A superbly thoughtful Protestant reflection on Mary in the context of Coptic Orthodoxy is here. Spoiler Alert: your prayer life might never be the same again after reading this!
Tessa and Nick in Uganda alert us to the continuing terribleness of virulent malaria.
George MacDonald is a name not much heard of these days, but you can read up on him here. He had a profound (and anti-Calvinist) understanding of the love of God.
Migrants are all the news, especially in Britain where a recent Songs of Praise spot from the tent church in Calais has been controversial. But what does the Vatican say about migrants? Here.
The following links have been supplied by a UK colleague:
#1 and #2 Vaughan
Roberts has been preaching on challenges to ministry at Moore College; #3 more
talks are available from Clayton TV and the Keswick Ministries site; #4 and #5
Peter Carrell and Stephen Trott give their thoughts on the Sunday Scripture
readings; #6 and #7 transfiguration bells and music from the North and the
South; #10 Thankfully the South Sudanese pastors have been released after a
more minor conviction but it what looks like a pattern from prior cases, they
are now being prevented from leaving the country. Please pray for their
safety and freedom along with other persecuted Christians.
Prayers for you for the coming week.
SERMONS AND TALKS
1. Paul and Silas at Philippi [Acts 16:6-34] - Vaughan Roberts - Moore
Theological College Chapel Audio
2. Interview and Q&A with Vaughan Roberts about coming to faith and
ministry at Moore on Vimeo
3. More Talks from the Keswick Convention 2015 - Clayton TV [see listing on
left for the Keswick Lectures from Ian Randall, Mark Greene and Michael
and there are more talks from the 2015 convention to download here
4. Preaching Ideas and Commentary - Rev Peter Carrell
5. The Sunday Readings - Rev Stephen Trott
6. The bells of the monastery of the Transfiguration, on the Solovki Islands in
Northern Russia - BBC Radio 4
7. Choral Evensong from Southern Cathedrals Festival in Salisbury Cathedral and
sung by the choirs of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals - BBC
8. Sunday Hour - BBC Radio 2
9. Archived Choral services over the Summer from the chapels of King's College
and St John's College, Cambridge
and Trinity College, Cambridge
and New College, Oxford
Please pray for Rev Yat Michael and Rev Peter Reith released from threat of
death in Sudan at a hearing on 5th August but being stopped from travelling,
much as happened in the case of Meriam Ibrahim; for the persecuted church in
Syria and Iraq, in China; and for the Diocese of South Carolina.
10. Topical Prayers - Church of England
Syria: Dozens of Assyrian Christians Kidnapped or Detained By ISIS -
Sudan: 'I'm Born Again': Sudan Frees Pastors Facing Death Penalty -
Khartoum bans South Sudanese pastors from leaving - Sudan Tribune
All Souls Langham Place has some suggestions
China: China Sees Red: Christian Protest Puts Hundreds of Crosses Back in Public
- Christianity Today
South Carolina:Prayers from Lent and Beyond
11. Sunday Programme with Edward Stourton - BBC Radio 4
Food for thought
12. Suez Canal New Project …A New Hope for Egypt - Bishop Mouneer Anis
Gates to Goliath's city discovered - Christian Today
Religion and law round-up – 9th August - Frank Cranmer
They Didn't Think It Through No 19, Sunday Trading - David Keen
Church spires in danger from corrosion, rotten timber and … woodpeckers -
13. Evangelism - Mark Ritchie - Soul Survivor
14. The Transfiguration - Sufjan Stevens