July 8, 2019

By John W Frye A series by John based on The Gospel of Ruth by Carolyn Custis James. Having established that The Book of Ruth is a nitty gritty Ancient Near Eastern story, not a “happily-ever-after” romance story, Carolyn Custis James offers her readers an unexpected perspective. Carolyn’s supported thesis is that Naomi is the central character of the book, not Ruth. Naomi goes to Moab with her husband and sons. Naomi’s family dies. Naomi pleads for her Moabite daughters-in-law… Read more

July 7, 2019

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. BCP Read more

July 6, 2019

Hello from England, where we are taking a brief vacation. A little fun to fly to England on the Fourth of July! We will be visiting CS Lewis’ home, The Kilns outside Oxford, early next week. This is grace, but its Anne Marie Miller’s painful grace. Mark, here we are, face to face, 22 years after seeing each other for the last time. My heart is no longer broken. It has been rebuilt by love and faith and those who… Read more

July 5, 2019

A Portrait of What’s Possible, by Mike Glenn For several years, I was the teaching pastor of a young adult worship experience we called Kairos. Although I handed off that ministry to a talented, gifted and yes, younger colleague, I still miss being part of that Tuesday night experience. I learned a lot from them, and while I hope I gave them something in return, I will always be grateful for the lessons they taught me about what really matters… Read more

July 4, 2019

Of course, neither our President nor any nation’s leader is the same as the Davidic king envisioned here, but the Davidic king can be seen as a template of kingship — with due adjustments for our world, and with all respect to our Canadians who have some of their official statements embedded in this Psalm. Perhaps today you could begin by praying for our President. From BCP For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the Holy Church… Read more

July 3, 2019

The biggest difference between a professor who preaches or an author who preaches is that the professor or author doesn’t know the congregation. That makes all the difference for the local pastor’s preaching, and the Wednesday chapter in Frank Honeycutt’s Sunday Comes Every Week is all about Exegeting — beginning with the congregation. Which led Honeycutt to one story after another about the quirkiness of the people in his congregation. Quirky is the right word, and not a few unsavory wishes… Read more

July 2, 2019

Our new book is now shipping, thanks to Baylor for pressing the book’s early arrival. Think of a community that is divided, ethnically split, arrogant, challenged by a corrupt culture, and claiming to be followers of Jesus. If you’re thinking of the churches in first century Rome, you’re right.  Paul wrote his most famous and significant letter to a community with all sorts of challenges. It’s a shame we often neglect the community and the people behind this very important letter…. Read more

July 2, 2019

The following post, the first in a short series on the book of Acts, was written by a Christian colleague (JAG) who teaches in the School of Social Work. Both his professional expertise and his personal experience as a second generation immigrant shape his understanding of the book and bring insights that will help all of us read the book better. He presented the material in a well received class at our church and I am pleased to bring it… Read more

July 1, 2019

This is the third post in the series on Michael Bird and Scott Harrower Trinity without Hierarchy: Reclaiming Nicene Orthodoxy in Evangelical Theology, a book that collects essays that both criticize what must be called a Complementarian sub-Trinitarianism and they also offer an alternative in the classical Trinitarian orthodoxy of the church. I turn today to the post by Jules Martínez-Olivieri called “There is a Method to the Madness.” Here’s the madness, a quote from Wayne Grudem: Paul makes the parallel explicit… Read more

June 30, 2019

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. BCP Read more

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