It is almost past time for Friday Links. But I’ll squeeze them in under the wire.
Here is a fine article by Bishop Schnase, the Bishop of the Missouri Annual Conference, on the qualifications for the office of Bishop. The article is profound!
Here are some thoughts by Amy-Jill Levine, a Professor of Jewish and New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt. I had the privilege of hearing her at the Binns Lectures at William Jewell College a couple of years ago.
I’d also like to shamelessly promote the Academy of Parish Clergy. The Academy is an organization dedicated to excellence in ministry and offers an annual retreat, a journal, and collegial fellowship with other clergy. It is a very unique and valuable ecumenical group.
A technology related link worth checking out:
Readibility – a site promoting less cluttered reading on the internet. I like the way it strips out the junk and leaves you with an article you can read on the internet or on your Kindle.
Here is a link to one of my favorite sermons of John Wesley – “Means of Grace” which describes Wesley’s views on the sacraments. If you are a Methodist and haven’t read this sermon you should! In the same vein here is a link to Wesley’s sermon on the Duty of Constant Communion.
By water and the Spirit – A Report of the Baptism Study Committee which explains the United Methodist view of Baptism.
This Holy Mystery – A United Methodist understanding of the sacrament of Holy Communion. This gives a link to a downloadable PDF.