Archive for January, 2012

The Evangelical Spirituality

ShareThe Evangelical Spirituality In my last blog I looked at the Anglo-Catholic spirituality and some of the ways in which it threatens a clear and coherent Anglican identity. This time, I’ll examine the Evangelical spirituality. Historically (until recent decades), Evangelical Anglicans have also been Prayer Book Anglicans. While some have been more “Low Church” than […]

January 19, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Friday of the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany – John 4:27-42

ShareJohn 4:27-42 “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.” If you’ve read the New Testament enough times, this saying may be familiar to you.  It may, regrettably, be so familiar to you that little meaning remains in it for you. But when Jesus says in […]

January 19, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany – John 4:15-26

ShareJohn 4:15-26 Imagine that you are living in the first century, before the advent of Jesus Christ.  You are a Jew, or a Samaritan, and you have the Old Testament and you believe it is the oracle of God.  And so you understand that God has promised a Messiah, as even the Samaritan woman at […]

January 18, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany – John 4:1-14

ShareJohn 4:1-14             Sometimes the most common things are the most special and holy. Take water.  Water is one of the most common substances found on earth.  Chemically, it’s a very simply one as well, composed only of 1 oxygen and 2 hydrogen atoms.  It comprises 70% of the surface of […]

January 17, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany – John 3:22-36

ShareJohn 3:22-36              “He must increase, but I must decrease.” This is a good verse to live by. Oh, it’s not likely to make anyone’s Top 100 verses, but I still think it’s pretty cool.  Isn’t this the essence of the Christian life: that He must increase, but I must decrease? […]

January 16, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Monday of the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany – John 3:14-21

ShareJohn 3:14-21 When did John 3:16 become the most famous verse in the Bible?  I’m not sure.  If you had to pick only one verse in the Bible to memorize, you probably couldn’t do better, although there are many others equally worthy. What I fear is that anyone would think that the verse is sufficient […]

January 15, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of 1st Sunday after Epiphany – John 3:1-13

ShareJohn 3:1-13 I am the one who comes by night; I am the one who comes. Forgive me for having the cowardice to come by night, but please remember that I am one that comes to see and learn. Some will deride me, saying, “He is a teacher of the law and should know all […]

January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Friday of the 1st Sunday in Epiphany – John 2:13-25

ShareJohn 2:13-25 I love the fact that Jesus cleansed the Temple, and especially the fact that He made a whip of cords and overturned the tables and drove out the money changers from the Temple.  This single passage does more than perhaps any other passage to drive out of the Church the false images of […]

January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Epiphany 1 – John 2:1-12

ShareJohn 2:1-12 As we proceed through the season of Epiphany this year, it’s good for us to rehearse the origin and themes of the season.  Epiphany comes from a Greek word which means to appear or reveal.  Epiphany is one of the earliest of Christian holy days and dates from the 2nd century in its […]

January 11, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Epiphany 1 – John 1:35-51

ShareJohn 1:35-51 In this morning’s seemingly quiet lesson I see a mountain filled with thunder and lightning and earthquakes, for in this morning’s lesson I see Jesus Christ calling men to Himself to be His disciples: I see the beginning of the New Covenant, and I see Satan fall like lightning from the sky. John […]

January 10, 2012 | 0 Comments More