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!

2021 Upgrades to The Lives of the Saints Videos

Our celebration of the start of the AIC’s 2nd decade on the Web continues with the 2021 A.D. editions of The Lives of the Saints, First Series (16 episodes) and The Lives of the Saints, Second Series (31 Episodes). All the episodes of both series are now linked from the Digital Library page. The podcast versions will be linked from the Podcast Archive page during the period from 9/10 to 9/17. This is the first major rebuiling of the series that was originally begun in 2015 A.D. following my retirement from pulpit ministry. Producing these episodes took nearly two years. During that period I was learning more about how to turn my Tuesday night Holy Communion homilies into both video and podcast forms.

It was a learn-by-doing experience. Getting them on the air had the highest priority. And when they were done, there was always something else to do that had a higher priority than proof-reading and revising these earlier works. And there were certain technical difficulties. First, the original system for making the videos involved making a small deskt0p sound house constructed out of foam core board and egg-crate rubber foam sound deadening. Since I had to put my old Dell laptop inside the little desktop house so that I would read the script as I spoke caused, when combined with the chemicals in the foam, caused breathing issues. There were extraneous sounds, including aspirated breath, neighbor’s lawn mowers, cell phone rings and airplane noises that could not be filtered out.

What’s changed now is that the COVID scare led to more efficient recording devices for use in distance learning. A business friend of mine intrduced me to a new kind of headset made for home recording and broadcasting. The set covers both ears and includes a great directional microphone which shuts out nearly any sound beyond a few inches away. With this new set up, during the last six months I’ve listened to every episode, removing stumbles, mumbles, transposed dates and other errors. Corrections have been made in several ways. First, I have overwritten certain parts with, I hope, correct pronunciations and dates. I have also added certain explanatory material that was uncovered during the production of the four Gospel books and the illustrated verions of Acts. Further, the 2021 A.D. upgrade also includes cross-referencing, where appropriate, to Other AIC Resources on related or similar topics in print, video and audio formats. Additionally, I removed all references to our former site hosts for our videos and to social media sites which the AIC no longer uses. The cross-references, I hope, will help readers and listeners to follow up their interest in specific topics.

I hope listeners and viewers will be pleased with the result.

MOre updates

This week, instead of my usual Weekly Update email, I’m using the blog to convey news of the latest progress in upgrading and updating the material on this web site. By the end of today, 8/20, I expect to complete the revisions to both episodes of Christmas: the Nativity of Our Lord. The series is the last of the Seasonal Videos to be upgraded in 2021. The upgrades include some replacement images and complete cross-reference to Other AIC Resources.

The remaining series that are in the process of getting upgrades are both series in The Lives of the Saints. The First Series is focused on the 1928 B.C.P. Saints, that is those eighteen names which remained on the canonical list in the first Anglican prayer book, the 1549 Book of Common Prayer. Archbishop Cranmer was under pressure concerning the whole concept of sainthood. He and his advisers decided to prune the list of saints, which had grown to enormous size over the generations, leaving only those persons actually named in Scripture. Over the generations since many names have been added to the list of canonical saints but the prayer book list had not changed. The generally-accepted (by Anglicans) list of “other saints” was printed in Lesser Feasts and Fasts. I use the 1963 edition. All the necessary changes have been made, leaving only the making of new videos. The Second Series honors 35 saints, including the three Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, who are celebrated on 28 Holy Days during the year. These come from both the Western and Eastern Church traditions. This series includes several Anglican saints, William Laud (Jan. 10), Lancelot Andrewes (Sep. 25/26), the three English Martyrs: Thomas Cranmer, Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer (Oct. 16) and Margaret of Scotland (Nov. 16). If all goes well with the editing the 47 episodes in the two series could be completed and online by the middle of September.

The completion of the three video series will leave only the Podcast Homilies for the Sundays in the 1928 B.C.P. to be revised.

