh. Verse 4 is missing. Huh? What’s up… Read More How Critical is Being Critical?