If you’re looking for ways to get involved with St. Alban’s (the Anglican ministry at The Citadel) then you’re at the right place! From here you can:
- Find out what’s going on…
- Interact with news and notes of general interest… (check out the blog below)
- Grow a small group…
- Sign into the lounge (for Cadets)
- Find ways you can help this fun, real, and enjoyable ministry!
Stay a while and enjoy!
Click here to pre-pay for Chick Fil A http://do.nr/dzm
We will have it fresh and hot for Monday Evening’s worship service at 6PM
(If you only get 1 sandwich, we will pay you back… so it only costs $3.00… our Credit Card company only lets our minimum be $5.00)
Please join us for the Homecoming Wine and Cheese reception from 2-5 PM on Friday November 1st
We will have great food, current cadets, and a new look at the beautification of the St. Alban’s Office and Lounge!
Please come by! (Especially if you’re in the picture below!).
This fall we enjoyed a fantastic service of the Blessing of the Rings. The Rev. Ian Boyd shared a fantastic sermon about the importance of Citadel men struggling with their weaknesses and finding Christ faithful to meet them where they are lacking. We enjoyed Bp. Skilton’s always lively leading of the liturgy and even his Spanish Blessing at the end of the service. It was a great worship service!
Making your way in the world today… Takes everything you’ve got
Taking a break from all your worries… Sure would help a lot
Wouldn’t you like to get away… Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name!
This past weekend, 30 cadets went to Camp St. Christopher to enjoy a great getaway and to hear some great stories. We heard from John Burwell, Christ Warner, Anna Smith, Trevor Spencer and others about how the Gospel has saved them and continues to save them. John shared straight from the heart how God was calling him into a personal relationship with Himself! Each person piggybacked on that theme driving hope the point that God wants a relationship with each one of us! And we all had an opprotunity to grow as a community, leaders, and in that very relationship. There are some great pics here on Facebook. (Like our page while you’re at it!)
This fall we start out the busy season with a new Administrative Assistant, Laura Haynie
Laura comes to us from that other school (Clemson) which is about to be beaten by the Bulldogs in an upcoming football match (Lord willing!). Laura has an infectious personality and has been enjoying learning the crazy ways of The Citadel.
Feel free to send her a note on Facebook or call the office and get to know this wonderful young lady!
They are here… and they are young! Beloit College puts out a yearly “mindset” list to help us understand the way the class of 2017 understands the world. Consider these facts:
- Eminem and LL Cool J could show up at parents’ weekend.
- GM means food that is Genetically Modified.
- Most have never gotten the chicken pox
- Having a chat has seldom involved talking
- Rites of passage have more to do with having their own cell phone and Skype accounts than with getting a driver’s license and car
- With GPS, they have never needed directions to get someplace, just an address
Day 9 – Lenses
The past few days we’ve been working on understanding the nature of the book of Revelation. At the end of the day the book is about the reality of the Gospel being realized in our lives (individually) and in the universe. God will heal our brokenness completely — including those ways that we simply have faith. Like victory over death. We have faith that it will happen… but the promises of Revelation are that Mr. Death will be subjected to the horror that “he” has subjected the creation to for so long. Death will die.
HOW that happens is captured in the book of Revelation… and depending on the lenses you wear the “How and When” work out in very different readings. The good news is that all those readings are faithful to the text even if they are different.
Historicist, Preterist, Futurist, and Idealist. Futurists believe the time clock starting the events of Revelation will begin “tomorrow”. Historicists believe that the time clock has already started and point to “today’s” incarnations of the Anti-Christ as proof. Preterists are weird… believing that the book is just a coded recording of what was going on in John’s day — “yesterday”. Futurist = tomorrow; Historicist = today; Preterists = yesterday.
I take the Idealist view (although the students can take any of the views.) I explained that the Idealist view believes that John was talking about “yesterday, today, and tomorrow” in a spiritual but nonetheless real way. Kind of like a Rolex.
A “Rolex” is a Chipati (think burrito shell) with an egg on top of it and tomatoes on top of that. Then it’s rolled together. Based on the nods and agreement… the illustration made it home.
If you’re still confused… don’t worry… we can go out to Qdoba and get a burrito and I’ll explain when I get back!!
Day 8 – Rabbit
Wow… I just enjoyed my first rabbit. And he was wonderful!
I do have to say that it was a bit unique to meet my meal a few hours before I ate him! Here at African Renewal University they grow rabbits to provide meat. The farm attached to the University provides 60% of the food needed for the students and serves as a demonstration project for the students to learn about stewardship.
As part of the demonstration, they grow rabbits because they grow fast, need little space, and two rabbits can produce more meat than a cow’s meat in one year. Strategic stewardship!
The only thing that bothered me was WHO was chosen to be led to the slaughter. They chose the heavy males. Hmmmm… a little close to home if you ask me!
Oh well… he sure tasted good! Thank The Lord for some meat… the first of the trip!
Prosperity Gospel bothers a young staff member
All of our team went to different places for church — and we all had very different experiences. I visited a “solo” church with a great faithful pastor. The church wasn’t that big… but it was a great church that obviously loves Jesus!! Another went to a church that has 7 branches all together led by one pastor (he’s in my class getting some theological education). Another went to a slightly larger church. Each of us had a great experience.
One of our team, however, went to a church that was a little outside the box. He preached a good sermon… enjoyed their worship… and was shocked when they took up the offering. They had 5 offerings… including one in which the people who gave would receive a special prayer and blessing from the pastor. Yuck.
This is known as the prosperity Gospel and we see it in our country on TBN and through various preachers like Creflo Dollar and Joel Osteen.
According to them… you just need to be faithful and “plant a seed” and then God can work in your life to give you a blessing.
Whoops… I thought we couldn’t be faithful!! I thought we were sinners!! I thought that Jesus blessed and even saved those who were not faithful!!
This “prosperity gospel” forgets the Gospel that we are broken… and He’s the only one who can put us back together. We have been saved by his work on the cross and He’s still saving us… and one day he will complete the process!!!
Well — suffice it to say, one of the students from the University who accompanied our team member made it clear that this is exactly the reason we need theological education — so we can (in his words), “Fight the wolves who care nothing for the needs of the sheep”.
Do they speak English in Uganda? Yes.
Is it my kind of English? Nope!!
In Churches they speak the local languages so that people can hear the Gospel in their native language and will feel encouraged in a way that is most natural for them. When English is used in non-academic settings, everyone has to move very slow to make sure the heavy American or Ugandan accent doesn’t trip things up.
When I got to church this morning, I wasn’t sure when I would speak. I was a guest preacher at a Pentecostal church and, well, let’s just say it isn’t like the 8:00 service at Holy Cross. Well, it wasn’t like anything I’ve ever seen in the United States. But, it was a taste of the worship we will enjoy around the Throne – a true experience of God’s kingdom.
The funny thing about the worship was the translator. She was fantastic — but didn’t know she was going to be translating that morning. We worked well together and she was able to follow the flow of my preaching fairly well. The funny moment happened when I said something in Ugandan. I was preaching on Acts 5… the disciples are behind locked doors… and I said, Jesus came and said, “Wah-sue-zot-ja” and she said, “How was the night!”
All of the sudden, she realized that she was speaking English and tilted her head to one side and looked at me funny. I returned the look and asked her if she wanted me to continue in Lugandan… and she could do the English. And… well… the thought of that made everyone laugh!
I long for the day when language will no longer be a barrier between our communication but instead will be a sweet addition, like the many voices of the orchestra, to the music around the throne!