Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation
This resource provides an introduction to Lent and offers a comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It provides suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship.
This Maundy Thursday or Good Friday service is patterned after tenebrae, a service of shadows or darkness. The theme is the disciple Peter's reflections on his "unimaginable words" denying Christ and his beginning to heal afterwards.
The Da Vinci Code, Corrected
Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code challenges the canon of the four gospels. In this article, Craig Keener explains how the “lost gospels” did not meet the standards of canonization including Irenaeus’ “rule of faith.”
Orthodox Paschal Canon
A recording of the Paschal Canon by Eikona, a three-sister ensemble who chant Byzantine-styled Hymns and sing Contemporary Christian Music. These Greek Orthodox traditional hymns are sung in English. Also included: iconography depicting the risen Jesus....
Kings, Creeds, and the Canon: Musing on N.T. Wright
James Smith reviews N.T. Wright's book "How God Became King" and the approach Wright takes in his reading of the New Testament. Smith is critical of Wrights insistence that modern theological scholarship has misread the gospels...
Worship Service - Scripture
This is a worship service outline focused on Scripture and Canon. It praises God and expresses our gratitude for God's unfailing love and grace written in Scripture.
Love Is Risky Business
In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus tells a parable of risk and rewards and the responsibility that comes with great gifts. In this sermon, Canon Frank Logue explains that love too is a risk.
Many Books, One Holy Canon
A hymn about scripture, with text by Ann Bell Worley and tune NETTLETON 188.8.131.52.D. "May the spirit, not the letter, be the law that we obey."
Stop Reading the Bible
Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell argues against reading the Bible straight through and for a prioritized approach to scripture. While all are canon, Luke, for example, should be read several times before attempting Nahum.
The End of Evil
Explaining where 2 Peter 3:8-15 agrees and disagrees with the Biblical canon, this commentary by L. Ann Jervis conveys Peter's argument "that because God and Christ are righteous, all that is not righteous will be destroyed."
The Joy of Singing in Canon: Guidelines and Resources
An article that addresses both the joys of singing in canon as well as six areas of concern that church musicians can be mindful of to allow for congregations to sing thoughtfully and meaningfully in canon....
Resources for Singing in Canon
Continuation of a list of songs from an article that addresses both the joys of singing in canon as well as six areas of concern that church musicians can be mindful of to allow for singing...
Full Text Hymns on Canon
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In this video interview, Canon Victoria Sirota talks about how church services can use music to make the journey through Maundy Thursday, Palm Sunday, and Good Friday.
The Glory of the Mass
Drawing on Church canons and the saints, this article by Thomas G. Morrow on the Mass describes the sacrifice of the Eucharist, transubstantiation, miracles of Christ's real presence, and the grace offered to celebrating participants.
The Peoples' Praise
Focusing on Psalm 67's calls for praise from the nations, James K. Mead's commentary discusses God's promise to bless the nations through Israel. Mead also reflects on the psalm's unusual inclusion in the biblical canon.
God’s Drama & the Incarnate Word
A summary of Hans Urs von Balthasar's approach to scriptural interpretation as theodramatic. In this approach, problematic verses or passages no longer have the power to undermine the credibility of the entire biblical canon.
How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian
Matthew Ramage comments on the apparent division between the Old and New Testaments, emphasizing scripture's unity in describing God's salvific plan and arguing that the whole canon must be understood in light of Jesus Christ.
Festival of Lessons and Carols
In this video interview, Canon Victoria Sirota illustrates the purpose of worship as she describes the Festival of Lessons and Carols as a service for meditation, not a concert to be a applauded.
Female Deacons and Fasting before Communion
Brian Mullady explains that canon law does not currently allow female deacons and also comments on fasting before communion, noting that priests are allowed to eat something if they celebrate multiple masses in one day.
Hymn: Remember There Was Once a Day
This hymn was composed in 2012, and relates to Ephesians 2:11-22. It is set to the tune, TALLIS' CANON.