The Next Step

The next step in the evolution of the Anglican Internet Church is in the works. I’m exploring the creation of a charitable trust which would operate the site into the indefinite future, preserving public access to the library of resources available through the site. The trust would be funded to ensure that all the necessary sites and links are maintained and freely available to the public. I’ve asked several trusted people to serve as trustees. There are some technical issues still to be resolved. Under the proposed plan all the site content would remain in my name with my copyrights in effect.

Meanwhile, I continue to upgrade various assets on the site, including a 2022 edition of The Twelve Days of Christmas video series. The program is getting a facelift, with many new slides and a format making it consistent with all the other upgraded video series in the site. Nearly all the changes to the files are complete and only need the conversion into iMovie format and final uploading. I’m hopeful this can be completed in January and February. In the coming months, I plan to upgrade all the earlier bookstore publications to eliminate dated content, references to social media sites no longer used and cross-references to the New Testament series of five books.

I thank all of you who have supported the site over the last ten years, as it evolved into a unique set of Christian study resources. May God continue to bless you in all that you do in His Name. Amen!

Glory be to God for all things.

Progress Report for Christmas A.D. 2021

I had hoped to finish all the updates to existing material during A.D. 2021, but I could not get the work done in time. The resources that have been saved at http://www.AnglicanInternetChurch.net are quite large: 1) 18 video series with almost 200 episodes. 2) Seventeen books, some with Kindle editions already completed and available and others with work still in progress or not yet started. I’ve fixed many issues regarding links to my Amazon Author Central page. All the print books are now included on the site. 3) Over 225 podcast, some with accurate links and some with confused links that need fixing. Finally, seventeen books

Nonetheless, here’s the latest progress:

Podcast Homilies: all Podcast Homilies have now been updated, saved and linked from the Podcast Homilies page to our podcast site (Podbean.com).

Video Series: There are now almost 200 videos hosted at our Vimeo.com site, with links from the Digital Library page or Bible Study/New Testament pages. I had thought that I had fixed all the issues with The Twelve Days of Christmas series, but during this season it became evident that there are still several technical issues which need resolution. These include correction of technical issues (stutters, mumbles/fumbles, and incorrrect or incomplete picture credits). These cannot be changed until after the 2021-2022 A.D. Christmas season is over.

Podcast Links: There still remain several issues concerning the podcast links for some of the video series. Again, these cannot be repaired until early next year.

Amazon Author Central: I had not known that Amazon had made changes to their Author Central site. I have now adjusted AIC Bookstore materials to include all seventeen books. As noted above, the Kindle editions for the newest books are not complete.

Meanwhile: I remind site visitors and followers to view the appropriate episodes in the Twelve Days series. As of today, all twelve links now go to the correct file at Vimeo. As far as I can tell, there are no more dead links to our former site host’s site.

Thanks again for your interest and support. May God bless you in all that you do in His name! Amen!

Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

Podcast Homilies Revised through Sunday after Ascension

All the Podcast Homilies from First Sunday in Advent through Sunday after Ascension have been updated and the files linked from the Podcast Homilies page. The podcasts for Whitsunday/Pentecost and Trinity Sunday are currently being edited, with completion expected before Christmas. I am suspending further work on the podcast until after New Year’s Day.

The revised version of Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve is now linked from the Welcome page and also the Digital Library page. The new music by Richard M. S. Irwin is inspiring. His web site http://www.hymnswithoutwords.com continues to offer music to parishes without a pianist or organist.

I wish each of you a Merry Christmas. And may God bless you in all that you do in His Name! Amen!

Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve – 2021 Edition

Finally, the 2021 Edition, started in early summer with the help of Richard M. S. Irwin in England, is now complete and linked from the Digital Library page. Thanks to the sharp eyes and ears of Richard, an error was discovered in the version linked in August. The error was the result of my using the American words to Good Christian Men, Rejoice, and Richard playing to the English version, which differs by one bar in the first verse.

With this new version, this year, anyone anywhere, anytime can have access to a traditional version of this classic Anglican program for Christmas Eve. Patterned after the much longer service at King’s College, Cambridge, England, this version features new music arranged and performed by Richard in a variety of media. The readings are from the Nativity narrative in the Gospel of Luke plus a reading from John 1.