One final note: an error was discovered in Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve in which the music for Good Christian Men Rejoice has two more lines than the text in the slides. A new recording has been produced and will be introduced into the video later this month,

As always, thank you for your interest and support. May God bless you in all that you do in His name. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

More great news

As part of the AIC’s celebration of the start of our 2nd decade on the Web, we have produced two more volumes in the illustrated New Testament series. The Gospel of Matthew: Annotated & Illustrated and The Acts of the Apostles: Annotated & Illustrated. These two new books should be available in September or October, depending upon the final proofreading cycle. The Matthew volume has 262 pages, with 117 illustrations, including two rarely-seen illuminations of the visit of the three kings to the Holy Family produced at Reichenau, Germany in the early 11th C. and 14 images of Matthew from the 8th to the 15th C. The Acts volume, which will be first illustrated version of The Acts of the Apostles, will have 224 pages, including with 77 illustrations from the 9th to the 21st C. These include mosaics, icon, engravings, watercolors, painting. stained glass windows, a 16th C. silver and gilt plaque of the Healing of the Lame Man at the Beautiful Gate, and several maps showing the route of Paul’s Missionary Journey and his voyage to Rome. Both books will be available in paperback and in a facsimile edition on Kindle.

Early this morning I completed work on the 2021 Edition of Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve. This year I have replaced all ten carols with music arranged and produced in England by Richard M. S. Irwin. These new edition is offered as way around the COVID restrictions on religious services. Through the link to our Vimeo site on the Digital Library page on this site, anyone, anywhere, can experience great music and the uplifting readings from the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of John. Richard has chosen a mix of arrangement on organ, piano, theorbo, ensemble, chamber orchestra and brass. The images have been upgraded, too. The video is uploading to our Vimeo site as I write.

On a personal note, Corkie and I are celebrating our 49th anniversary with several events, including a hardshell crab dinner in our dining tent last night and a crab cake meal tonight. With beer last night and well-chilled Henri de Villamont Cremant de Bourgogne Blanc de blancs tonight.

Next week, I will start work on the next phase of the 2nd Decade celebration with the first upgrade in the Lives of the Saints, First Series. Later in the year, the second series will also be upgraded.

Thank you all 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!

Exciting times

I’m nearing the end of upgrading of every aspect of the AIC’s presence online and I wanted to share this update with subscribers and users of the site. First, what’s been done.

The AIC Bookstore: The Gospel of …. Annotated & Illustrated series is almost complete. The Matthew volume is in the final stages of proofreading and could be available this Fall. The Acts of the Apostles: Annotated & Illustrated will be sent to KDP Publishing for production of print proof next week. The volume will have 224 pages and 77 illustrations, including maps, from the 9th to the 21st C. I believe it will be the first illustrated version of Acts ever produced. The link to order any AIC Bookstore Publication is: https://www.amazon.com/author/ronald-e-shibley.

The Podcast Archive: I am working on upgrading the MP3 Podcast versions of the soundtrack for the Bible Study, Christian Education & Seasonal video series. These podcasts are linked from either the Podcast Archive or Podcast Homilies pages on this site. All are hosted on our Podbean site, which I am in the process of updating to repair broken links and remove outdated material. I still need to record revised Podcast Homilies for all the Sundays in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer to make them fully cross-referenced to the bookstore, video and podcast libraries. I have finished the Advent, Christmas and first four in Epiphany season. With luck and Grace this can be done before the start of a new Church Year on the First Sunday in Advent.

The Digital Library: The Digital Library hosts links to all three categories of videos: Bible Study/Christian Education/Seasonal. These are all hosted on our Vimeo channel. I still need to update the links to the Revelation series for the Vimeo versions of Revelation/Nicene Creed/The Lord’s Prayer series. This month I’ve been working with Richard M. S. Irwin to produce a 2021 edition of Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve. Richard is preparing ten new recordings.

As always, thank you 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!