Podcast Updates Coming This Summer

I know it’s barely Spring but I’ve been working out what projects to attempt in the coming Summer. My thinking was sparked by two events: a chance meeting last Sunday at Good Shepherd Anglican, Wayneboro, VA, and the number of notices of new viewers/reader following this blog. What was said at Waynesboro encouraged me greatly. The person involved had been following my work from my days as Rector at the now-closed St. John Chrysostom Anglican Church in Richmond, VA. He’d seen the live broadcasts of service via one of the earliest streaming services, UStream, and was aware of the later development of The Anglican Internet Church programs, which led to the creation of this web site. Knowing that there are people out there buying AIC Bookstore Publications and watching the rebuilt videos via our new host site at Vimeo.com makes the continued efforts to upgrade all the features of of this site more meaningul.

Before I share the news of what’s next, let me quickly review what’s happened so far since last Fall: First, the updating of all 45 episodes in the New Testament: Gospels; the 8 episodes in The Nicene Creed; both episodes of The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase; all but one of Seasonal Video series for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, “Gesima,” Lent, Good Friday, Easter and Trinitytide; and the first episode in the revised version of The War on Christianity are now available through links on either the Bible Study/New Testament or Digital Library pages. Second, the publication of the first two of the four books in The Gospel of… series. The two completed books are The Gospel of John: Annotated.& Illustrated and The Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustrated. Both books are available in paperback and Kindle editions (with the Kindle version offering a facsimile of the pages of the print version). The Gospel of Mark: Annotated & Illustrated is ready to go to print pending receipt of a single image from a library in Germany. Once I receive the image, I can have the book in print within a week. The final book, the longest in the series, The Gospel of Matthew: Annotated & Illustrated has just started the proofing process using an 8.5 x 11 printed page format. I don’t anticipate completion before midsummer. The missing Seasonal Video is Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve, but the wait should prove worthwhile. The revised version will have new music produced for us. Finally, I’ve nearly completed the modification of this site to build upon the WATCH-LISTEN-READ initiative I announced earlier this year.

That final item provides a nice transition into the announcement of what’s coming this summer: I’ve already started a new project to upgrade all the Podcast Homiles series and the Podcast versions of all the series I mentioned earlier. The upgrades will include enhanced cross-references to Other AIC Resources based on the 2021 versions. I have no timetable and don’t expect to have the Advent and Christmas revisions ready until some time in late May or early June.

Thanks for your continued interest and support. Again, I urge you to find a local Anglican Church where you can receive Holy Communion. If that is not possible in your area owing to state and federal restrictions, I suggest you find a clergyman willing to provide Holy Communion based on the Visitation of the Sick in the 1928 B.C.P.

Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

An Announcement

The AIC Christian Education Video series, The War on Christianity, is being reconfigured as part of our celebration of the start of the AIC’s second decade on the Web. It not only gets a new title but also enhanced content, including many new images, and a new purpose. The series will become a more important component of the AIC’s commitment to teaching traditional Christianity. The entire series is getting a new voice track and a facelift, with the design consistent with the other updates to our Seasonal, Bible Study and other Christian Education series. Episodes will continue to be linked from the Digital Library page.

Episode One remains a general introduction to the threat, with data and examples from the news updated to early A.D. 2021, plus an illustrated update on what the AIC has been doing on the Web since the series began in A.D. 2017. Episode Two and Episode Three remain focused on “A Summary History of the Church from Pentecost until Now,” which is intended to help viewers put the new threat into historical context. Episode Four and Episode Five continue to be focused upon three case studies of the decline of the Church in parts of the world where it was once the dominant religion: the Holy Land, North Africa and Asia Minor.

Episode Six will be the first episode with entirely new content focused on the importance of traditional worship tied to the Anglican Church Calendar and the liturgies in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer (American Edition, as amended in 1943). Topics to be discussed in later episodes, beginning with Episode Seven, include a broad exploration of the best uses of the canticles in the 1928 B.C.P. plus liturgical techniques, particularly the Anglican style of sung Holy Communion and sung Litany and the Creeds of the Church. Taken together, and, hopefully, internalized in the hearts and minds of the faithful, these traditional forms of worship are the best possible defense against the secular world’s War on Christianity.


