The LORD said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion.
Rule in the midst of Your enemies!
Your people shall be volunteers
In the day of Your power;
In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning,
You have the dew of Your youth. Psalm 110.1-3
Resources for Shepherds
What’s the role of shame in a society like ours? Peter N. Stearns has some helpful thoughts. Here’s a summary of and link to his article.
David Sincerbox continues his Insight series on discipleship and the church with a posting about the role of vision in a healthy, growing church (click here).
The Brothers of The Fellowship of Ailbe have just finished reading and discussing Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic study of Life Together. Here’s a brief review of the book, and some encouragement for you and your leaders to work through it together.
The Ailbe Seminary
What is a Christian worldview? How does it relate to other worldviews? Where does the soul fit into this? And what makes for a healthy, growing church? Yeah, and what about culture? These are a few of the ideas addressed in our Ailbe Seminary seminar, “One in Twelve.” Learn more about it and take your leaders through it by clicking here. There’s no charge for taking this seminar, but your leaders will be charged up after doing so.
Hope for the Church
In 1 Corinthians 16.13, 14, Paul outlines an agenda for bringing hope to struggling churches. Our ReVision study, “Hope for the Church,” develops these verses into a strategy for renewal. It’s free and available by clicking here. Share it with your church’s leaders.
We need revival!
At The Fellowship of Ailbe website
Stan Gale on Jesus in the Gospel of John; Mike Slay on Biblical justice; John Nunnikhoven asking whether “all things” really means “all things”; Bruce Van Patter’s continued study of Isaiah – all are available just below the fold on the home page of The Fellowship of Ailbe. Update your subscriptions by using the pop-up.
From the Ailbe Bookstore
“Crazy.” “Weird.” “Scary.” “Uncertain.” “Exciting.” These are just a few of the terms I’ve heard used to describe the times we’re going through. No matter how we describe them, it’s important for Christian leaders to understand them, so that, like the sons of Issachar, we’ll know what the people of God should be doing. Our book, Understanding the Times is designed to do just that, with chapters on secularism, the works of God, the divine economy, the restraint of evil, 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.
(Aurelia: The Church’s One Foundation)
“Sit by Me at My right hand,” the Lord says to my Lord,
“until I make Your foot stand on all who hate Your Word.”
From in His Church the Savior rules all His enemies;
while those who know His favor go forth the Lord to please.
Filled with the Spirit’s power, in holy robes of love,
from early morning’s hour they serve their Lord above.
Christ reigns a priest forever, the King of Righteousness
and King of Peace who ever His chosen ones will bless.
The Lord at Your right hand, Lord, in wrath shall shatter kings,
when judgment by His strong Word, He to the nations brings.
Then, all His foes defeated, He takes His hard-won rest,
in glorious triumph seated with us, redeemed and blessed!
From the Celtic Revival
Those ancient Irish Christians had some great insights. Here’s a brief excerpt from a document entitled, Saltair na Rann (The Psalter of Fifties):
Even if I had a hundred strong tongues
with which to speak faultlessly,
I could never relate
one hundredth of the wonders of my High King –
The eternal lofty Over-King of the varied world,
who has numbered every skillful multitude,
our Pillar, our Patron, our Abbot,
the lofty King Who has created.
The Celtic Revival was a movement of God’s Spirit that began with the ministry of Patrick, somewhere around the middle of the fifth century. It engulfed all of Ireland, then overflowed – for nearly four centuries! – to catch up all of Britain and much of the rest of Europe in a revival that, in the words of Thomas Cahill, “saved civilization.” If you’d like to learn more about this period, write to me, and I’ll send you a free PDF copy of our book, The Celtic Revival: A Brief Introduction.
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.