Friday Links – July 15, 2011

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!

Qualities and Skills for Bishops

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.

Amy-Jill Levine in the Church Times

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.