God has time

Here’s the audio from last Sunday’s sermon on the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. There is no script, so listening is the only option.

Except, of course, for not listening.

Text: Luke 1:57–80 (Acts 13:13–26)

[audio:http://www.oslc.org.uk/audio/2012/oslc-2012-06-24.mp3]

Source: Our Saviour Lutheran Church

 

A thought for (another) rainy day

He shall come down like showers
Upon the fruitful earth;
Love, joy, and hope, like flowers,
Spring in His path to birth.
Before Him on the mountains
Shall peace, the herald, go;
And righteousness in fountains
From hill to valley flow.

James Montgomery (1771–1854), ‘Hail to the Lord’s Anointed’, verse 3.

Missionaries’ Paradigm Shift

An open letter from Kenya, received (unsolicited) yesterday:

MISSIONARIES’ PARADIGM SHIFT!

Dear brothers and sisters,

Greetings in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for the support you are giving the Lutherans in Africa (LIA). Through your support, Rev. James May has been able to teach the Word of God in East, Central, South, and West Africa.

Since the Lutheran Church started work in Kenya in the late 1940s, the missionary approach has been wanting. Missionaries spent a lot of time and resources building churches, schools, health facilities, paying and subsiding salaries for pastors and evangelists, just to mention a few. That has been a noble approach then, but it is outdated in this century because it is turning some church leaders to be worshippers of ‘mammon’ (money) instead of nurturing the Church of Christ through the teaching of the Word.

Congregations and parishes which support mission work in Kenya and the entire African continent have to change tact. The best, practical, realistic, and fruit bearing approach should be training pastors, evangelists, and other church workers to teach the Word of God using the literature which is translated by the LHF-A! This approach will make Africans be true teachers of the Lutheran faith and this is the work Rev. James May Jr is doing.

At the end of 2010, Rev. James May taught the Word of God at Itierio, Nyagesa, and Monianku Parishes. His teaching left so big an impact that the Christians from those parishes yearn to be taught the Word more and more. It is obvious that the Christians and the clergy alike are hungry and thirsty for the Word. Therefore, it is a noble gesture to support Rev. James May so that he may continue to provide the Spiritual Food to those who need it. Remember, many are called by God but few respond and Rev. James May is one of them who has responded. Support him!

Rev. James May Jr is young. The energy with which he criss-crosses the entire African Continent teaching the Word of God, is marvellous, breath taking, and daring. Very few missionaries worldwide can do that.

Finally, what Rev. James May Jr and his family need now is your prayers. Furthermore, he needs your sincere support so that God may use him take the Good News to all the peoples of Africa. He may be one but the seeds of the Word of God he is planting through (LIA) will never be in vain. It is never too late for our God to use His true vessels to Christianize Africa!

Thank you and may God bless you all.

Yours in Christ,

Mr. Naphtali M. Igendia
Vice Chairman, LIA and
Senior Translator/Editor, LHF-A

Love

Wonderful lines from George Herbert, on the eve of Trinity 2 (Luke 14:15-24)

LOVE bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lack’d anything.

‘A guest,’ I answer’d, ‘worthy to be here:’
Love said, ‘You shall be he.’
‘I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
I cannot look on Thee.’
Love took my hand and smiling did reply,
‘Who made the eyes but I?’

‘Truth, Lord; but I have marr’d them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.’
‘And know you not,’ says Love, ‘Who bore the blame?’
‘My dear, then I will serve.’
‘You must sit down,’ says Love, ‘and taste my meat.’
So I did sit and eat.

Waiting for your Boaz

Found on Facebook, some good advice for unmarried ladies. Read, mark, learn and inwardly digest, I say.

Click on the picture to get the full text.
HT: Jay Newman

Holiness and Sinfulness

It is a truism of the Christian life that the most saintly are the most conscious of sin.

R.S. Thomas, ‘Introduction’ in A Choice of George Herbert’s Verse (Faber & Faber, 1967)

Baptised into the Triune Life

Sermon preached on Trinity Sunday at Our Saviour Lutheran Church
3 June 2012
Text: John 3:1–15 (Isaiah 6:1–7; Romans 11:33–36)

The audio recording of the sermon can be found here.

Today’s Gospel text from John 3 gives us a rather disjointed conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus. As is so often the case in John’s Gospel, the reason the conversation is disjointed is that Jesus doesn’t seem to be answering the other person at all, but rather using their words as an opportunity to launch into a conversation of His own. In this case, Jesus completely ignores Nicodemus’ rather polite and deferential conversation opener—“Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him”—and launches straight into a speech on the need for new birth.

Continue reading Baptised into the Triune Life