The greatest creed of the Christian Church has been the whipping boy for revisionist intepretation for long enough. With the completion of the 2021 A.D. update, the AIC Christian Education Video series, The Nicene Creed, I discuss how and why the Council of Nicea came to meet at the resort town of Nicea in 325 A.D. According to Church historian Eusebius, it was the Emperor Constantine himself who rescued the First Ecumentical Council from failure. The 318 bishops and priests in attendance gave the world the definitive explanation of the most essential doctrines of the Church Universal (amended only at the Council of Constantinope, 381 A.D., which is discussed in Episodes 7 and 8.

In the series, I point out that the Nicene Creed is not the cause of heresy but the Church’s answer to the most common heresies of the 1st through the 4th C. The theme music, performed on his Church organ in England by Richard M. S. Irwin, is Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty,” written in 1826 by Reginald Heber and arranged to Nicaea, composed by John B. Dykes in 1861 A.D.

The Nicene Creed series is now available in eight episodes. The 2021 Edition includes many changes and enhancements, including illustrations from the 3rd through the early 20th C. and cross-references to Other AIC Resources, including video and podcast series and publications from the AIC Bookstore. Viewers will find additional information about the images used in the series, many of which were not explained in the earlier versions. Some images are displayed in different versions than those found in the earlier version, including a more complete history of one of the most famous images, Christ Pantokrator, found in the South Gallery of the Hagia Sophia.

The title image is a 17th C. tempera and gold on panel icon in the Russian Orthodox tradition in which the doctrines are illuminated by scenes in the life of Jesus Christ. Segments from the icon are used in the explanation of the images in the top row, which include God the Father, “maker of heaven and earth” seated enthroned surrounded by ten colored circles filled with angels. Note that the Orthodox have remained faithful to the early Church prohibition against depictions of God the Father in human form. He is shown as a duplicate image of God the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), based on John (“He who sees Me sees Him who sent Me” John 12:45). The Lord Jesus Christ occupies the center of the top tier and, at right, is Christ Emmanuel, also surrounded by colored circles.

In these eight revised episodes I have incorporated a wide range of images from both the Western and Eastern Church traditions, including frescoes, icons, engravings, watercolors, paintings and documents from the 2nd-3rd C. through the 20th C., plus a scattering of material from the early 21st C. All eight episodes are linked from the Digital Library page, where they are found at the bottom of the page under the heading Christian Education Videos. Podcast versions of these and other video episodes produced this year will be created and linked from the Podcast Archive page during April.

Episode One
the historical background and identity of the major actors
Episode Two
“I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth”
Episode Three
“and of all things, visible and invisible.”
Episode Four
“In one Lord Jesus Christ” through “being of one substance with the Father”
Episode Five
“by whom all things were made” through “He suffered and was buried.”
Episode Six
“And the third day He rose again” through “And whose kingdom shall have no end.”
Episode Seven
“And I believe in the Holy Ghost” through “worshipped and glorified.”
Episode Eight
“who spake by the prophets” through “Amen.”

The next video updates are changes and improvements in The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase (2 episodes); The War on Christianity (7 episodes); The Great “O” Antiphons (7 episodes); and the single episode program Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve.

As always, thank you for your interest and support. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

Unique Themes, Details, & Events in the Gospel of John

Episode Thirty-nine (2nd half) through Episode Forty-five in New Testament: Gospels are now available using links on the Bible Study/New Testament pages. Publication of these episodes completes the Fourth Edition in the series. Topics included in these episodes, in the order in which they are discussed in the series, are:

Spiritual Themes
including Light vs. Darkness; Good vs. Evil (or in different contexts True vs. False/Truth vs. Falsehood); Life vs. Death (or Heavenly vs. Earthly

Four Details
The Emotions of Jesus; the Use of Numerology; Meaning of “the Jews”, a phrase used often in the Gospel of John but with different meanings; Prophecy spoken by Jesus.

Unique Mentions of Places and People
Samaria and Cana; the Samaritan Woman at the Well of Jacob; Nathanael, Thomas, Philip, Andrew; Peter, Nicodemus, Judas Iscariot, and Mary Magdalene.

Unique Details
The Plotting of the Pharisees and Chief Priests; the announcement of a New Commandment; the frequent use of “abide” (Greek: meno); the Final Discourse with the Disciples; References to the Son of Man being “lifted up”; the Divine Economy; Jesus’ References to Concepts of Time; References to the Kingdom of God and the fate of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Five Unique Events
the Visit of Nicodemus; Restoration of the Woman Taken in Adultery; Foot Washing on Maundy Thursday evening; the Scriptural Origin of the Sacrament of Confession/Penance; and Jesus’ Breakfast with the Disciples on the Sea of Tiberias/Sea of Galilee.

