December

26. Autobiography of Charles Finney27. The Man who was Thursday by Chesterton28. Simply Christian by Wright29. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Twain30. The Contemplative Pastor by Peterson31. The Last Battle by Lewis

Calvin in a Year

Here’s a way to read the Institutes over the next year: Princeton Theological Seminary has set up a daily reading and commentary that begins January 1st in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Calvin’s birth. Notice the podcast and rss feed options. Pretty nifty.

Wright on Pentecost, Scripture Reading, and Sacrament

A few excerpts from N.T. Wright’s Simply Christian: “The fulfillment of the Torah by the Spirit is one of the main themes underlying the spectacular description in Acts 2, or the day of Pentecost itself. To this day, Pentecost is observed in Judaism as the feast of the giving of the Law. First comes Passover,…

Continual Sacrifice, Eucharist, and Hebrews

“For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect… But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right…

The Good Shepherd Gives Himself

“Thus says the Lord GOD to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock.” Ez. 34:2-3 It is no accident that our Lord was…

The Birth of Everything

We have just declared that Christ is born and called one another to worship Him. Just as we declare Christ risen during the season of Easter, so too, we proclaim Him born like the Shepherds, like the Wise Men, like the angels. Christ is born and we call everyone everywhere to glorify him. Historically, Christmas…

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Christmas Eve 2008 Homily————–“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert; a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted; and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight; and the rough places smooth; the glory of the…

ERH on Leisure and Holiday

Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy (ERH) (188-1973) says that the disintegration of our culture is tied directly to our inability to celebrate holiday which is not the same thing as having “leisure time.” Leisure takes men into pastimes whether future or past, or inner or outer ecstasies. Leisure is free time spent merely doing something else, something out…

Happy Snow

Here’s what we’ve been enjoying the last week or so. Just got these pictures from my father in law. Happy Snow.

Still King

One of the gifts of the lectionary and church calendar is the backbone it gives to our lives. If these gifts are the collective, devotional wisdom of the Church down through the centuries, then they are Fathers advising us about how to pray and what to pray for and when. Of course we may generally…