Monday, September 15, 2014

Sacred, spiritual and sermonic links - Monday 15 September 2014

1. The bells of Merton College, Oxford - BBC Radio 4

2. Choral Evensong from Hereford Cathedral - BBC Radio 3

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

4. Sunday Hour - BBC Radio 2

5. Archived choral services from the chapels of King's College Cambridge
and St John's College, Cambridge

6. Let the Children Come - Bishop Rennis Ponniah - St Andrew's Singapore Audio [Matthew 19 and Proverbs 2]

7. I Need More Proof - Tom Custance - St Helen's Audio [1 Corinthians 15:1-22]

8. The Book of Micah - Bishop Rennis Ponniah's 3 part Bible exposition - St Andrew's Singapore Audio

Please pray for Christians and all facing persecution and crime in Iraq; for the persecuted church and in particular in the Middle East, Nigeria, Egypt and Pakistan; for peace in Ukraine, Israel and Gaza; for wisdom in dealing with the Ebola outbreak in Africa and for the Diocese of South Carolina.

9. Iraq Region:
The Trauma is Indescribable TGC interview
more Media Reports from FRRME

10. Topical Prayers - Church of England
Prayers against Ebola - Lent and Beyond
Nigeria: Villagers told: convert or die - Release Intl
Egypt: Egyptian fire crew in no hurry to put out church fire – WWM
Pakistan and Iran: 55 Christians accused of ‘blasphemy’ after graveyard row - Release Intl
South Carolina: Bishop Lawrence Calls for Fasting and Praying for the Persecuted Church September 14-15

11. Sunday Programme - current affairs with Edward Stourton - BBC Radio 4

12. Food for thought
National day of prayer for Scottish referendum - Christian Today
It’s because we don’t believe in God - Sam Norton
Imam in Residence program at Calgary’s St. Martin’s Anglican Church - Calgary Herald
Why we must fight ISIS with more than missiles - Thomas Farr - First Things
The hardest prayer: why it's time to #prayforISIS - Christian Today

13. Not Enough Evidence?- St Helen's Vimeo [see #7 above for more]

14. Land of Hope and Glory - BBC Proms 2014

15. Earth images from Alexander Gerst – ESA


Father Ron Smith said...

It's still early Monday morning here on the Bay in San Francisco, so I feel I can still make a comment, Peter, under this heading. On holiday, one has a bit more freedom to blog.

I was struck on reading your side-bar link to Steve Bells' article on the lack of a Muslim Reformation. However, it would appear that - for Steve anyway - there is a delicate movement being made today, mostly among Muslim intellectuals, towards a revolution of humanitarian objectives by some moderns.

Like with our Christian Reformation, it would appear that there is some sort of prospect of a hermeneutical revision of the static understanding of the Qoran - hitherto unheard of in the Muslim world.

I guess, if one believes that the Holy Spirit might still be working among the Islamic descendants of Abram, then such a thing as Muslim Reformation could also be underway - helping Muslims to a more humane understanding of God at work in their world.

If, as Steve suggests, the current violent upheaval in Islam might be a sign of the devolution of traditional Islam {like a ball of fire being doused by a mighty flood, perhaps}, then there may arise a more eirenic Faith movement - centred on the kenotic action of the Incarnate Son of God, as the focus of a new movement on the Holy Spirit 'upon ALL flesh'.

Might this not then help to bring about the 'new heaven and the new earth' that has already been prophesied?

Peter Carrell said...

Perhaps, Ron, but our prayer must be that Muslims come to faith in Jesus as God's Son.