Archive for August, 2011

Wednesday of Trinity 10

ShareLuke 20:9-26 The parable of the wicked vinedressers is a parable that Jesus spoke primarily to the Jews.  They are the ones who were given God’s vineyard and told to keep it.  They were the ones who had God’s servants the prophets sent to them so that they might be reminded to bear fruit, and […]

August 31, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 10

ShareLuke 19:47-20:8 Who is Jesus Christ? Careful!  The way you answer this question determines everything else in life: it’s important to get it right. The chief priest and scribes in Luke 20 get it wrong.  Very wrong.  “Who is he who gave you this authority?” they ask.  And they should know.  It should be clear […]

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Monday of Trinity 10

ShareLuke 19:29-40 The appropriate response to being in the presence of Jesus is joy and praise.  Both of these things are needed, and both are present whenever Jesus is present and is received with faith. It seems odd to be reading about the Triumphal Entry of Jesus on Palm Sunday at the end of summer, […]

August 29, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Ancient Christian Devotional – Oden

SharePray and Read with the Early Church Christian devotional books are a dime a dozen.  The market is flooded with new releases every year, most of which are average at best and ultimately ephemeral.  This one is different.  Instead of focusing on the contemporary and that which is passing away, the “Ancient Christian Devotional” helps […]

August 27, 2011 | 2 Comments More

Acts of Faith

ShareThe Single Best Book on the Sociology of Religion Acts of Faith represents the culmination of more than 30 years of research in the sociology of religion by Rodney Stark (and also Roger Finke).  It is Stark’s magnum opus, putting together in one place the distillation of all of his important research, and is the […]

August 27, 2011 | 4 Comments More

A Year With God by Richard Foster

Share Good, But Not As Connected to The Bible As It Should Have Been. Richard Foster has for many years helped build up the lives of Christians with his work, especially, on the spiritual disciplines.  I’ve been reading The Spiritual Formation Bible and enjoying it.  “A Year With God” is another in a series of […]

August 27, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 9

ShareLuke 19:11-28 Jesus is a persistent Master, isn’t He?  Didn’t He just finish teaching us in Luke 16:1-13 that we should be faithful with our money and gifts and to give an account of our stewardship?  And then in Luke 16:19-31 He told us about the rich man who had not been faithful with the […]

August 27, 2011 | 0 Comments More

I Can Name That Tune in 2 Notes

ShareI don’t know if any of you ever watched an old TV show called “Name That Tune,” but it was a show in which people bid to see how few notes they could identify a song in. If someone could name a song with only 3 notes that was pretty good. But 2 notes? That […]

August 27, 2011 | 3 Comments More

The 2 Word Definition of Anglicanism

ShareI’m often asked the question, “What is Anglicanism?” To which I respond: “Do you want the 1 long sentence answer, the 1 paragraph answer, the 1 page answer, or my Ph.D. thesis? Later in this post, I’m going to give you the 2 word definition of Anglicanism. Avoiding having to answer the question of what […]

August 27, 2011 | 10 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 9

ShareLuke 19:1-10 There have been a lot of famous short men throughout history.  Napoleon was only 5’ 2”, and James Madison, Moe, Larry, and Curly were all only 5’ 4”.  On behalf of short men everywhere who are below the statistical average of 5’ 10” in the U.S., I am proud to say I’m a […]

August 26, 2011 | 0 Comments More