Again, I thank Richard for his hard work in making this possible and to my wife, Corkie, for reviewing the slide

Revised Podcast Homilies Now Appearing

With the publication of The Acts of the Apostles: Annotated & Illustrated and the completion of the rebuilding of all 28 episodes in our video series on Revelation: an Idealist Interpretation, I’ve turned my attention to finishing the planned upgrading of our unique Podcast Homilies series. I thought it was time for a complete overhaul of the series with which I started the AIC on the Web more than a decade ago. The AIC began with live broadcasting of services from my former parish via the pioneering but now-gone vendor, UStream. From that base, I built the 10-12 minute MP3 podcast homilies programs which attracted a significant following of the Web.

In 2020 and 2021, the focus was on updating all the video series, which now come to about 19 different programs presented in almost 200 episodes. I had worked on updating the Advent, Christmas and Epiphany series early in 2021, but never finished the job. I was not satisfied with the end product and quit before completing the Epiphany series.

This week I realized what it was that was missing from the old-style MP3 podcasts: music and a more complete connection between the MP3-based programs, the AIC Bookstore Publications (now with 17 books) and the teaching videos with beautiful and inspiring images Christians have created since the 6th C. A.D. The revised and expanded Podcast Homilies series opens with the same theme music used in the Seasonal Video series on the season in the Church Year, plus fixes a number of very technical issues, and adds more context plus more complete cross-referencing to the library of materials now available on or through this web site.

I hope each of you enjoys these changes. And, if all goes well, I will uploaded the new version of Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve, which features new music recorded for us in England by Richard M. S. Irwin (www.hymnswithoutwords.com).

Thank you for your interest and support. And, as always, may the Lord bless you in all that you do in His Name! Amen.

Glory be to God for all things! Amen.

Joyful News – It’s Done!

This afternoon I completed and uplinked from this web site all 28 revised episodes in Revelation: an Idealist Interpretation. There was so much new material that Episode 26 and Episode 28 had to be divided into two parts each. Episode 27 and Episode 28 offer a visual feast of colorful images from nearly all the major surviving manuscripts of St. John’s masterwork from the 8th to the 14th C. I expect to covert all the videos into podcasts in MP3 format during the next ten days.

Also completed this week was the 2021 upgrade and rebuilding of Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve, which features all new music by Richard M. S. Irwin. The episode will be linked from this web site before the end of this week. I again thank Richard Irwin for his participation in this enterprise. I wanted Christians anywhere to have access to the traditional Anglican service in this age of lockdowns. The revised program has a running time of just over 25 minutes.

The next project is the completion of the planned upgrade of all the Podcast Homilies for the Sundays in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. The scripts for all the revisions have completed but only those for Advent through Epiphany have been recorded. My plan is to release the already completed work before starting on the Sundays in “Gesima”, Lent, Easter and Trinitytide. These latter will be completed and released before the start of each season.

With the publication last month of the fifth book in the New Testament series, I intend to prepare an advertising campaign for the whole range of materials offered through this web site. These now include almost 200 videos across 18 different series, 17 books, and hundreds of podcasts.

I thank those of you who have been following this work over the last ten years, and those who have recently signed on as subscribers. May God continue to bless you in all that you. do in His Name. Amen. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

Another Set of Revelation Episodes Completed

This afternoon I completed the revisions and uploading of several additional episodes in the 2021 Edition of Revelation: an Idealist Interpretations. Episodes are now complete and linked from both the Revelation and Welcome pages for Episode One through Episode Twenty-three. Episode Twenty-four could be ready on First Sunday in Advent. There are many more illustrations and cross-references to Other AIC Resources on the same topics. Thank you for your patience in awaiting release of these upgraded episodes.

Excellent Progress on the New Videos on Revelation

I’m very happy to report that the 2021 Edition of Revelation: an Idealist Interpretation video series has now been updated (video only, as of today) through Episode Fifteen (the Mighty Angel and the Little Book). Additionally, I have finished all the slides and scripts for Episodes Sixteen and Seventeen. I expect to have them uploaded before Thanksgiving. The faster production is owed to efficiencies in the production method (less wasted time going back and forth between slide fixes and soundtrack adjustments. With some good fortune I could have the whole series updated before the end of the year. I will have to stop production of the Revelation series in order to complete the update to Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve.

The next projects are the planned upgrades to the Podcast Homilies series. I’ve completed but not uploaded the homilies for Advent, Christmas and part of Epiphany.

I thank you for your continued interest and support.

