Thursday’s Lecture, part 3: World Missions

November 21, 2014

And part 3:

world missions

Thursday’s Lecture, part 2: St Patrick

November 21, 2014

Part 2 of Thursday’s lecture…


Thursday’s Lecture, part 1: Monastacism

November 21, 2014

For my students in the God Class, session J:


Blessing of new floors at Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital

November 11, 2014

I recently had the privilege of taking part in the blessing of a new floor at the Christus-Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital here in San Antonio, Texas.

The article and photos are by Katherine Nickas. Read it all at the Rivard Report, here.

Lecture on Holy Orders for SMC 1314 J

November 4, 2014

And here is the (brief) lecture on Holy Orders:

SMC 1314 Holy Orders

Lecture on Sacraments and Communion

November 4, 2014

Hi Students from SMC 1314 J. You had no class on Thursday the 30th, but I did give these lectures on that day. You need to know this material so please take some time to listen to this half of the lecture on sacraments and communion, and then also the one on Holy Orders (also called ordination).

SMC 1314 Sacraments and Communion

New Mary’s Well Occasional Paper on the Convention of Evanglical Churches in Israel

October 15, 2014

As director of publications of Nazareth Seminary, I am pleased to share with everyone our seminary’s newest Mary’s Well Occasional Paper: ‘An Introduction to the Convention of Evangelical Churches in Israel’ (Volume 3:3, October 2014).

This latest paper is by the Rev. Azar Ajaj, president of Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary, and Dr. Philip Sumpter, adjunct professor of Old Testament at the European School of Culture and Theology.

The CECI is an attempt, so far unsuccessful, of indigenous (Arab) Israelis who are evangelicals to obtain official recognition from the State of Israel as a recognized religious community. The article provides an account of the CECI’s genesis and its current projects and challenges.

Download the latest Mary’s Well Occasional Paper HERE.

La Catedral de San Jorge en Jerusalén

September 18, 2014

I had a nice surprise today. I note that someone wrote the entry for the Cathedral Church of St George the Martyr in Spanish over at Having written or expanded on a couple of pages over there in relation to Anglicanism in the Middle East I’m happy to see someone wrote this in Spanish. (And it links to a brief piece on the cathedral I wrote for Anglican and Episcopal History some time ago, which is also nice.)

Ten books that influenced me

August 31, 2014

My colleague and friend the Rev. Phil Hill recently asked (on Facebook) me, and others, to mention ten books that had most deeply influenced our worldview. Aside from the Bible, which I think belongs to a class of its own, here are the books that came to my mind:

1. Symbol and Sacrament by Louis-Marie Chauvet
2. Constructing Local Theologies by Robert Schreiter
3. The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer in Five Volumes (that is kinda cheating, sorry, but I did read them all)
4. The Great Divorce by CS Lewis
5. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
6. The Call of the Minaret by Kenneth Cragg
7. The Decline of Eastern Christianity under Islam by Bat Ye’or
8. Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman by Montgomery Watt
9. For the Life of the World by Alexander Shmemann
10. Four Quartets by TS Eliot

Please take up the question on your own blog or share your thoughts in the comments.

Interview with Moh-Christophe Bilek: Algerian, Berber, ex-Muslim and Catholic

August 28, 2014

This interview has now been released in English over at Global Missiology, in their July 2014 issue. Here is his input regarding how the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate views Muslims:

8) The Catholic Church has come under a lot of fire from ex-Muslim Christians for its statement on Islam in the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate, which states that Muslims adore the one God, living and subsisting in himself and does not recommend evangelizing Muslims, but to work sincerely for mutual understanding and preservejustice and moral welfare (section 3). How do you read and interpret the statement of Nostra Aetate ?

We are treating here a crucial matter: Does Vatican II advise us to not evangelize Muslims? If this is the case, why risk death by becoming a Christian, if Islam is a way to salvation?

But this interpretation would mean that the Church recognises the segregation commanded by Muslim law between non-Muslims and Muslims, who are not allowed to be reached by the Good News. If this were the case, the Gospel would be null and void because it commands us to go and baptize all peoples.

Download the file from my page or from Global Missiology. The original version (in French) can be found HERE.


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