Category: Reading

From my Quiet Time today

[Jesus says] I am the hope of the hopeless, the helper of those who have no helper, the treasure of those in need, the physician of the sick, the resurrection of the dead.
– Epistle of the Apostles, circa 150.
So much of Church Army ministry is helping people to discover the Jesus who reaches out to them.

From my current reading

I don’t know about your theology of miracles. I don’t know if you take the miracle stories as literal, symbolic, or “myths of a bygone era.” I think it would be very difficult to explain the impact of Jesus on his disciples and on the crowds had he not performed many miracles, signs, and wonders.

Uwe C. Sharp in The Pastor’s Bible Study volume 4

I couldn’t agree more!

A thought from my current reading

It is the basic task of the church to ensure that in each generation the call of the Gospel can be heard clearly, and purely, and that the church communion itself is an accurate, living, and gracious icon of Christ, acting to attract men and women to the Lord of Love.

John Anthony McGuckin: The Orthodox Church

What I’m reading at the moment

Since I’m not preaching next Sunday I have taken the opportunity to start my Advent book early. I always try to read something special during Advent just as in Lent, and this year I am reading “The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to the History, doctrine and Spiritual Culture” by Father John Anthony McGuckin. Often, of course, as you read there are passages which resonate. I’ve just read in the introduction that the Orthodox Church is:

A full-blooded community of the faithful who have their feet planted firmly in the earth, and their eyes raised joyfully to heaven.

That, surely, should be true of all Christians, and it stuck me that our worship should help us to achieve that – it should help us to raise our eyes joyfully to heaven and then, when we go in peace to love and serve the Lord it should have prepared us to live as a Christian community with  our feet planted firmly in the earth.