Weekly Round-up, 4/1/2017

Happy weekend dear friends,

I wanted to let everyone know I’m moving to Africa to be a missionary, so I’ll be disappearing from internet presence for awhile.

 

April Fools!

Since I’m half French Canadian, here’s a video of some fish. I guess this is a French Canadian thing because they call it poissons d’avril, or April’s Fish. The video is two hours long. Enjoy, if you want to relax and watch fish for two hours.

Life has been a little crazy here in the mountains as I try and figure things out and get a stable pattern and habit of life. I’ve started a Facebook page that will allow me to promote the Morning Prayer podcast that I have been doing a little more easily and to promote this blog as well. So, if you’re on Facebook and you’ve found this blog to be a blessing, please consider sharing it with your friends.

Here are a few things for your enjoyment.

Black Churches and the Benedict Option

I came across this article the other day and found it intriguing. I still don’t have enough of a formed opinion about the Benedict Option nor have I shared in the experiences of the African American Church, so I don’t think I can form a rebuttal or reaction. However, I do believe that it is worth reading and listening to their witness. Having spent most of my ministry life in churches that are relatively diverse, I took that make-up of churches for granted. I realize this isn’t as typical as I assumed and I’m very interested in how race plays into our expression of faith. It’s worth a read.

Catholics and Anglicans

I stumbled across this article the other day, it’s a brief but interesting analysis of why Catholics often become Anglicans. I was turned off at first, but then I realized where he was going. The author’s argument is that many English Roman Catholics become Anglican not because of the liberalism of some of the English Anglican churches but because they are attracted by its evangelical nature of many of the English churches.

I grew up attending a Roman Catholic Church when I became a professing Christian, verse simply a nominal one I continued to participate in the Roman church. Often I would also attend other churches, craving a deeper Biblical teaching than I was getting. I eventually discovered traditional Anglicanism. While some Anglican Churches lack this evangelical fervor, I have found that every church I’ve served has a deep hunger to learn and grow in the gospel. The author’s ending statement is powerful for any church: “We have got a lot to learn from them (evangelical Anglicans): their dedication, their sound adherence to the Creeds and the Bible, their strong moral positions, their pastoral planning and methodology, their deep personal faith, all these have much to recommend them.”

Two Videos to make you laughor cry

These are satire, but maybe there’s a little more truth in them than we’d care to admit. If anyone is a fan of “House Hunters,” meet John Crist’s Church Hunters. It’s pretty amusing. However, a friend ask, “how should we find a church?” I think the answer is pretty simple, look for a church in your community that preaches the gospel, maintains the orthodox faith, provides the sacraments regularly (weekly or monthly – I think weekly is best, but there are good churches for various reason that can’t do this), and provides a fellowship of faithful. These things are what builds the Christian. The church isn’t an entertainment machine to be consumed, but a living organism that has members that encourage one another.

Beate Not the Poore Desk

Beate Not the Poore Desk

Finally, I finished Beate not the Poore Desk by Walter Wangerin, Jr. It is something of an instruction manual for young writers. I commend it to anyone who wants to be a writer, professionally or for fun. He has some good, practical advice, some of which I am trying to incorporate into my own life and work. If you just like reading, you can probably skip reading this book.

Be well my dear friends.

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