A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Friday, September 21, 2018

Scriptures and Prayer for the Feast of St. Matthew

Old Testament: Proverbs 3:1-6

Psalter: Psalm 119:33-40

Epistle: 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Gospel: Matthew 9:9-13
We thank you, heavenly Father, for the witness of your apostle and evangelist Matthew to the Gospel of your Son our Savior; and we pray that, after his example, we may with ready wills and hearts obey the calling of our Lord to follow him; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Jarena Lee: Trailblazing African American Preacher and 'self-made' woman.

by Eric Washington, Christianity Today:
One Sunday in 1817, Jarena Lee attended a service at Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Philadelphia. A former servant, Lee had become a Christian nearly a decade before -- a conversion experience which also awoke her desire to preach. Although she had expressed this calling to church leaders, Lee had never taken the pulpit. Until today.

Originally scheduled to preach, the Reverend Richard Williams was unable to speak the words he had prepared. Impulsively, Lee rose from her seat and addressed the congregation.

"During the exhortation, God made manifest his power in a manner sufficient to show the world that I was called to labor according to my ability, and the grace given unto me, in the vineyard of the good husbandman," Lee later wrote.

Richard Allen, the African Methodist Episcopal Church founder and denomination bishop who also served as Mother Bethel’s pastor, was in the audience that day. Lee had informed Allen of her aspirations eight years earlier, but he hadn’t felt comfortable letting a woman speak from the pulpit. But that Sunday Allen changed his mind, convinced that God’s gift was operating in her that day. Following this, Lee would embark upon a career of public preaching.
The entire post can be read here.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Scriptures and Prayer for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Old Testament: Proverbs 1:20-33 or Isaiah 50:4-9a

Psalter: Psalm 19 or Wisdom of Solomon 7:26 - 8:1 or Psalm 116:1-9

Epistle: James 3:1-12

Gospel: Mark 8:27-38
Wisdom of God, from the street corners and at the entrances to the city you proclaim the way of life and of death. Grant us the wisdom to recognize your Messiah, that following in the way of the cross, we may know the way of life and glory. Amen.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Scriptures and Prayer for Holy Cross

Free Clip Art Crosses - Clipart libraryOld Testament: Numbers 21:4b-9

Psalter: Psalm 98:1-5 or Psalm 78:1-2, 34-38

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 1:18-24

Gospel: John 3:13-17
For the healing of the nations, O God, you raised up your Son on the wood of the cross and exalted him as the Lord of all creation. Grant that all who believe in him may have the gift of eternal life and share in the glory of your kingdom, where you live forever and ever. Amen.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Saturday at the Cinema: Bonhoeffer, A Life of Challenge

Below is a half-hour video on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer made way back in 1978. As a young pastor, I showed it to my confirmands. I was delighted to find that it is on YouTube. I hope you watch it. It is a good piece of work.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Christians in the Roman and American Empires

A must-read post from Roger Olson:
What about Christian attitudes towards the American empire today? Can we be proud to be American in spite of many things about America today with which we must disagree and which we must criticize if not condemn? I don't see why not.

However, we must learn to do two things with which the ancient Christians of the Roman Empire struggled.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Scriptures and Prayer for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Old Testament: 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 or Proverbs 9:1-6

Psalter: Psalm 111 or Psalm 34:9-14

Epistle: Ephesians 5:15-20

Gospel: John 6:51-58
Holy Wisdom, God of abundant life, you call us to the banquet of your love. We find you in the gifts you give; we know you in the ones with whom we share this holy food, and in the bread of this table, your son, Jesus Christ. Grant that we may be bread for others, as he is bread for us. Amen.