Archive for June, 2013

From John Hunt’s blog: The Indigenous American Religion

June 27, 2013

Below is the link to an essay by John Hunt that I found to be both stimulating and challenging.

Part of the myth of contemporary American Christianity is that ours was always a Christian nation, and that strong Christian homes coupled with strong Christian congregations should have produced generation after generation of Christian young people. Thus when we find that increasingly large numbers of people are not recognizably Christian then we think it must be a failure of either home or church to raise Christian children into Christian adults.

This fails to understand what evangelists from before the American Revolution have seen clearly – that ours was never a converted nation. And because of this it greatly underestimates the countless ways in which a moralistic therapeutic deist society promulgates its faith, only one of which is through careless preaching and conformist Sunday School lessons.


The Indigenous American Religion.


Collect for St. John Baptist

June 25, 2013

ALMIGHTY God, by whose providence thy servant John Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of thy Son our Saviour by preaching repentance;* Make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and after his example constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake; through† Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Anglican Articles on the Sufficiency of Scripture, the Old Testament, and the Creeds

June 23, 2013

The monumental adult ed class at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Little Rock continues with some insight on Articles VI, VII and VIII. This class represents one of the final public functions for Associate Pastor Sam Murrell. He is going to be sadly missed, especially by me in the next few weeks as I present original sin, justification, predestination, election, and works of supererogation. You can hear today’s (June 23, 2013) at this link, When I get the handout, I will also post that.

The Anglican 39 Articles of Religion begin with the Doctrine of God

June 16, 2013

This is the second week of the adult education class being conducted at St. Andrews Anglican in Little Rock, Arkansas by me and Rev. Sam Murrell. Today (Sunday June 16, 2013), Sam preached so I carried the heavy load of explaining Articles I – IV. This is not a systematic theology and not comprehensive. The purpose of these Articles is to connect the Church of England to the ecumenical councils of the fourth and fifth centuries (Nicaea 325 AD, Constantinople 381 AD, Chalcedon 451 AD). It is technical stuff, so I stayed close to my notes. HO WK 2 39 Articles is the handout. You can listen here and your reaction is very welcome.

39 Articles of Religion: some necessary background #Anglican #christianed

June 9, 2013

Today (June 9,2013) begins a 10-week series on the 39 Articles of Religion. Traditional Anglicans continue to uphold the doctrinal standard and many require subscription from clergy, teachers, and leaders. Rev. Sam Murrell of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Little Rock, Arkansas and I (Patrick Lynch) are team teaching this class. Here is a link to the class schedule REV-HO-Articles class schedule.

You may listen online by following this link. Your reactions are certainly invited. Leave a comment!

Lazarus and the Rich Man: separated by a gulf that may never be crossed

June 3, 2013

Those who follow the traditional Eucharistic lectionary hear one of my favorite parables on the first Sunday after Trinity. Jesus is using a common perception of the afterlife in his depiction of the eternal fates of two very close but widely separated men. The next life, as understood by first century Jews, includes an enormous chasm between the blessed and the condemned. The bad people suffer in the flames of eternal torment. This is a parable and you cannot prove the existence of and ever-burning hell from this passage, but it would certainly seem that, if the commonly held idea was seriously wrong, Jesus would have corrected it.

Jesus had recently been taking some flack from the Pharisees because of his penetrating comments about the wealthy. Of course, Jesus is not set against rich folks because they are rich. It is the hardness of heart and the neglect of one’s neighbors that is so offensive. The parable begins with a beautiful serving of the finest melodious prose.

“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. (Luke 16:19-21, ESV)

Scripture has a habit of withholding certain pieces of information, as is the case of Luke’s “rich man.” The suffering man is known by name. It is not laziness that brings poor Lazarus to the rich man’s gate to beg droppings from the continuous feasting. Too physically weak to bring himself to the gate, he is laid there. Perhaps it is friends or strangers who allow their lives to experience a few moments of inconvenience. Again, we have no idea. We know that the feeble man is covered with sores. He is a social outcast. These dogs who lick his wounded body are not your cute little house pets, but vicious roaming packs. The life of Lazarus is a daily ordeal of humiliation,fear and pain.
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Collect for the First Sunday after Trinity

June 2, 2013

O GOD, the strength of all those who put their trust in thee; Mercifully accept our prayers; and because, through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments we may please thee, both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.