Mostly stuff on Christianity by an Anglican priest who reads a lot of C. S. Lewis. Please note: all my posts about Lewis' book How To Pray are on the site, under Social Media/blog.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Working on my sermon on Mk 9 for Sunday

Mark 9:37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

Psalm 138:6 Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

"receives me"; the receiver, receives in Jesus' name. He is identified with Jesus, humble, willing to serve the least for his sake, in his name. With that attitude, he receives the least and, guess what? He receives Jesus himself, for Jesus is with those who really are the least. There are those who take the position of least to serve, and those who really are least in a society - Jesus is with them. But he's also with those who humble themselves in service, for they get to receive him, and in turn, receive God in their lives and work. God the Father is even there with that child as well.
God tends to esteem the least - those we do not regard; they are more likely to be poor in spirit and humble, which God likes. Plus, he is tender and compassionate; he sees their suffering and it bothers him and moves him; he wants to be with them, to identify with them: you receive such, pay attention to them, think about them and open your heart to them like I do, you receive me at the same time because that's where I am in human society.

The proud he knows afar off; that's not just words to teach humility. It's anthropological and theological reality.

My conclusion: Friends, God give us grace to learn these lessons well.  It's right to seek to share Jesus' greatness and glory - the question is how and why!  
We cannot have a seat in Christ's kingdom unless we are on board with who he is and his work of salvation.  Jesus is not a mere moral teacher - he is the only salvation from our sin.  As those he has saved, we must seek to humble ourselves and take the last places.  And we must seek out those who are lowly, those who dwell where our Lord dwells, so that receiving them, we even receive God himself.  Jesus is the Lord of all because he has been the most humble and has served the least - you and me - so that, in the end, he may share his glory with us unworthy sinners, simply because he loves us.  Let's be concerned for his glory - he will not fail to share it on the day of his vindication.  Amen.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Politicians that do not value life

Generally, I would say, it seems politicians that are not pro life won't think anything about leaving you or any other American stranded somewhere. They don't care. "What difference does it make?" (Hillary Clinton about leaving Americans to die in Bengazi). They don't really care about your health, either. It's all about what keeps them rich and in office. There is a Day of Judgment.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Not Bearing False Witness

This video is from last Sunday's catechism class; I was teaching about the 9th commandment from the new ACNA Catechism on the same.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Spurgeon's M&E for 12 April - just the thing

"My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels." Psalm 22:14 

Our blessed Lord experienced a terrible sinking and melting of soul. "The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity, but a wounded spirit who can bear?" Deep depression of spirit is the most grievous of all trials; all besides is as nothing. Well might the suffering Saviour cry to his God, "Be not far from me," for above all other seasons a man needs his God when his heart is melted within him because of heaviness. Believer, come near the cross this morning, and humbly adore the King of glory as having once been brought far lower, in mental distress and inward anguish, than any one among us; and mark his fitness to become a faithful High Priest, who can be touched with a feeling of our infirmities. Especially let those of us whose sadness springs directly from the withdrawal of a present sense of our Father's love, enter into near and intimate communion with Jesus. Let us not give way to despair, since through this dark room the Master has passed before us. Our souls may sometimes long and faint, and thirst even to anguish, to behold the light of the Lord's countenance: at such times let us stay ourselves with the sweet fact of the sympathy of our great High Priest. Our drops of sorrow may well be forgotten in the ocean of his griefs; but how high ought our love to rise! Come in, O strong and deep love of Jesus, like the sea at the flood in spring tides, cover all my powers, drown all my sins, wash out all my cares, lift up my earth-bound soul, and float it right up to my Lord's feet, and there let me lie, a poor broken shell, washed up by his love, having no virtue or value; and only venturing to whisper to him that if he will put his ear to me, he will hear within my heart faint echoes of the vast waves of his own love which have brought me where it is my delight to lie, even at his feet forever.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

On Lust and Gluttony

 A recent lesson on two of the Cardinal Sins after an Evening Prayer service at our church.  I start the lesson about 15 minutes into the video.  You'll have to click on the youtube link to view it.  If you fast-forward, the sound may not be in sync with the video.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Aquinas and Sola Scriptura

From St. Thomas's commentary on St. John, chapter 21, Lecture 6:

2656 Now John states that his Gospel is true, and he speaks in the person of the entire Church which received it: "My mouth will utter truth" (Prv 8:7). We should note that although many have written about Catholic truth, there is a difference among them: those who wrote the canonical scriptures, such as the evangelists and apostles and the like, so constantly and firmly affirm this truth that it cannot be doubted. Thus John says, we know that his testimony is true: "If any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed" (Gal 1:9). The reason for this is that only the canonical scriptures are the standard of faith. The others have set forth this truth but in such a way that they do not want to be believed except in those things in which they say what is true.