Monday, February 2, 2015

Spiritual and Sacred Links - Monday 2 February 2015


A lovely, stimulating and thoughtful interview of Rosaria Butterfield is on YouTube here. Why should you watch this? Well, tune in for the first few minutes and see whether you want to watch the rest!

From a UK colleague:

#1 If you click any link at all this week watch this one, a new film from Moving Works about the ministry of Pastor LaPel to Comrade Duch who was the only Khmer Rouge leader to be convicted from his own admission after converting to Christianity, but be warned, the testimony is graphic, but the story important and heartening. #2 Vaughan Roberts on witness under persecution; 3-5 Os Guinness, Justin Terry and Bishop Nazir-Ali were all preaching in South Carolina after the Mere Anglicanism Conference last week. #6-8 commentary on the lectionary readings from Stephen Trott and Peter Carrell, and Andrew Goddard's New Testament in a year moves on to Peter's first Letter; #10 Sunday worship from Lisburn Cathedral and 11-12 two Epiphany carol services; #16 much to pray about, particularly for Christians under persecution; #18 persecution, the holocaust and ministry to think about with reflections from Johnny Patterson, David Virtue, Bishop Graham Kings and soon to be bishop Philip North and some remarkable stories and pictures from Reuters from Auschwitz survivors; #19 three organisations have put up websites encouraging Christians in the UK to engage with politics and the upcoming 2015 general election.

1. The Foremost - A film about Pastor Christopher LaPel and Khmer Rouge leader Comrade Duch coming to Christ - MovingWorks [Warning: graphic images and testimony from the killing fields, but well worth watching if you can]

2. Peter at the Sanheddrin - Vaughan Roberts - St Ebbe's Oxford Audio [Acts 4:8-12]

3. Serving God's Purpose in our Generation - Os Guinness - St Michael's Charleston Audio

4. Living with Your Back to the Audience - Dean Justin Terry - St Paul's Sommerville Audio

5. In the Beginning - Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali - St Helena's Beaufort Audio

Commentary for Sunday 1st February
6. The Sunday Readings - Rev Stephen Trott

7. Preaching Ideas and Commentary - Rev Peter Carrell

8. Reading 1 Peter 1-5 - 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]

9. The bells of St Mary Magdalene, Chewton Mendip in Somerset - BBC Radio 4

10. Sunday Worship from Lisburn Cathedral, Antrim, NI - BBC Radio 4

11. Epiphany Carol Service from St John's College, Cambridge

12. An Archive Recording of a Service for Epiphany, first broadcast in January 2009 from All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London with the Choir of King's College, London - BBC Radio 3

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

14. Sunday Hour - BBC Radio 2

15. Choral services from the chapels of King's College Cambridge
and St John's College, Cambridge
and Trinity College, Cambridge
and New College, Oxford

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, Iran, Malaysia, Egypt and Burma; for peace in Ukraine, Israel and Gaza; and for the Diocese of South Carolina.

16. Topical Prayers - Church of England
Nigeria: Nigeria elections put Christians in danger of more Muslim attacks - Washington Times
Iran: One believer released, another re-imprisoned - Middle East Concern
Saeed Abedini to Obama: 'You have my prayers from inside these walls' - Christian Today
Obama to Imprisoned Pastor's Wife: Saving Saeed Abedini in Iran Is 'a Top Priority' - Christianity Today
Malaysia: Anglican Archbishop: ‘Allah’ ruling has far-reaching effects - Borneo Post
Egypt: Bureaucratic delays put Egyptian convert's appeal at risk - WWM
Libya: Libyan militants hold 20 Egyptian Christians hostage - WWM
Burma: Chin State government orders removal of cross, elder prosecuted - CSW
Burma's religious conversion bill is "major setback for religious freedom and human rights" - CSW
South Carolina: Prayers from Lent and Beyond

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

Food for thought
18. The Challenge of Religious Persecution - Johnny Patterson
I Remember Auschwitz - David Virtue
Auschwitz Survivors Stories 70 Years On - Reuters
I'll defend LRA killer, says Anglican bishop - Christian Today
English Monk Who Encouraged the Ministry of Women - Bishop Graham Kings
Do Not Be Afraid - Philip North
The Government is using British Values to Destroy British Values - David Robertson
Methodists find £172 million down the back of the sofa - Christian Today
YWAM Missionaries Won’t Be Deported over Visa Issue - Christianity Today
The Interesting Life of T. S. Eliot - Interesting Literature

Christians and Politics
19. 2015 Election: How Christians can get involved - Christian Today
Does religion count at the ballot box? - EA
Evangelical Alliance launches election website - EA
Election 2015 - Evangelical Alliance website
Engage15 - CARE website
Show Up - Christians in Politics website

20. What does the Bible say about work? - LICC

21. Nunc Dimittis in B minor - T. Tertius Noble - Somerville Choir

22. No Longer Slaves - Jonathan David & Melissa Helser

God bless you

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