Bryan C. Hollon

Occassional Writtings and Links of Interest

Why Emphasize the Psalms?

Like all liturgical traditions, Anglicans read from the book of Psalms at every eucharistic service. Our liturgy generally includes readings from an Old Testament book, a Psalm, an Epistle, and a Gospel. What this means is that we spend more time in the book of Psalms than in any other book of the bible. Have you ever wondered about this? Why so much emphasis on the Psalms in worship?

Christmas Changes Everything

The image featured in this post is from the famous, and highly complicated, 20th-century English artist, Sir Stanley Spencer. The work is titled Travoys Arriving with Wounded at a Dressing Station at Smol, Macedonia. I first encountered this painting reading a book by a Cambridge theologian named Michael Banner. It has stuck with me ever since, and I often think of it around Christmas time because it suggests that Jesus’ birth changes everything. 

Marriage & The Common Good

Last month, I submitted a teacher/scholar proposal for a small grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, which is funded by the Lilly Endowment. If you are interested, you can read a little bit about the proposal below. Regardless of whether we receive the funds, I am planning to develop a ministry focused on the good of christian marriage at St. John’s beginning next year. 

The Form of Christian Faith, Part II: Catechesis

If you missed my recent presentation for the C.S. Lewis Institute, then you can find it here. This was the second half of a two part lecture series titled, “The Form of Christian Faith,” and the focus was catechesis.

The Form of Christian Faith, Part I: Canon & Creed

If you missed Part I of our two part lecture series for the C.S. Lewis Institute, “The Form of Christian Faith,” you can listen to a recording here.

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