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Thoughts on the Spiritual Life - XXVI - H. C. G. Moule

VII. manifoldness. I Pet. i. 6. – Manifold temptations. I Pet. iv. 10. – Manifold grace. Eph. iii. 10. – Manifold wisdom. There is an obvious contrast of subject-matter between the first of these quotations and the others. But the idea of manifoldness, variety, appears in all, and this connects them, and suggests important facts regarding the relation between the Christian’s needs, and his Lord’s supplies, and his Lord’s purposes towards him. i. Manifold temptations . On the word “temptation” I do not dwell at length, only remarking that the original word lends itself equally to denote the solicitations of the great Enemy and the tests of the Eternal Friend; “temptation” and “trial” respectively, in our present parlance. And it is obvious that these things are very often, perhaps always, in the case of the believer, two aspects of the one thing. In the history of Job we see Satan tempting, with resolute and merciless purposes of evil; we see the Lord trying

R. J. Neuhaus on C. S. Lewis and the Public Square

I just posted this to our C. S. Lewis Society e-mail list: Dear Friends of C. S. Lewis: Yes! It’s already here! Our next meeting of the C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga – this Friday, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Vicarage, 4908 Tennessee Ave., in St. Elmo. We will continue our discussion of the book Miracles. Last time, we just got through chapter 3, so we are a little behind. We’ll see if we can get through chapters 4 to 10. As usual, if you aren’t able to get the reading done ahead of time, come anyway; there’s always lots to discuss and learn. If you are coming, let me know, and if you want to bring something to munch on, let me know that as well so we can plan. Neuhaus Aricle In 1998, Richard John Neuhaus wrote an article which touches our discussion of Miracles. It was entitled “C. S. Lewis in the Public Square,” and you can read it here: . Neuhaus speculates how C. S. Lewis would write and speak for the Christian faith w

J. I. Packer Audio Lectures on the Church

The Covenant Theological Seminary website has two messages by J. I. Packer in MP3 format which were given in 1997 during one of the conferences hosted by the Francis Schaeffer Institute. You can find them here. Scroll down to the conference: Fall 1997 Francis Schaeffer Lecture Series ; Parts 2 & 3. In addition to summarising what the Bible says about the nature of the Church, he elaborates on Anglicanism.

World-view and the Anglican Tradition

Some of you, I’m sure, are already aware of Dr. Robert Crouse’s lecture at Regent College in 2002 called “The Essence of Anglicanism.” I have read it again and I want to enlarge briefly on his comments toward the end regarding our need to understand ourselves as moderns before we are able to interact with understanding, insight, and accuracy with the Anglican tradition and the Catholic church as a whole. It is easy enough to demonstrate from history that the Anglican Church is a particular tradition of the Catholic Church, which tradition is embodied in the Book of Common Prayer, the XXXIX Articles, and the Ordinal. Packer does a good job of this in his book “The Thirty-Nine Articles.” It is not, as Crouse reminds us, merely an agreement with the early Councils. If that were all it was, then there would be no reason for any differentiation between the Anglican Church and the Roman and Orthodox Churches – of course, there are Anglicans who pretty well work as if there wa

How good to have a parish with a sense of humour:

Thanks for the mug, Jim!

Thoughts on the Spiritual Life - XXV - H. C. G. Moule

Chapter VI, Part II [Phil. iv. 7], Concluded. Observe, as we pass on, the phraseology of the verse. It is that of promise. Sweet is the sound of “the peace of God” when uttered at the close of Sabbath worship; when spoken after the heavenly Communion Feast. But there it is a benediction, a holy invocation; here it is more, it is a promise; not “may it,” but “it shall.” Such a thing then as this peace of God there is, and is meant to be, in the experience not of some but of all watchful believers, of all who “stand in the Lord,” their strength. It is guaranteed to them. They are invited humbly to claim it, and to possess it, under the Covenant of peace. Yes, remember this, busy and burthened disciple; man or woman tried by uncertain health; immersed in secular duties; forced to a life of almost ceaseless publicity, social, ministerial, or however it may be. Here is written an assurance, a guarantee, that not at holy times and welcome intervals only, not only in

Morgan: Time for Classical Anglicans to Act

From Page 2, of the St. Luke’s Sentinel , September 2007, by The Rev. Victor Morgan, Rector of St. Luke's Episcopal (EMC). Time for classical Anglicans to act It is high time for classical Anglicans in the West – particularly in the United States – to stop whining and start acting. Waiting for a pure church to emerge or for the Primates of the Anglican Communion to come and fix things has lead some Churchmen into inertia. The Church on this shore does indeed need renewal, but where do we begin? Well, we must begin right where we are and with ourselves. Allow me to offer three preliminary suggestions: (1) Quit apologizing and get busy . Okay, there are a number ‘odd ducks’ and gross embarrassments out there. I am thinking in particular of certain bishops and other church leaders who regularly make outlandish statements to the media. For example, one bishop announced several years ago he no longer believed in a theistic being. Well, I am sure his ‘reve