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The inspiration of the rest of the NT

It may be easy to see how the Gospels are "inspired," but what about the rest of the New Testament?  Article VI of the XXXIX Articles states: VI. Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation . Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the Holy Scripture we do understand those canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church. ... All the Books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive, and account them Canonical. So what's the rationale for this? Apostolic authority, for one thing. Jesus promised that the Spirit would bring all things to the disciples's remembrance. John 14:25,26 25 “These things I have spoken to you while being prese

Wendell Berry's Divine Comedy?

I just finished Jaber Crow .  Berry says the book is about heaven.  And then he says it's about hell.  His main character, Jaber, one day sees a young girl passing by, avidly talking with her friends, and he is stirred by her beauty.  Toward the end of the story, she is his companion - and even guide at points - in the midst of a patch of woods that is like heaven.  The more I think of the story, the more parallels I see with Dante's Comedia .  This means I need to read it again! Jaber Crow is another example of how the great stories can be set in many times and places.  Great themes can be found in our lives, if we look for them.  How much more the Greatest Story of all? [image: ]

Prayer in the dark

Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.   Lord, we must believe that you are here and more present than all our circumstances combined; more present and determining than any disturbing imagination, any decision we make, any action we take. You are God. You do not fail your own. We are your very flesh and bones, and loved as such (Eph. 5:30). Fill us with thanksgiving and expectancy as we walk in your ways of delight. Father, You have already solved every problem we face.  We simply need to walk forward into your solutions, with you.  Your rod and your staff comfort us. Restore our souls.

The Next Right Thing: Get it!

If you are struggling with decision-making - as I often do - you've got to get this book.  I cannot recommend it enough.  Find it here on Amazon .  Yes, it's written more for ladies, but I'm finding it helpful.  :-)  Her website is here:  .

Bishop Meade book now available

Some time ago, I posted on this blog various chapters from an old pamphlet by The Rt. Rev. William Meade (See Index in the sidebar: "Meade").  I have collected the whole pamphlet with a little more material and published it as a book.  You can find it here on Amazon .

Back here again

Folks, as of this St. George's Day of 2019, I've decided to come back here to do my blogging.  I also blog at the website of the C. S. Lewis Foundation .  You can go there to find my posts on the book How To Pray , by C. S. Lewis - if you had been keeping up with those.  There will eventually be posts for all 18 chapters. I hope you are having a blessed Easter season.  Further up, and further in! David