In the midst of all the troublesome stuff in the news, I've been meditating on the kingship of Christ. There is a man, who is just as much a man as any other head of state alive today, that sits on the throne of the universe. All these other people in their various offices who struggle with serving the country or serving themselves are all answerable, right now, to this King. They themselves live in this monarchy! And someday they will answer for what they have done with the positions that have been given to them. The kingship of Christ is not a merely spiritual truth. It is a historic fact. All the nations of all the earth, whatever they may think of themselves, are literally subordinate to the divine monarchy. This king is daily active - in office - ruling over the affairs of mankind, directing them according to His Father's will. When the King was with us, he spoke of his kingdom in spiritual terms: "the kingdom of God is within you." This is still true today. Y
A new periodical is coming out for orthodox Anglicans called The North American Anglican . I have written an article for the periodical, and you may read it on their website . It is about the importance of biblical, expository preaching for the renewal of Anglicanism. In the midst of all the reorganizing, realligning, and attempts at continuing former programs under new auspices, little is being done to renew the Anglican pulpits in our country. We can little hope for real, lasting renewal without it.
By Phillips Brooks on 2 Cor. i. 3,4: The desire for comfort may be a very high or a very low, a noble or a most ignoble wish. It is like the love of life, the wish to keep on living, which may be full of courage and patience, or may be nothing but a cowardly fear of death. We know what kind of comfort it must have been that St. Paul prayed for, and for which he was thankful when it came. We have all probably desired comfort which he would have scorned, and prayed to God in tones which he would have counted unworthy alike of God and of himself. And the difference in the way in which people ask comfort of God, no doubt, depends very largely upon the reason why they ask it, upon what it is that makes them wish that God would take away their pain and comfort them. The nobleness of actions, we all know, depends more upon the reasons why we do them than on the acts themselves. Very few acts are so essentially noble that they may not be done for an ignoble reason, and so become ignoble.