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The Bishop's Hymns - VI

Ridley Hall Chapel “On Him: From Him: By Him.” Hail , glorious Head of all Thine own, Our equal cause of peace and power! Thou for our sins didst once atone, Thou art our life of life this hour. On Thee were our transgressions laid, On Thee the Law’s pure lightnings shed; The members’ debt of doom was paid By unknown sufferings of the Head. And now in toil, temptation, strife, Still from their Head’s exhaustless well The members draw new streams of life, The world, the flesh, the fiend to quell. Deep through the springs of mind and soul Thee the great Comforter inspires; Thy sovereign thoughts our thought control, Thy love our love divinely fires. To know, to do the Head’s commands – For this the Body lives and grows: All speed of feet and skill of hands For Thee is spent, and from Thee flows. Then, Lord, in strong communion still Oh, faster bind us to be free; Thou working out by us Thy will, We working out Th

Mere Christian

The source of C. S. Lewis' phrase "mere Christianity," according to Walter Hooper: "You know not of what Party I am of, nor what to call me; I am sorrier for you n this than for my self; if you know not, I will tell you, I am a CHRISTIAN, a MEER CHRISTIAN, of no other Religion; and the Church that I am of is the Christian Church, and hath been visible where ever the Christian Religion and Church hath been visible: But must you know of what Sect or Party I am of? I am against all Sects and dividing Parties: But if any will call Meer Christian by the name of Party , because they take up with meer Christianity , Creed, and Scripture , and will not be of any dividing or contentious Sect, I am of that Party which is so against Parties: If the name CHRISTIAN be not enough, call me a CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN; not as that word signifieth an hereticating majority of Bishops, but as it signifieth one that hath no Religion, but that which by Christ and the Apostles was left to the

Important words from Bishop Iker

"It is for this reason that I have given my support to the initiative of the Common Cause Partnership in forming a new Province, the Anglican Church in North America. Though we have our continuing differences over the issue of the ordination of women, Bishop Duncan and the CCP lead bishops have given assurances that there will be no women bishops in the new Province and that the historic, traditional theological position on this matter will be protected, respected and welcomed. Anglo-catholic participants, while grateful for this attitude, have called for a thorough theological and biblical study of the issue of the ordination of women as a top priority in the new province. It must give due consideration to the reality that the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, which together comprise over 80% of the world's Christians, have already spoken on this issue and that unilateral actions on our part have already seriously damaged ecumenical relations for the future. Are

Romans 12:1-4 - First Sunday After Epiphany

A lot of us western Christians approach Christianity like we approach a subject at school. Indeed, in many of our churches, what is called a worship service can be little different from the college lecture hall, save that there are a number of hymns or other songs sung by way of introduction. We believe that our sole duty is right thinking and the acquisition of Bible knowledge; that if we walk around with the right notions in our heads, we are serving God. We may read the verses in our Epistle today, for example, about being kind-hearted toward one another and think, "Well, that makes very good sense and I agree with it," but go on being anything but kind-hearted. The apostle Paul in Romans 12:1-4 has a different view. For Paul, the Christian life is not something academic; it is a sacrifice to God. Having presented to the Romans the wonderful work of Jesus Christ on our behalf in chapters 1-11, he begins chapter 12 with the words: I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, b