I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go into the house of the LORD.”
Our feet have been standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem!. Psalm 122.1, 2
Resources for Shepherds
Can poetry have any lasting effects?
William Wordsworth’s poetry did. His ability to see beauty and sublimity in creation and ordinary people and situations spoke loudly to generations. Whole tracks of land were set aside in England as national parks because of him, and he inspired John Muir to work for the creation of Yosemite National Park. Jonathan Bates has written a very readable and informative biography of the great Romantic poet, and you can read a bit more about the book, Radical Wordsworth, by clicking here.
Our fascination with numbers…
…goes back to the Progressive movement of the early 20th century. Jackson Lears gives us a history of the movement which seeks to quantify all aspects of American life, and to use numbers as the best indicator of health. It’s a trap we’ve fallen into in the church in many ways. More about this article here.
Are we asking the right questions about race?
We’ve examined and reviewed the how question: How did we get in this mess? And now we’re feverishly brainstorming the what questions: What can be done? But if we don’t ask the most important question of all, we won’t make any real progress. More here.
The Ailbe Seminary
Everybody has a worldview.
Including all the people we serve in the ministry of the Word. Are we helping them to embrace a truly Christian worldview? Our seminar, “One in Twelve,” provides a summary of the Christian worldview in twelve succinct diagrams. Take it together with your leaders by going to The Ailbe Seminary, registering in the upper right hand corner, then enrolling for the course. It’s free, and it can help to set your work as a pastor or church leader in the larger framework of a Christian worldview.
How much do your neighbors know about the Bible? Our “Bible Questionnaire” tool can launch you into conversations about the Scriptures and the Gospel in an interactive and conversational way. Watch this brief video, then download the questionnaire. Use the video to train your congregation to talk with their neighbors about the Good News.
We need revival!
In David’s list of Mighty Men, the sons of Issachar are a surprise entry. All the others mentioned were adept at the implements of war and conquest. All the sons of Issachar could offer was understanding (1 Chron. 12.32). They understood the times, and this enabled them to think clearly about the paths Israel should pursue. Are we ministering in a vacuum when it comes to our own times? Is our vision so beclouded by the pandemic that we can’t see through the fog to the totality of what’s going on in the world? Our book, Understanding the Times, provides a survey of this world’s goings-on, and can help to equip you for a more focused and effective ministry of God’s Word. You can order a copy of Understanding the Times by clicking here.
At The Fellowship of Ailbe
This month’s free download is a daily reader on the topic, Growing into Christ. Featuring readings from Scripture and great saints, as well as a brief commentary, this could be a useful resource for church leaders to work through together. You can download a copy for yourself and others by clicking here. Our featured book this month is The Church Captive, in which we observe the ways, down through the ages, churches and their leaders have become captive to wayward affections and cultural trends – a trap, as we note, that many are saying has ensnared the Church in our day. Order your copy of The Church Captive by clicking here. What is a Wunderkammer? Bruce Van Patter invites you to wonder, as he explains here.
Your Opportunity to Share
Send us your summaries, reviews, and insights!
Read a good article lately? Or an important book? Send us your review, and I’ll post it on the Resources for Shepherds page of our website. Share an insight from your time in the Word, or a brief story about your ministry, and we can use that, too. Recommend a journal or website, and we’ll have a look. This is your forum to minister to one another, and we hope you’ll use it well.
Psalm of the Week
We’re all looking forward to the time when we can gather freely and joyously as the people of God in worship. Psalm 122 can keep us looking forward to that time with anticipation, and trusting the Lord to sustain us until then.
Psalm 122 (Nettleton: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing)
I was glad when they said to me, “To the Lord’s house let us go!”
Holy City, let our feet be firmly planted in your soil.
Jesus builds His Church forever, where His people sing His praise!
As Your Word decrees forever, we will thank You all our days.
On the throne of David, Jesus sits to judge the nations all.
As our holy peace increases we are safe who on You call.
Grant us peace, Lord, by Your favor; for Your people’s sake we pray.
For the Church’s sake, O Savior, we will seek Your good today.
The Revival that Saved Civilization
What in the world is “Ailbe”?
Yeah, we get that a lot. The name Ailbe is associated with the Celtic Revival (ca 430-800) in two places, each of which is important in understanding the mission of The Fellowship of Ailbe. This brief video explains it all. You can sample the resources that remain from this period by subscribing to our twice-weekly teaching letter, Crosfigell. Just use the pop-up to update your subscriptions, and join the hundreds of people who are reading from the writings of the saints and leaders from this period of Church history.
T. M. Moore
We hope you find Pastor to Pastor to be a helpful resource in your walk with and work for the Lord. If so, please prayerfully consider supporting The Fellowship of Ailbe with your prayers and gifts. You can contribute online via PayPal, or by sending a gift to The Fellowship of Ailbe, 360 Zephyr Road, Williston, VT 05495. Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All Psalms for singing are from The Ailbe Psalter.