As noted above, these final episodes bring to a close the updating of the Bible Study Video series on the New Testament Gospels. Every slide in the series was adjusted or changed in some way, with a new logo for the Fourth Edition, many new illustrations, and enhanced cross-reference to “Other AIC Resources,” the latter as part of the Learn More Your Way: WATICH/LISTEN/READ initiative.

The next series to be upgraded is The Nicene Creed, an eight-episode production originally issued in 2016 A.D. The revised version also includes more cross-references, many new illustrations chosen from the archive used for the AIC Bookstore Publications: the four illustrated books in The Gospel of… series.

Updates to the AIC Web Site continue with the objective of creating a more user-friendly, that is, more functional in implementing the WATCH/LISTEN/READ initiative.

The Seven Signs in the Gospel of John

Episodes Thirty-six to Episode Thirty-nine in the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, are now linked from the Bible Study/New Testament pages. They are focused on the Seven “Signs” in the Gospel of John. In the series I explain a possible reason St. John called these seven incidents, five of which are unique to his Gospel, instead of the “miracle” preferred in other accounts.

The seven examples of signs reflect the spirituality of John the Evangelist and Theologian. It comes down to a simple question: What Do They Mean, or Signify? rather than what they are. All seven, the first five recorded only by St. John, are questionably miraculous. More importantly, what they signify, that is of what are they the sign, is the Divinity of Jesus Christ, for no man, no matter how gifted as a thaumaturg, the Greek term for one who heals by touch, could have turned water into wine, raised Lazarus from the Dead, or fed more than 5,000 people with a few few and loaves of bread.

The seven signs in the Gospel of John are, with those unique to the Gospel of John listed first and in order:

The Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11)
The Healing of the Nobleman’s Son (John 4:46-54)
The Healing of the Paralytic Man (John 5:1-15)
The Healing of the Man Born Blind (John 9:1-41)
The Raising of Lazarus (John 11:38-44)

Two events also mentioned in the Synoptic Gospels:
The Feeding of the 5,000 (John 6:1-14)
Jesus Walking on the Sea (John 6:15-21)

These seven events are richly illustrated in The Gospel of John: Annotated & Illustrated, available using the Virtual Bookstore link on the Home page.

Episode Thirty-nine also includes the first of seven presentations on Unique Themes, Details and Events in the Gospel of John, beginning with three spiritual themes: Light vs. Darkness; Good vs. Evil (or Truth vs. Falsehood) and Life vs. Death (or Heaven vs. Earth). The remaining episodes will be discussed in blog posting tomorrw.

Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

The Divine I Ams

In Episode Twenty-nine through Episode Thirty-five in the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, now linked on the Bible Study/New Testament page, I explore twelve examples of Jesus’ use of the Greek ego eimi, I Am, to demonstrate that He is the same I Am who spoke to Moses on Mt. Sinai in Exodus 3:13, 14: “I Am the Existing One” (SAAS text). Based on Greek sources, in these seven episodes I go beyond the traditional Western Church recognition of the number of I Am declarations. Early Church context and commentary is provided for each usage. The Fourth Edition of the series includes new illustrations and expanded commentary and cross-reference to Other AIC Resources, including the new book, The Gospel of John: Annotated & Illustrated, which is the first of four Gospel books to be published in the AIC Bookstore.

I Am [He] Who speaks to thee (to the Samaritan Woman at the Well of Jacob) – John 4:26
I Am. Fear Not (calming words to the Disciples at Sea) – John 6:20 (Greek text 6:27b)
I Am the Bread of Life – John 6:35, 48
I Am the Living Bread – John 6:51
I Am the Light of the World – John 8:12
I Am from Above – John 8:23
Before Abraham was, I Am – John 8:58
I Am the Door – John 10:7, 9
I Am the Good Shepherd – John 10:11, 14
I Am the Resurrection & the Life (to Martha of Bethany) – John 11:25
I Am the Way, the Truth & the Life (to Martha of Bethany) – John 14:6
I Am the True Vine (to the Disciples on Maundy Thursday) – John 15:1

In the next group of episodes, Thirty-six to Thirty-nine, I explore the Seven Signs in the Gospel of John, five of which are unique to the Gospel of John.

