Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. Psalm 63.3-5
Resources for Shepherds
Danté Stewart is right that we need a new vision for overcoming the racism and injustice of our society. He offers a Black man’s history and perspective on the issue, in what I consider to be an important contribution to this ongoing discussion. For a fuller review and link to the article, click here.
In a new Insight for this week, Anglican Deacon and Ailbe Brother David Sincerbox asks, “What is God trying to say to us?” Read David’s call to reassessment by clicking here.
Perhaps it’s time to renew your joy in the Lord? Nothing does that better for me than reading C. S. Lewis. See my review of two of his classics here.
I was challenged by a recent article in the Atlantic to take up the discipline of memorizing poetry. I have always been averse to this, but the writer offers some pretty good reasons why we should. So I’m having a go at it – one poem a month until the end of the year, just to see if it’s useful. Here’s the first poem I want to learn, by Emily Dickinson:
Tell all the Truth but tell it slant -
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind -
Here’s a link to the article, if you feel so inclined.
The Ailbe Seminary
Writing and your ministry
For an overview of the curriculum of The Ailbe Seminary, and some thoughts about how you and your leaders might benefit from these courses, click here to watch a brief video.
More about God’s Law
While we’re on the subject of God’s Law, if you’d like to sample some of the reasons why the Law continues to be the standard for liberty and love in the Christian community, download our free Scriptorium series, “The Law of God: Miscellanies” (click here).
We need revival!
At The Fellowship of Ailbe website
Bruce Van Patter continues his series of illustrated reflections on the book of Isaiah in his 8:18 column. You can read his latest entries by clicking here. Would you like to sample some of the writings of the period of Celtic Christianity? Read and subscribe to Crosfigell, our Tuesday and Thursday teaching letter that combines excerpts from Celtic Christian leaders with Scripture and a meditation to encourage us in our walk with and work for the Lord.
From the Ailbe Bookstore
Why are many contemporary Christian leaders and thinkers insisting that the Church today is captive to contemporary culture? Is this a new thing? What should be done about it? Our book The Church Captive addresses these questions and more. Order your copy by clicking here.
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Psalm of the Week
Feel free to use our weekly psalms for personal or corporate worship. All psalms for singing are from The Ailbe Psalter.
Psalm 63 (Nun Danken: Now Thank We All Our God)
O God, You are my God, and earnestly I seek You!
My soul thirsts and my flesh in weariness now greets You!
Thus I would see Your face, with glory and pow’r arrayed,
in this Your holy place – Your beauty here displayed.
Your steadfast love, O Lord, than life is better to me.
So I will praise Your Name, and bless You, Lord, most truly.
My soul is richly blest; to You my hands I raise,
and open now my mouth to offer joyful praise.
By night, Lord, fill my mind with pleasant meditation;
for You have been my help as ‘neath Your wings I station.
My soul clings, Lord, to You; I rest in Your Right Hand;
may all who seek my life in Your displeasure stand.
Unto the sword’s strong pow’r let our foes be delivered!
Pursue them to devour their mortal lives forever!
In God will we rejoice and glory in His grace;
but all who live by lies shall perish from His face.
From the Celtic Revival
On Columbanus (d. 415)
“There is something difficult for twentieth-century minds to grasp in this seventh-century Irishman who by choice lived below our poverty level; who founded a series of monasteries among foreign peoples; who made friends of bears and squirrels in a forest retreat; who wrote and enforced the severest ascetic rules; who took it upon himself to give advice to popes and dared to rebuke rulers with power to put him to death; who preached diligently from a fund of biblical knowledge; who was unsurpassed in classical learning among his contemporaries, loving and in a free way imitating the Latin poets; and who in his late years wrote a versified letter in a rare meter which, he explains, was practiced by Sappho.”
- John T. McNeill, The Celtic Churches
T. M. Moore
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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.