Saturday, July 19, 2014
This talk is about prayer and I found it just got me thinking about my own prayer life, my churches prayer life, prayers that have changed me/others and prayer in general. As he says, why is it that in the life of the local church and in our lives prayer so easily 'slides off the table'?Listening to this will I hope put prayer back front and centre.
The most important hour of your life
Christian voices in disagreement over assisted-dying
So your child is dating a non-Christian
Women Bishops the morning after
4 reasons why some preachers get better and others don't
A simple timeline for Acts
10 things pastors hate to admit publicly
No 1 reason church attendance is down
Faith and Mental Illness Part 1 and Part 2
Why you really need to be done with living safe
Friday, July 18, 2014
Graham Tomlin of St Mellitus on 'Why assisted dying needs to be resisted'
Two other articles:
Can we trust assist dying to politicians?
Do please pray.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Do you think anyone will attend our church on Sunday because Synod passed the women's bishop's measure? I will tell you on Monday......
Someone on my team has never had a fig roll. Honestly- never ever.
I reread this today by David Fitch about plagiarism and celebrity.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
-They both had amazing conversions
-They both studied theology in Turkey
-They both love their nation and returned to it to win it for Christ at great personal risk.
-They single-handedly distributed 20K NT's around Tehran door to door at night.
-They planted a network of house churches- including one among prostitutes.
-They were arrested and imprisoned.
-They led most of their fellow-prisoners to Jesus.
-They were miraculously freed.
-They now have a globally influential ministry on behalf of the persecuted church.
If the C of E is looking for a couple of women bishop's, as they will be after today, then these two are top of my list. As it is, they will probably pick a frightfully nice and competent liberally-disposed ex-dean of a cathedral in her mid-50's with a Phd from a redbrick university somewhere in the West-Midland's. Such is life.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
From BiOY today:
'In his book, The Vision and The Vow, Pete Greig tells of how a distinguished art critic was studying an exquisite painting by the Italian Renaissance master Filippino Lippi. He stood in London’s National Gallery gazing at the fifteenth-century depiction of Mary holding the infant Jesus on her lap, with saints Dominic and Jerome kneeling nearby. But the painting troubled him. There could be no doubting Lippi’s skill, his use of colour or composition. But the proportions of the picture were slightly wrong. The hills in the background seemed exaggerated, as if they might topple out of the frame at any minute onto the gallery’s polished floor. The two kneeling saints looked awkward and uncomfortable.
Art critic Robert Cumming was not the first to criticise Lippi’s work for its poor perspective, but he may well be the last to do so, because at that moment he had a revelation. It suddenly occurred to him that the problem might be his. The painting he was analyzing with clinical objectivity was not just another piece of religious art hanging in a gallery alongside other comparative works. It had never been intended to come anywhere near a gallery. Lippi’s painting had been commissioned to hang in a place of prayer.
Self-consciously, the dignified critic dropped to his knees in the public gallery before the painting. He suddenly saw what generations of art critics had missed. From his new vantage point, Robert Cumming found himself gazing up at a perfectly proportioned piece. The foreground had moved naturally to the background, while the saints seemed settled – their awkwardness, like the painting itself, having turned to grace. Mary now looked intently and kindly directly at him as he knelt at her feet between saints Dominic and Jerome.
It was not the perspective of the painting that had been wrong all these years – it was the perspective of the people looking at it. Robert Cumming, on bended knee, in a position of worship, had found a beauty that Robert Cumming the proud art critic could not. The painting only came alive to those on their knees in prayer.'
Saturday, July 12, 2014
What's so amazing about being Anglican?
Some thoughts on being a pastor's wife
The one thing Warren Buffet and Bill Gates have. (h/t J D Greear)
Carey, Carey quite contrary
Comfort for Christian parents of unconverted children
A top ten film list (most of which I haven't seen)
Yancey says farewell to the golden age of Christian publishing
Will Social Media destroy discipleship?