CSO Quartet

CSO STRING QUARTET | FREE CONCERT
HISTORIC CHURCH | FRI | APR 17 | 730PM

The past several years have seen a deepening partnership between St. Andrew’s and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.  As an expression of gratitude, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra String Quartet is presenting a free program in our Historic Church (on the corner of Whilden & Venning in Mt. Pleasant) this evening.

The program includes:

Mozart | Divertimento in D Major, K.136
Haydn | String Quartet Op.76 No.4 “Sunrise”
Beethoven | String Quartet Op.18 No.4

Please join us!

When Brian Doerksen’s son was born with Fragile X his family was changed forever.  Watch their story:

simeon-trust-e1417031889985-270x250Please join me for a workshop on Biblical exposition put on by the Charles Simeon Trust and hosted by St. Andrew’s in Mount Pleasant, next month, May 20-22.

We know that the Gospel is the “power of God unto salvation” (Rom 1.16) and that a major part of our effectiveness in ministry depends upon the proclamation of the Gospel in the preached word.  As a central part of our ministry, it is no surprise that there is a desire amongst many of us to grow in our preaching abilities.  And yet, I have heard from so many clergy that there are few opportunities for clergy to get training to really grow in this area.  For that reason, I am pleased to host this workshop.  This workshop will be run by an organization world renowned for it’s quality, and commitment to training excellent preachers.  The leader of the workshop, The Revd Mike Cain (Church of England) is the Rector of Emmanuel Bristol at Westbury, a church planter and author.  Our focus will be Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.  At the workshop participants will

Improve their expository preaching skills

Prepare a sermon series on a portion of Ephesians

Encourage and strengthen one another in the ministry of Gospel proclamation

I do hope you can join us as we seek to grow together in our ability to preach the Gospel.

To register for the workshop click here and make sure to click the proper registration link for the event at St. Andrew’s Church in Charleston, S.C.

Questions about the event? click here.

 

 

AshleyNullA few weeks ago we (St. Andrew’s and the Diocese of the Carolinas) had the pleasure of hosting The Rev’d Dr Ashley Null, the theological advisor to the Diocese of the Carolinas, for two-days of teaching and ministry.  As a part of his time with us Ashley sat down with The Rev’d Claudia Dickson Greggs for a little chat about his life and work.  Claudia writes occasional papers for the Diocese entitled,Perspectives, in which she highlights some of the various people and ministries associated with the Diocese of the Carolinas.  Following is a snip of her article, the full article is linked below.

Grace and gratitude play a central role in The Rev’d Dr. Ashley Null’s life and work. Ashley is an authority on the English Reformation – particularly the theology of Thomas Cranmer, who was the author of the first Book of Common Prayer and the Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of King Henry VIII and Edward VI.   Ashley also serves as a senior research fellow for The Ridley Institute and a theological consultant to the Diocese of the Carolinas, most recently giving a series of thought-provoking lectures to the clergy of the diocese. In those lectures, Ashley talked about how Cranmer’s understanding of God’s grace and mercy shaped the Communion service he composed for the first English Prayer Books (or the 1552 Book of Common Prayer).

A similar understanding – of how God’s grace, freely offered in love, sets the stage for us to acknowledge our sinfulness and repent – has shaped Ashley’s life. Although born in Birmingham, Alabama, (‘Ashley’ is a family name) he was reared in Salina, Kansas, and since his father was an Episcopalian, the Null family attended Christ Episcopal Cathedral, where the bishop of the Diocese of Western Kansas was in residence. His mother had been raised in the Baptist church (her great-great-grandfather was the first Secretary of the Southern Baptist Foreign Missions Board) but with Pentecostal influences– and all of these Christian traditions – Anglican, Evangelical and Pentecostal – played an important role in Ashley’s formation as a Christian. The Book of Common Prayer, with its liturgies and prayers rooted in Scripture, held a special appeal for him.

Read the rest.

Happy Easter!

April 5, 2015 — Leave a comment

Joy!!!

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john-donneToday is the commemoration of John Donne.  Timothy George over at First Things has written a nice article, Flesh and Dust, to mark the day.  An excerpt follows:

Donne would be a lot more popular today if he had been a “name it and claim it” kind of Christian. But however ecstatic his experience of God might have been, the dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral continued to struggle with such disagreeable realities as sin, suffering, repentance, sickness, decay, and death. We prefer a Lent with all lilies and no ashes. But Donne knew that the difficult disciplines of prayer, fasting, self-denial, and cross-bearing, together with the holy discontent of waiting for an answer that does not come—such rigors are necessary medicines for what he called the “insatiable whirlpool of the covetous mind.”

John Calvin once wrote that “we cannot imagine any certainty that is not tinged with doubt, or any assurance that is not assailed by some anxiety” (Inst. 3.2.17). Donne had lots of doubts and anxieties within—and they were matched by the cosmic angst without, in the universe where not even God’s love could move the sun around the earth anymore, as Dante had once assumed. But Donne also knew the forgiveness and freedom that flows from God’s grace and mercy. Such consolations drew him closer to God as he grew weaker in body, languishing away in the illness that would lead to his death.

Here is a bit more biography, a smattering of his writings, and a collect for the day.

Excellent article from Carl Trueman:

Satire has often been the first and most discerning enemy of power and tyranny which is why it is so hated by the powerful and the tyrannical. And it is also thrives upon the most basic of liberal freedoms, that of speech.  Think of Karl Kraus and his satirizing of the Nazis. Think of those who in the West today are most subversive of politically correct pieties: is it not the great satirists who simply refuse to allow the great and the good to take themselves seriously without challenge?

Read the rest.

A Timeline For Holy Week

March 29, 2015 — 1 Comment

With help from the ESV Study Bible, here’s an attempted harmony/chronology of the words and actions of Jesus in the final week of his pre-resurrection life.

Read it all.