Is Judaism the Background of Christian Faith?

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Is Judaism the background of the Christian faith? I am a child of what has been dubbed the “Third Quest” for the historical Jesus. This was the term given to the study of Jesus since at least the early 90′s which focused the study of Jesus on his Jewish context. Notable figures of the Third [Read More...]

Peter Leithart: On Not Being Afraid of Becoming Episcopalian

Peter Leithart re-posts a classic piece about the liturgical church. A stranger coming into our church might be forgiven for mistaking our liturgy for an Anglican or Lutheran one.  Yet I’m not afraid of becoming Episcopalian because our liturgy is not “essentially the same” as an “Episcopalian” (that is, a squishy, Scripture-avoidant mainline)  liturgy, any more than [Read More...]

Interview with Tom McCall on the Trinity and the Cross

IVP has a good interview with Tom McCall about his book Forsake: The Trinity the Cross and Why it Matters. Good discussion on the theme of divine abandonment. [Read more...]

New Online Journal on Greek and Linguistics

McMaster Divinity College has launched a new on-line journal called Biblical and Ancient Greek Linguistics edited by Stanley E. Porter and Cynthia Westfall. The purpose of the journal is: “Biblical and Ancient Greek Linguistics (BAGL) is an international journal that exists to further the application of modern linguistics to the study of Ancient and Biblical [Read More...]

John Milbank on the Future of Anglicanism

Again, over at ABC Religion & Ethics, John Milbank has a stimulating article on After Rowan: The Coherence and Future of Anglicanism. Particularly enjoyable was his remarks about the need for proper divinity schools in the UK (and I would say a fortiori in Australia/New Zealand). The Church of England needs to make higher education [Read More...]

Scott Stephens on Richard Dawkins

Last night on the ABC’s Q&A, atheist-at-large Richard Dawkins went head-to-head with the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell (see here). No offense to Pell, he’s a Pastor to priests, a manager of huge resources, and a spokesperson for thousands of people, but he does not have the intellectual and philosophical clout to take [Read More...]

Review of Paul and the Gospels – Nick Norelli on Paul and Mark

Over at Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth, Nick Norelli begins his review of Paul and the Gospels (edited by myself and my co-blogger Joel Willitts).  Nick kicks off with a review of the first two essays on Paul and Mark by Michael Bird and James Crossley. Its fairly comprehensive and Norelli sides with Crossley [Read More...]

Ben Witherington on Grief

The Courier Journal as a lovely piece on Ben Witherington III concerning the tragic death of his daughter Christy entitled Faith & Works. The interview concludes this way: “God doesn’t promise you a rose garden,” said Witherington. In recent weeks, he has been teaching on the gospel of Mark and its many passages indicating Jesus’ [Read More...]

Prayer for Easter

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O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Messiah your Son [Read More...]

Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom

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Is there anyone who is a devout lover of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!  Is there anyone who is a grateful servant?  Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord! Are there any weary with fasting?  Let them now receive their wages! If any have toiled from the first [Read More...]

Peter Jensen’s Easter Message

Peter Jensen, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, gives his Easter address: [Read more...]

Things to Click for Easter 2012

Sorry for the low volume on blogging, but I’ve spent a large part of this Easter in Toowoomba on Easterfest. In fact, last night I went to a Michael W. Smith concert, he can sing some gospel, I just wish his “message” had a little more depth to it (sigh …). Any ways, here’s stuff [Read More...]

Prayer for Holy Saturday

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O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and [Read More...]

Prayer for Good Friday

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Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more...]

Prayer for Maundy (new) Thursday

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Today is Maundy Thursday. To those  unfamiliar with this name, “maundy” means “commandment” (Revised). Maundy Thursday brings the end of Lent and initiates the three great days of the Paschal celebration, referred to as the “Great Triduum”: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Paschal Vigil on Saturday night. Maundy Thursday gets its name from the commandment [Read More...]


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