Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
|Linda Worthiemer (of NPR) shared her mother's |
recipe for Lemon fruitcake.
In ancient Egypt the fruitcake was considered an essential food in the afterlife. The oldest fruitcake dates back to Roman times. In the Middle Ages they branched out and added honey, spices, nuts and preserved fruits.
In his letter to a friend, the great American preacher, Philips Brooks (Episcopalian, rector of Holy Trinity, Boston, and author of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”) wrote:
God is seeking us and giving himself to us…that is love, not that we loved him but that he loved us…There is such a thing as putting ourselves in the way of God’s overflowing love and letting it break upon us till the response of love to him comes, not by struggle, not by deliberation, but by necessity, as the echo comes when the sound strikes the rock.[iv]
Thursday, December 20, 2012
This is the last week of our Bonhoeffer Book Study on the Christmas Sermons. What a delight it has been. I have enjoyed doing them and enjoyed our conversation! Blessings for a wonderful conclusion to your Advent and a joyous Christmastide!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
The waters of Babylon
We lay down and wept
And wept for, thee Zion
We remember, thee remember
Thee remember, thee Zion
By the waters
The waters of Babylon
We lay down and wept
And wept for thee Zion
This morning's news of the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has taken us all by surprise. We have awakened in the midst of our preparations for the Holiday into a nightmare that reminds us of our vulnerability, and the vulnerability of our children.
I am aware of our own families here in Texas who dropped their children off today and will embrace them this afternoon. The Episcopal Diocese of Texas has clergy and lay pastors in congregations all over the diocese who are ready to help all of those who feel in need of conversation and prayer in the wake of this disaster.
I have reprinted below resources for talking with children and the statement from our Episcopal brothers and sisters in Connecticut and invite your prayers for them as well. Let us weep together. Let us mourn the lost. Let us pledge to work towards the loving kingdom of God that Christ Jesus envisions. And, let us hope for our future and the future of the Sandy Hook community.
C. Andrew Doyle
ResourcesThis is a comprehensive list of excellent resources compiled by Sharon Pearson and leading Christian educators for those of us needing guidance after Friday's tragic and senseless shooting. Most importantly, turn off the TV.
- Tips for Talking to Children about the School Shooting (from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
- Dealing with Grief – What to Say and What NOT to say (from the Huffington Post)
- Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events
- And Mr. Rogers lives on with his wise words. (The Fred Rogers Company)
- Tips for Parents to help their children and youth cope in times of tragedy (from Episcopal Relief & Development)
- Books about Grief and Loss
- Ministering in a Torn World (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) – compiled after 9/11 for Christian Educators
- Tragedy: Prayers, Guidelines and Resources (from the Episcopal Church)
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (from the National Association of School Psychologists)
- Violence on Campus: Helping Your Kids Cope with Tragedy
Statement from Diocese of Connecticut on Sandy Hook Shooting
Faithfully, Ian, Laura and Jim
The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens
The Rt. Rev. James E. Curry
Thursday, December 13, 2012
This week we have the third installment of our 2012 Advent Book Study on Bonhoeffer's Christmas sermons. You can read along and listen to all three reflections. The fourth and final reflection will be posted prior to the 4th Sunday in Advent.
Sermon preached on Advent 2 regarding John the Baptist in Luke's Gospel, Trinity Episcopal Church Marble Falls, and Epiphany Episcopal Church Burnet Texas.
Friday, December 7, 2012
This podcast covers the second section of reading material from Bonhoeffer's Christmas Sermons.
A number of individuals had conversations following the first Advent Book Study podcast about the death of Moses. I thought you might enjoy this little diversion from the reading of Bonhoeffer. I hope you enjoy.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
This week in our Advent Book study we read together up to page 40 or the Berlin Years. The podcast is about 34 minutes. It covers the introduction, the sermon from Barcelona, and the sermon from Cuba. You can send questions via @texasbishop on twitter or c. andrew doyle on facebook. Next week we will read the next forty pages.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Christmas Sermons
I am inviting you to read along with me this Advent.
We are going to try something different and the plan is for me to lead a book study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Christmas Sermons ...
Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote of Advent: "The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, who look forward to something greater to come. For these, it is enough to wait in humble fear until the Holy One himself comes down to us, God in the child in the manger. God comes. The Lord Jesus comes. Christmas comes. Christians rejoice!”
Each week participants will read a selection from the book. During the week you may post your reflections, comments, and questions below via facebook. Then I will post a podcast on Friday with my personal reflections on the material. We already have a good number of people participating and some congregations are doing the study together.
When the podcast is posted you will be able to get it from libsyn.com, itunes, or via epicenter.org. We will tweet and facebook update when the podcast is ready.
