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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

New Anglican Ministries in Jackson & Vicksburg
From Holy Apostles Anglican Church's Ministries page:


1. The Church of Christ the Savior has been established in the West Jackson area. Father Art and a number of local African nationals have banded together to found and incorporate this new congregation. As they minister to the Africans working and studying in the Jackson area, they are also ministering with and to the African-American population of West Jackson.

2. The Rev. Rip and Susan Hoxie have established Siloam Ministries in Vicksburg. The Hoxies "new" 150-year-old home near downtown Vicksburg is home base to this ministry for healing. A chapter of the Order of St. Luke is being formed by them to facilitate this work.
More here.

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Monday, May 29, 2006

Denver Programs
Denver Seminary
- Chaplaincy Training Center
- relationship with Anglican Mission in America

Iliff / University of Denver Joint PhD Program
- concentration in religion & psychological studies: emphasis in pastoral theology & counseling

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Swords —> Plowshares
or Guns —> Tree of Life, as the case may be:

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Peter Rabbit Trails
From the commissioning exhortation given Sunday by my former professor and pastor, Peter Leithart, to my old chum and colleague, Toby Sumpter:

To put it simply, ordination is a call to death. In the Old Testament, worshipers laid a hand on an animal just before they slaughtered it for sacrifice. Israel laid hands on the Levites to stand in the place of the people around the tabernacle, and in that capacity they served as a boundary between the Holy God enthroned in the tabernacle and the sinful people in the camp. Ordination puts you in danger; ordination is always a call to death.

[...] You are called to die by giving your life and time and energies to serving the people of the congregation you are called to. Every Christian is called to die to himself, but ordination is a specification of baptism that calls you in a particular way to follow Jesus the Good Shepherd in laying down your life for the sheep. Ordination confers authority and privilege; but that privilege and authority are cruciform or they are nothing.
Also, Peter's feature article in the current issue of Touchstone is unfortunately not online, but it is must reading for anyone interested in ecumenism. "Divine Light on Kings: Evangelical Ecumenism & the Gospel in the Story of Israel Divided" is adapted from his commentary on 1-2 Kings, which will be published later this year in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series, of which R.R. Reno is general editor. The first (and only currently) published volume in the series was Acts by Jaroslav Pelikan, who died Saturday at age 82.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Wilkins on Parishes
From the current Auburn Analecta, the newsletter of AAPC:

"The Rationale for Parishes and Parish Ministry" by Pastor Steve Wilkins

Here are a couple quotes:
The goal is to have all the members of each parish to develop a sense of responsibility for all who live within the bounds of the parish—seeing all the members of the community/neighborhood as under the oversight of the church. Those who are members of other churches are our brothers and we will seek to assist them as there is need and opportunity. But even those who are unbelievers should be viewed as "sojourners" in our midst and we are to have compassion and concern for them....

Our care for the members of the parish who are not members of our particular church could consist of neighborly evangelism, Bible studies, including them in our public celebrations, providing other services as needed, joining in community service projects as well as initiating various ministries in the community.
I'm still curious to see how the elders have drawn the initial geographical lines, how the parishes will be named, etc. Regardless, I think this is a very positive development.

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"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." So sung John Lennon in his infamous song, "Imagine." While aspects of his vision seem like candy-coated lies straight from Hell, he's at least right to note that he's not the only dreamer. I believe we all need dreams. Some are more grandiose than others, some are more pure than others, some are more from above, but all indicate a basic human need, and I believe all indicate that we're made in the image of God. I'm reminded of a couple famous dreams. The Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr spoke of his dream:
I have a dream that one day, right down in Georgia and Mississippi and Alabama, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to live together as brothers. I have a dream this afternoon that one day, [applause] one day little white children and little Negro children will be able to join hands as brothers and sisters. [...] Yes, I have a dream this afternoon that one day in this land the words of Amos will become real and "justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."
And there's the account of Solomon's dream in the First Book of Kings (3:5-15):
At Gibeon, Yahweh appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, "Ask what I should give you." And Solomon said, "You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. And now, O Yahweh my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?" It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. God said to him, "Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor all your life; no other king shall compare with you. If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life." Then Solomon awoke; it had been a dream. He came to Jerusalem where he stood before the ark of the covenant of Yahweh. He offered up burnt offerings and offerings of well-being, and provided a feast for all his servants.
My own dream is to earn an MDiv, get ordained, and become a (Protestant) staff chaplain at one of Monroe's Catholic hospitals. On the side, I'd love to help out with parish ministry, work to aid cooperation between local churches, and maybe teach Latin, biblical languages, etc. Hopefully I'd eventually be able to take a "sabbatical" to write a dissertation in, say, pastoral theology & counseling in one of these programs; or in ecumenics at Bossey/Geneva, Trinity College Dublin, or Princeton Seminary; or in intercultural/cross-cultural studies at Reformed Seminary in Jackson or the ecumenical DMin program in Chicago. This is my vocational dream. Not your everyday dream, but I don't think it's too much to ask - or at least I hope not, because I'm asking. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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Monday, May 1, 2006

Biblical Seminary
I just added Biblical Seminary to my crazy list after reading Scot McKnight's recommendation and looking through the seminary's website. Their MDiv program in general - and in particular the fact that they offer something like their LEAD MDiv program - is appealing (and I admit to getting a kick out of the Brian McLaren endorsement in light of the arguments betweeen a couple Muscovites with whom I'm well acquainted). Plus, the Philadelpha area is a location that I've already considered, which is nice.

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