First Eight Episodes in Revelation

The first eight episodes in the revised version of our Bible Study Video series, Revelation: an Idealist Interpretation, are now live on our Vimeo channel, with links from the Bible Study/Revelation page. This third version of the series, not counting the original live broadcast via the Internet, incorporates many changes into the series. The video series has been restructured with many new illustrations, corrections to technical issues in previous versions, including removal of my own stutters, coughs, and as many mis-pronounciations as I am aware of, and a complete cross-reference to Other AIC Resources on topics discussed in each episode.

Additionally, I have made the appearance of the series more consistent with the presentation style used in other productions. The original series used a style featured columns of text for the actual readings from Revelation. This method proved entirely unsatisfactory for use the the iMovie system provided by Apple. In this new version, the text of Revelation is presented in a series of slides in the 4 x 3 format, each with a mini-graphic which appears later in its full form (in most cases). Further, I have made the video version a free-standing program with illustrations from as many manuscripts of Revelation that I could find the digital archives of libraries in the U.S., England and Europe. These include the Bible of San Paulo fuori le Mura (circa 870-875 A.D., produced is association with the coronation of Charlemagne as the first modern Holy Roman Emperor in 875 A.D. at Rome); the Saint-Saver Beatus (11th C., France), the Beatus of Liebana (10th C., Spain), and the Bamberg Apocalypse (circa 1000-1020 A.D., Reichenau, Germany) as well as lesser works in the collection of the British Library, London, England. As an aid to viewers, I have also included internal cross-references to earlier and future citations of or uses of the same quotations or topics. This leaves the print book, Revelation: an Idealist Interpretation, as the only place to find full size illuminations from the Bamberg Apocalypse, which is the finest and most extraordinary illumination of John’s manuscript ever produced. It is available on demand in paperback and Kindle editions through my Amazon Author Central page: https://www.Amazon.com/author/ronald-e-shibley.

In Episode 2 I have improved (I hope) the graphics associated with explanations of the important numbers used frequently in Revelation. In Episode 3 through Episode 8, I have replaced earlier graphics with a circa 1888 A.D. map of Asia in the 1st C. A.D., upon which the location of each church circled in bright yellow. Also new to this version are several new photographs of the remains of churches and basilicas at the historic sites in modern Turkey.

Revelation – The Video series

Updates to Revelation: an Idealist Interpretation, the Bible Study Video version, continue. The series is the last to be updated to our most recent formats and cross-referenced to Other AIC Resources on this site. The series began live in 2013 A.D. as part of a series of livestream broadcasts over the web. It was updated to a different format in 2014 A.D. A further update was introduced around 2015 A.D., following my retirement from pulpit ministry. Each episode was a work in progress and there was no plan for now many episodes would be required to complete the project, which ended up with 28 episodes.

The revised edition of the series will have a cleaner look, more slides and a lot of images that were not part of the original series. For example, in the version that is still available on this web site, at the end of Episode Fourteen (Chapter 9) the final slide is No. 330. In the 2021 Edition the last slide in the same episode is No. 511. Here are some highlights: l. There are more maps and many new photographs in the section on the Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia Minor. 2. I have abandoned the format created for the livestreaming version of following the text down a column from top to bottom with mini-images. The iMovie format I now use allows for more fluid movement from slide-t0-slide and so all the reading texts are now presented with a single image plus text and more white space behind the text. 3. Many slides have been split into several slides, allowing tighter focus on the content. 4. I have been removing all references to our former video site host. The new versions are hosted at our Vimeo.com site. 5. I have adjusted the script to remove all out-of-date references to current events and future events/scheduled event. 6, and finally, the series has also been adapted to fit the Watch-Listen-Read initiative introduced early in 2020 A.D. into all the other video series. Revelation will have this closing slide for each episode.

I have completed all the slide and script changes for Episode One through Episode Fourteeen. Viewers can expect to see episode beginning to appear toward the end of October. While there is an end format of 28 episodes, I continue to run into roadblocks in executing the changes. This is a tedious and time-consuming venture so there is no timetable. Viewers can expect to see episode beginning to appear toward the end of October. Please be assured that all content will continue to be presented in the same episode number as in the existing format. The old video and podcast files will be removed as new versions are posted.

Thank you for your continued interest and support. Royalties for all sixteen books in the AIC Bookstore are deposited monthly to the AIC bank account.

May God bless you in all that you do in His Name. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!