You know how medieval writers can really bewilder with their “forward-thinking” and remarkable acumen. Sometimes they even show signs of modern scholarship. You would not expect them to look beyond the limit of their narrow society and inquire into matters which for them seem too lofty to be gazed at. Take John of Worcester, oneContinue reading “A glimpse into 12th century Renaissance and medieval scholarship”
The Lord is an arsonist, he set my heart on fire. Tonight my whole being burns with inextinguishable flames for the the love of God. The more I pray, the higher these flames reach up and bring about the coolness of grace. Thank you, Lord, for showing Yourself to us!
I add this passage from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening to profit some of my readers and to record a 19th century minister’s view of the world around him. Had Spurgeon lived among us now in 21st century London, he would certainly have experienced a shattering shock. “And they fortified Jerusalem unto the broad wall.” —Continue reading “Us and the world”
If King Stephen of England adopted Henry count of Anjou in 1153, then why didn’t Henry drop the inheritance that his natural father, count Geoffrey of Anjou, had bequeathed to him on his death in September 1151? By placing himself as heir to the throne of England, Henry ought to have ceased to be countContinue reading “One of those questions…”
While researching for my MA thesis, I have come across a nice passage in Roger of Wendover’s chronicle (mid-13th century) quoting a vernacular English song (“canticum illud Anglico idiomate”) whose composition Roger ascribes to the early 1170s and mentions in connection with an apparition of the Virgin to St. Godric. He then gives the LatinContinue reading “Vernacular song in English, c. 1170”
By The Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch, bishop of Manchester 7:30AM BST 14 Aug 2011, The Telegraph I shall never forget the scenes of destruction I saw in Manchester on Wednesday morning. Not even Northern determination to get things back to normal could disguise the thuggery of the night before. For hours I talked with shopkeepers, metContinue reading “UK riots: the erosion of morality is responsible, says the Bishop of Manchester”
“Thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work.” — Psalm 92:4 Do you believe that your sins are forgiven, and that Christ has made a full atonement for them? Then what a joyful Christian you ought to be! How you should live above the common trials and troubles of the world! Since sin isContinue reading “The joy of forgiveness of sin”
One of these changes ought to be the way we acknowledge a FB post. Instead of “liking” it, we could simply “think it relevant” or “acknowledge it” or “take heed of it” or “consider it”. This would certainly avoid those awkward situations and circumstances when the post cannot warrant a “like” statement. And in theContinue reading “Facebook should make some changes”
Most accounts of “religion” in the context of secularism and atheism bear no resemblance to gospel Christianity. Meeting loved ones in heaven? fear of the unknown? morality? These people should read uncle john before claiming to describe Christ’s law. More to follow.