This week as we arrive at the first Sunday in Advent, December 2, 2012, we will read to page 40 or up to the Berlin years for those using Kindle or another reader.
The next week we will approach Advent 2 on December 9, and read from pages 41-81 or up to the London years.
As we approach Advent 3 on December 16, we will read pages 82-143 or up to the War Conspiracy. And, for the last week of Advent and December 23, we will begin at page 144 and finish the book.
I hope that people will read and send me questions or thoughts in the week previous to each podcasts so that I can respond to those comments in the reflections. I’m excited to see how this interaction works so that we can do additional studies together during Lent and at other times of the year.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Grace Episcopal Church, 10.4.12
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
If you are on Twitter you can follow the discussion by creating a column with the hashtag #blandy2012. I will also be using the larger church and social media group hashtag #chsocm.
Questions can be sent via the #Blandy2012 hashtag. People are already signing on from around the world.
I am also posting my portion of the conversation on Facebook and followers can join in an off stream conversation there.
I will be taping the conversation and posting it via my podcast site this week. You can find my sermons and follow the weekly posts here: http://www.adoyle.libsyn.com
Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, D.D.
IX Bishop of Texas
Sent while out of office.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Friday, August 31, 2012
Books I am reading currently:
The Widower's Two Step by Rick Riordan
The M Factor by Lynne C. Lancaster and David Stillman
Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky
Books I recently finished:
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
Books for consideration from my bookshelf:
Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Cruelty of Heresy by C. FitzSimons Allison
Grace In Practice by Paul Zahl
Theological Turning Points by Donald McKim
The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt
Trumanby David McCullough
Semper Fi by Dan Carrison, Rod Walsh
Lonesome Dove trilogy by Larry McMurtry
Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain
Agenda for a New Economy by David C. Korten
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The Crown Nominations Committee met last week to consider the appointment of the next Archbishop of Canterbury. Details of the 26-27 July meeting, including its location and whether potential candidates were invited to meet the committee have not been disclosed.
While the committee has maintained its internal discipline and not leaked details of deliberations to the press or favored insiders as in past years, lobbying by pressure groups for favoured candidates continues. A letter seen by the Church of England Newspaper that was written by primates attending the Global South Conference last week in Bangkok has urged the committee to consider archbishop’s pan-Anglican duties when it reviews the candidates.
“At a time when the Christian faith faces challenges from other religions as well as secular worldviews, the new Archbishop of Canterbury must be committed to uphold the orthodoxy of the Christian ‘faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints’,” the primates said.
The next Archbishop of Canterbury will be a “guardian of the faith” charged with uniting the wider Anglican Communion, “especially on issues that have led to the present crisis in the Communion”, they said and must be able to “communicate effectively and gain the respect and confidence” of the wider church the 21 July 2012 letter said.
Chaired by the Lord Luce, the committee consists of six members elected by the Diocese of Canterbury Vacancy in See Committee: The Rev Canon Clare Edwards, Mr. Raymond Harris, Mr. David Kemp, the Rev. Canon Mark Roberts, Mrs. Caroline Spencer and Bishop Trevor Wilmott,
Six further members of the committee were elected by the General Synod: Mr. Aiden Hargreaves-Smith – Diocese of London, Prof. Glynn Harrison – Diocese of Bristol, Mrs Mary Johnston – Diocese of London, The Very Rev Andrew Nunn – Diocese of Southwark, The Rev Canon Peter Spiers – Diocese of Liverpool and the Rev Canon Glyn Webster – Diocese of York.
The Rt Rev James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle, and the Rt Rev Michael Perham, the Bishop of Gloucester were elected by the House of Bishops of the General Synod, and Archbishop Barry Morgan of Wales was elected by the Anglican Consultative Council to serve on the committee as well.
Three non-voting members also serve on the committee: the Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments Ms Caroline Boddington, the Prime Minister’s Appointments Secretary Sir Paul Britton and the Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council, Canon Kenneth Kearon.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
- "Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a life and a living process." Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- "Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer." Oliver Wendell Holmes
- "Perfection, in a Christian sense, means becoming mature enough to give ourselves to others." Kathleen Norris
- "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can." John Wesley
- "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried." G. K. Chesterton
- "One of our great allies at present is the Church itself. Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners. That, I confess, is a spectacle which makes our boldest tempters uneasy. But fortunately it is quite invisible to these humans." C. S. Lewis
- "When we say, 'I love Jesus, but I hate the Church,' we end up losing not only the Church but Jesus too. The challenge is to forgive the Church. This challenge is especially great because the church seldom asks us for forgiveness." Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey
- "Christians are hard to tolerate; I don't know how Jesus does it." Bono
- "It's too easy to get caught in our little church subcultures, and the result is that the only younger people we might know are Christians who are already inside the church." Dan Kimball