Monday, January 19, 2015

Spiritual and sacred links for Monday 19 January 2015

Back to work ... back to blogging ... not quite over the holiday mood (for overseas readers, NZ is basking in summer sunshine and heat which is not quite a heatwave, the dark side of which is areas (such as as Canterbury where I live) experiencing drought which could imperil our agirculturally based economy ... incidentally, to all climate change sceptics out there, I notice last year was the hottest on record ... I guess we could all fry to death while disbelieving in both climate change and hell, the perfect storm of secular atheistic thinking ....

Enough of the provocateur, here are the links

1. Listening to God [Luke 10:38-42] - William Taylor - St Helen's Bishopsgate Video and Audio

2. Where are you going? [Matthew 2:1-12] - Dr Kendall Harmon

3. Kingdom Come: You and Me [Mark 1:14-20] - Archie Coates - St Peter's Brighton Audio

4. Legalism is not enough [Matthew 5:17-26] - Andrew Wingfield Digby - St Andrew's Oxford Audio

Commentary for Sunday 18th January
5. The Sunday Readings - Rev Stephen Trott

6. Preaching Ideas and Commentary - Rev Peter Carrell

7. Reading Mark 6-10 - Read the New Testament in a year with Rev Andrew Goddard
[and follow the links on the drop down menu Reading NT for other resources]

8. The bells of St Matthew's, Stretford near Manchester - BBC Radio 4

9. Choral Evensong from Christ Church Oxford - BBC Radio 3

10. Sunday Holy Communion livestreamed from St Helena's Church, Beaufort, South Carolina at 10:15 am Eastern Time, 3:15 pm London Time

11. Choral Evensong from Trinity College, Cambridge live at 6:15 pm GMT Sunday [1:15 pm Eastern]
[and afterwards podcasted at the link below]

12. Sunday Hour - BBC Radio 2

13. Archived Choral services during the holidays from the chapels of King's College Cambridge
and St John's College, Cambridge
and Trinity College, Cambridge

Please pray for the Ebola Crisis and for those working for a cure; for Christians and all facing persecution and crime in Syria and Iraq including refugees facing winter and hunger; for the persecuted church and in particular in Nigeria, Niger, Iran; for peace in France, Ukraine, Israel and Gaza; for St Michael's, Heliopolis in Egypt and for the Diocese of South Carolina.

14. Topical Prayers - Church of England
Egypt: Request for prayer: Tragedy Strikes Sudanese Congregation of St. Michael’s Church in Heliopolis
Nigeria: Boko Haram massacre: Satellite images show Nigerian town of Baga 'wiped off the map' - ABC Religion
Primate Okoh solicits for united effort to fight Boko Haram Insurgency - CoN[AC]
Niger: Churches burned down over anti-Charlie Hebdo demonstration in Niger – WWM
Syria region: Jordan's Syrian refugees living in dire poverty - UN - Christian Today
Iran: Christmas arrests in Iran: 11 still detained – WWM
Iranian Christian released from prison, pastor given additional one-year sentence – CSW
South Carolina: Prayers from Lent and Beyond

15. Sunday Programme - with Edward Stourton - BBC Radio 4

Food for thought
16. Church of England: Go Forth and Multiply – Economist
How I almost lost the Bible - Gregory Thornbury - Christianity Today
You're not too busy to read the Bible - Jen Pollock Michel - Christianity Today
Blogging, campaigning and the General Election - Law and Religion
Engage 2015 for the Rugby World Cup in September

17. Rejoice in the Lord Alway - Purcell - Sydney Sussex Choir

18. Light Up The World - Desperation Band


liturgy said...

Good to see you back in the blogsphere, Peter! Looking forward to insightful posts. God bless your mission and ministry on the web.

Like you, I am concerned about our summer being yet another pointer to climate change - but I'm not as quick to point the finger at atheists. Christians, especially those who can't be bothered with this planet because they are so certain Jesus will return soon, and/or who have a particular reading of Genesis texts, are, IMO, equally, and often more responsible for the human contribution to climate change than secular atheists.



Peter Carrell said...

Hi Bosco
I did not mean to point the finger at atheists per se re climate change denial which is an "equal opportunity" phenomenon between atheists and theists!

And, of course, there are theists who deny that hell exists!

Father Ron Smith said...

There are also, Peter, amongst us, those theists who think that Hell might already be experienced here on earth! We may not have to wait till death for the experience!

Welcome back to the blogosphere! Agape!

Father Ron Smith said...

Peter, this heart was 'strangely moved' by your last link on this post. While staunchly Anglo-Catholic, I am also 'pentecostal enough to believe that our hearts can be stirred by the likes of this so obviously heart-felt musical tribute to God's Little Poor Ones. I hope everyone looking in today will click on this excellent link! Agape.

Pageantmaster said...

Amen, Father Ron:

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise - Psalm 51:17

Lord, break our hearts for what breaks yours.

Welcome back Peter+

MichaelA said...

Bosco, you appear to be assuming that climate change is human influenced.

Some of do not accept that, not because of any theological position, but because we are rational creatures, i.e. we think there is plenty of reason to believe otherwise.

liturgy said...

Yes, MichaelA, it makes perfect sense to me that people who write sentences like, “Some of do not accept that…” do not accept that.



MichaelA said...

Hi Bosco, I think you may have stopped reading my post after "some of [us] do not accept that", and missed the bit about reasons.

I will explain again: I took issue with your assumption that Christians who disagree with the idea of Human-Influenced Climate Change do so on the basis of theology. Therefore I pointed out to you that there are some of us (many I suspect) who don't accept that climate change is human induced, because we consider that idea to be irrational and unscientific. We consider that climate change happens all the time, and that what has been observed in recent decades is fairly mild compared to what has happened over e.g. the last 800 years, and it has nothing to do with human activity.