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    Mere Anglicanism 2011

    The 2011 Mere Anglicanism conference this year is held in thanksgiving for the faithful witness of Bishop C. FitzSimons Allison to the Word of God’s Grace. It will be held at St. Philip’s Church in Charleston S.C. January 20-23. Some of Mockingbird’s favorite theologians will be speaking at the conference. Here is the Morning Prayer […]

    Mere Anglicanism Conference 2011 Homilist Jim Nestingen

    “That’s how the old sinner in us dies. God kills the old you each day with kindness. The God of grace keeps showering you with promises and gifts until finally the old you just plain dies of it. It happens as the Spirit working through the Word enables you to say, ” I don’t have […]

    The Work of the Gospel

    “The Gospel blocks the way of all self-devised efforts to gain holiness. It deprives man of his self-confidence and of the idea that he has a rightful claim on God. Instead it proclaims through Word and Sacrament a free promise of grace which has been made available by an act of God, and which gives fully and completely (rotunde et universaliter) what could never be attained by self-devised methods.” (page 76)

    Koeberle, The Quest for Holiness


     Same as it ever was…

    1. This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)- Speaking in Tongues
    2. Houses in Motion- Remain in Light
    3. (Nothing But) Flowers- Naked
    4. And She Was- Little Creatures
    5. Swamp- Stop Making Sense (Live)
    6. Wild, Wild Life –True Stories
    7. Girlfriend Is Better- Speaking in Tongues
    8. People Like Us- True Stories
    9. Papa Legba- True Stories
    10. Road to Nowhere –Little Creatures

    Rusty Hearts

    “But sir, if you do not give your heart to Jesus, you cannot be saved.”- The young pastor “You are right, my boy. And it is just as true that, if you think you are saved because you give Jesus your heart, you will not be saved. You see, my boy,” he continued reassuringly, as […]

    Barth on God’s Promise

    “God says to us: ‘Since I am the living God who is near and who is one, almighty, holy and merciful, I will be your God. I will care for you. I will carry you in my eternal thoughts…For you I will be your God, for you as you are, ridden with anxiety, worries and […]

    The Conscience, the Law, and Christ

    “The law of the Ten Commandments has no power to accuse and frighten the conscience in which Jesus Christ reigns by his grace, for he has abolished its power. Not that the conscience does not feel the terrors of the law, but the commandments cannot condemn it or reduce it to despair (Romans 8:28; John […]

    The Problem of Moralism According to Alister McGrath

    “Christ is the supreme human example, who evinces an authentically human lifestyle which we are alleged to be capable of imitating. Such a view is not merely adequate as an exposition of the significance of Jesus Christ, but is unrealistic in its estimation of the capacities and inclinations of human nature. It is an ethic […]

    FREEDOM (part 2): Chrysostom

    “God allowed His Son to suffer as if a condemned sinner, so that we might be delivered from the penalty of our sins. This is God’s righteousness, that we are not justified by works (for then they would have to be perfect, which is impossible), but by grace, in which case all our sin is removed.” (John Chrysostom, Homilies on the Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians)

    Steely Dan and the Heart

    1970’s Steely Dan had very much to say about addiction. In fact, it could be argued that their song “Do it again” gives a clear picture of corrupted human nature. The human heart is always after something, informing the mind to justify the object of its selfish desire. Jesus made a profound statement about the […]

    FREEDOM (Part 1): Luther

    For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Gal. 5:1) This the freedom with which Christ has set us free, not from some human slavery of tyrannical authority but from the eternal wrath of God. Where? In the conscience. This is where our […]

    Gustaf Wingren on Vocation, Good Works, And Sanctification

    “In heaven, before God, vocation has as little to contribute as do good works. Good works and vocation (love) exist for the earth and one’s neighbor, not for eternity and God. God does not need our good works, but our neighbor does. It is faith that God wants.”