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Herrenhuter readings for Sunday, the 30th June 2013

Herrenhuter readings for Sunday, the 30th June 2013

“I will not let you go unless you bless me.” (Gen 32:26 NIV) When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.” (Act 3:26 NIV). . . Read All

Sermon for Fifth Sunday after Trinity

Trinity 5                                                                                                             1 Kg 19:11-21                                                                                                             6/30/13             There is a diversity of opinion about what to call Edward Snowden.  Snowden is the former National Security Agency employee who revealed details to the public about a NSA program called Prism.  Prism is the code name for a classified program under which the NSA accessed the central computer servers of nine U.S. Internet companies, extracting e-mail, audio and video chats, photographs, documents, and other material. The . . . Read All
In case you don’t get blogging. . .

In case you don’t get blogging. . .

. . . Read AllHT to wronghands1.wordpress.com otherwise known as John Atkinson…
Who communes… what does it matter?

Who communes… what does it matter?

Good words from St. Thomas Aquinas:  Sumunt boni, sumunt mali: sorte tamen inaequali, vitae vel interitus. Both the wicked and the good Eat of this celestial food, But with ends how opposite. Mors est malis, vita bonis: vide paris sumptionis quam sit dispar exitus. Here is life and there is deathThe same yet issuing to eachIn a difference infinite. Bone pastor, panis vere,Jesu, nostri miserére:Tu nos pasce, nos tuére:Tu nos bona fac vidéreIn terra vivéntium. Jesu, shepherd of the sheepThou thy flock in safety keep,Living bread, thy life supply:Strengthen us, or else we die,Fill us with celestial grace. Tu, qui cuncta scis et vales:Qui nos pascis hic mortales:Tuos . . . Read All
Too many words. . .

Too many words. . .

. . . Read All I plead guilty to the charge.  There are too many words in the Divine Service.  I sometimes feel overwhelmed with words on Sunday morning.  I know I am guilty but I also am not sure what penance to do for my sin.  I have tried to introduce silence.  It grows difficult after about 30 seconds and people begin to fidget and the whole thing goes south pretty quickly after that.  The noise of the discomfort is even worse than the noise of too many words.  On Sunday mornings I feel like St. Paul — the good that I should, I do not and the evil I should not, I do.  The liturgy is supposed to reign in the abundance of

June 30, 2013 – The Fifth Sunday after Trinity

Today’s Reading: Luke 5:1-11 Daily Lectionary: Joshua 5:1-6:5; Acts 10:1-17 And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” (Luke 5:10) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. God works through means. That is, He doesn’t just do things out of the blue, like some sort of divine magic. He uses the people and things of this world to accomplish His saving work. And when it came time to save sinners, God didn’t wave His invisible hand somewhere. No, He came in the flesh, as a man, to suffer and die and rise again. Likewise, when the Lord saves sinners now, He doesn’t just magically pop a light bulb on in their head. He sends preachers. Preachers preach the Word. Hearers hear it and through that Word the Spirit works repentance and faith. One of the common excuses for many who avoid church is that “I believe, but I’m against ‘organized religion.'” But Jesus Himself instituted the holy Christian church. When He tells Peter that He will “catch men,” it means that Peter and the other apostles, and the pastors who would follow after them, would be the means by which the Lord casts the net of His Word. And by that Word, the Lord would drag sinners into His kingdom. You can’t have a church without a preacher and you don’t need a preacher without hearers. The Lord doesn’t leave us fish to wonder whether we are in His church or not. You can tell by answering the question, “Do I have a preacher?” It is through the hands and voice of that man that Christ acts and speaks to save you. To wash you at the font. To declare His forgiveness to you. To give to you Jesus’ own body and blood. Jesus tells Peter he will not just catch fish but also men. Peter and the rest of the preachers are the means by which the Lord brings sinners to receive what He has for them: forgiveness of sins and everlasting life. O God, who has prepared for those that love You such good things as pass man’s understanding, pour into our hearts such love toward You that we, loving You above all things, may obtain Your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for Trinity 5)
Dancing Through A Land Mine: Impromptu Talk On Dark Forces

Dancing Through A Land Mine: Impromptu Talk On Dark Forces

Reblogged from Church At Charlotte Student Ministries: Last night I walked through a land mine and hopefully managed to not blow myself up. Not that I think I said anything crazy, but I just figured that it would be best if parents heard it from me first so it doesn’t come as a surprise when you hear it from your kids. Yesterday during our free day when we were walking around the Inner Harbor, one of the girls said to me, “You never told us about demons and demon possession like you said you would.” To which I said I had, but she was quick to point out that I only talked about spiritual warfare and never got into the . . . Read All
At least the NY Times is supportive. . .

At least the NY Times is supportive. . .

My own comments on the easy target the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church notwithstanding, everyone agrees that Bishop Schori has taken quite a few hits, both deserved and those that came because, whatever happened, happened on her watch.  She has, however, at least one sympathetic supporter — none other than the NY Times.  Read it all here. . . Read All. . . What mystifies me, however, is how the NY Times and other liberal media can skip over the wasting of millions of dollars in lawyers, court costs, etc… ONLY to pursue buildings.  Liberal media always complain that the churches do not spend enough on people so how can they justify, excuse, or ignore the deep hole that a fading Episcopal

Dark is a relative term…

As one who loves history, I have long been frustrated by the shallow characterization of the period after the fall of the Roman Empire as the Dark Ages.  Dark is a relative term.  A perfectly well lit room seems dark when you enter from the bright sun.  So it is with the period leading up to the bright light of the Renaissance and after the bright light of the Roman Empire. Here is a little video that might perk up some discussion on the subject. . . . Read All
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