St Paul's Anglican Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

blog: rss

May 8, 2015

American Evangelicalism

Some thoughts for Dads with Mothers’ Day approaching. . .

by Lanier Nail

Mothers’ Day is this Sunday.  This is the quintessential “Hallmark” holiday, and in the South, it is a big deal.  On this day, men abandon the fishing holes and golf courses of their Sunday morning routines and go to church with their grandmothers, moms, and wives.  Only Easter Sunday can compete with Mothers’ day for church attendance figures.  After the service, a Thanksgiving-worthy feast is likely to be served, ironically, by the women whom the day is intended to honor.

This image of women being “honored” by having to work extra hard to serve the men who “honor” them speaks, I believe, to a larger reality that plays out every Sunday in Southern families and churches. . .

more. . .

Continue reading
Posted by Lanier Nail at 10:23 a.m.
Link to entry | Comments

June 2, 2014

American Evangelicalism, Gospel

Right-Hand Man

by Lanier Nail

In my last post I made the assertion that Jesus' Ascension, which should be viewed as the "crowning achievement" of his life, is instead overlooked as simply a necessity of the narrative - Jesus has to get from point A to point B so let's explain how that happened.

Continue reading
Posted by Lanier Nail at 9:04 p.m.
Link to entry | Comments

May 29, 2014

Christian Calendar

The Neglected Jesus Story

by Lanier Nail

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension.  One of the benefits of following the church calendar is that we are often forced to contemplate specific moments in the life of our Lord that we otherwise pass by without much reflection.  The ascension of Christ into heaven may be the most neglected episode in the life of Christ relative to the amount of ink the New Testament authors spilled tracing out its implications.

Continue reading
Posted by Lanier Nail at 5:11 p.m.
Link to entry | Comments

May 28, 2014

Repentence, American Evangelicalism

The Lost Habit of Repentance

by Lanier Nail

Rod Dreher, writing a superb article for Time, describes why he will not return to the Roman Catholic Church, despite the appeal of Pope Francis.  His critique of Roman Catholicism in America highlights how the reforms of Vatican II have been co-opted to produce an insipid version of Christianity which preaches "Christ without the cross" and treats "His amazing Grace like it was a common courtesy."  

What intrigues me about the article is how so much of his criticism of the Roman church in America can be directly applied, often without any qualifications, to the evangelical churches in America as well.   You could say the whole church is allergic to repentance and teaching about God's judgment, and this allergy crosses denominational lines.

Continue reading
Posted by Lanier Nail at 3:41 p.m.
Link to entry | Comments

March 26, 2014

Hart to Heart

From the Moon, July 20, 1969: Did you know?

by Robert Hart

The First Holy Communion on the Moon….

Forty-five years ago two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon. But what happened before Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module is perhaps even more amazing, if only because so few people know about it. I'm talking about the fact that Buzz Aldrin took communion on the surface of the moon. Some months after his return, he wrote about it in Guideposts magazine.

The background of the story is that Aldrin was an elder at his Presbyterian Church in Texas during this period in his life and knowing he would soon be doing somthing unprecedented in human history, he felt he should mark the occasion somehow. He asked his minister to help him. And so the minister consecrated a communion wafer and a small vial of communion wine. Buzz Aldrin took them with him out of the Earth's orbit and on to the surface of the moon. He and Armstrong had only been on the  lunar surface for a few minutes when Aldrin made the following public statement:

Continue reading
Posted by Robert Hart at 3:44 p.m.
Link to entry | Comments

February 13, 2014

Hart to Heart

Encouraging Insights from Ben Franklin…

by Robert Hart

 

Just Prior to the Revolutionary period, from around 1730 to 1770, our nation saw a wonderful Christian revival known as the Great Awakening.

Benjamin Franklin recalled the effect of this massive spiritual resurgence in his autobiography:

    "It was wonderful to see the change soon made in the manners of our inhabitants. From being thoughtless or indifferent about religion, it seemed as if all the world were growing religious, so that one could not walk through the town (Philadelphia) in an evening without hearing psalms sung in different families of every street."

Continue reading
Posted by Robert Hart at 2:50 p.m.
Link to entry | Comments

January 31, 2014

Hart to Heart

A great, true, Presidential story…

by Robert Hart

    

On  January 29, 1843… future president William McKinley, Jr. was born. His family were devout Methodists. At age 10, young William went forward in a revival meeting and gave his life to Christ. At age 16, he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. When the Civil War began he joined the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. In contemplating the possibility that he could be killed in battle, McKinley wrote in his diary…

Continue reading
Posted by Robert Hart at 1:20 p.m.
Link to entry | Comments

January 22, 2014

Hart to Heart

England….January 23, 1555

by Robert Hart

 

Henry the 8th's son, King Edward VI died at age 15 in 1553. He was a sincere, Protestant Christian. His cousin, Lady Jane Gray, an evangelical girl, also age 15,(against her wishes) ascended to the throne of England. She was deposed after nine days and was replaced by Mary Tudor, Edward's Roman Catholic half-sister. Mary had Jane Gray imprisoned and seven weeks later commanded Lady Jane to be executed.

Continue reading
Posted by Robert Hart at 5:05 p.m.
Link to entry | Comments

January 16, 2014

Hart to Heart

Where did we get the name “Bible” ?

by Robert Hart

 

The name comes from the Greek word biblia, plural of biblion, meaning "book".  Going back even earlier, byblos meant "papyrus", the plant used in making the early form of paper. And one step farther back in time, Byblos was the name of an ancient city noted for exporting papyrus.

Continue reading
Posted by Robert Hart at 2:19 p.m.
Link to entry | Comments

January 14, 2014

Hart to Heart

Some Church History…

by Robert Hart

 

Oh Lord…

Thou hast formed us for Thyself…

And our hearts are restless till they find their rest in Thee.

 

St Augustine…425 A.D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue reading
Posted by Robert Hart at 5:50 p.m.
Link to entry | Comments

« Older | Newer »
(Page 2 of 6)