The Gospel of John

The first four episodes focused on the Gospel of John in the Fourth Edition of the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, are now linked from the New Testament page. Episode 26 introduces the Gospel of John with a discussion of John, his intended audiences, language and major and secondary themes. Episodes 27 and 28 are focused on John’s unique Prelude in Chapter 1, plus the calling of the first four disciples. The events takes place over a series of four days. Episode 29 is the first of seven episodes focused on the “I Am” declarations which are unique to the Gospel of John, beginning with the first, heard in Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan Woman at the Well of Jacob. Illustrations are from the 6th through the 20th C.

The upgrading of the New Testament: Gospels series is proceeding faster than I originally anticipated. I am hopeful of completion of all remaining updates before Good Friday.

The Gospel of Luke

Episodes Twelve through Twenty-five in the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, all focused on the Gospel of St. Luke, are now uploaded and linked from the New Testament page. Even better, the printed proof of The Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustrated is now in the hands of our proofreader for final review. I hope to have the volume in print and in the facsimile version in the Kindle format before Easter A.D. 2021.

I have already started on the Vimeo version of Episode Twenty-six in the video series, the first of twenty episodes on the Gospel of John. Being snowed in/frozen in has some advantages! I am hopeful of having Episode Twenty-six uploaded to our Vimeo site before the end of the week of Feb. 15th, A.D. 2021.

I have further updated the AIC web site to make it consisten with the Learn Your Way: Watch/Listen/Read initiative announced earlier this year.

more episodes on the Gospel of Luke

Freezing rain and snow have advantages: I’ve used the occasion of being housebound to produce four more episodes on the Gospel of St. Luke and upload them to our host site, Vimeo.com. These episodes include discussion, in order, of the Parables of the Good Samaritan, the Rich Fool, the Chief Seats, the Lost Coin, the Lost Son (or Prodigal Son), the Unjust Steward, the Rich Man and Lazarus, the Tenacious Widow, and the.Pharisee and the Tax Collector (or Publican). Illustrations in these episodes are from the 6th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th C. These are displayed in high resolution format. The AIC is especially grateful to the Universitats- und Landesbibliothek Darmstadt, Darmstadt,Germany, for the images from the Hitda Codex, a magnificent illuminated Bible in the Carolingian style generally seen only in low resolution versions with distorted color rendition. As I have done throughout the series, each illustration is accompanied by a source citation, usually including manuscript, or shelf, numbers, folio numbers and location of the original documents. We have permissions from other sources for high resolution images in each of the new series of illuminated Gospels. The Gospel of John: Annotated & Illustrated is currently available using the Virtual Bookstore link on our Home page. The Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustrated is in printed proof stage. The volume on Mark is currently near the end of the initial proof-reading stage. The volume on Matthew’s Gospel is complete but has not yet entered in proofreading phase.

These four episodes are focused on the unique parables in the Gospel of Luke. Episode 20 is also the first of six episodes focused on Unique Details, Events and Quotations in the Gospel of Luke. Of the remaining five episodes (numbers 21 to 25), I am working today on # 21) and hope that I can finish it and the remaining episodes by the end of the week of February 15th.

As always, I thank viewers, listeners and readers of AIC materials for their interest and support. Glory be to God for all things! Amen.

Four More episodes in the Gospel of Luke

Four additional episodes in the Fourth Edition of our Bible Study Video series, The New Testament: Gospels, have not been uploaded and are now linked from the New Testament page (a sub-pages under the Bible Study tab). The new material is Episode Thirteen to Episode Sixteen, which cover the three angelic annunciations, four unique songs, Luke’s unique genealogy, the Nativity and boyhood of Jesus and the start of His ministry in Galilee beginning with His baptism in the River Jordan. These episodes feature more cross-referencing to Other AIC Resources and many new illustrations.

The episode includes some spectacular examples of historic Christian art from the 8th to the 19th C. Concurrent with this set of uploads is the receipt of the printed proof of The Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustrated, the second of our four illuminated Gospel books. The proof is being looked over this week for any glitches. I hope we can get in into print during the season of Lent. The cover image is a tempera and gold on parchment illumination of Luke Writing His Gospel from the Pericope Book of Henry II, made between 1007 and 1012 A.D. for the last Ottonian Holy Roman Emperor. Clm 4452, Bayerische Landesbibliothek, Munich, Germany. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. It was made in the Scriptorium at Reichenau, Germany. The publication of these volumes will allow the average person to own an illuminated Gospel at reasonable cost.

As always, thank you for your interest and support. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!