New Testament: Gospels – Episode Six

St. Peter Paying the Temple Tax, illumination in colored inks on paper, Augustin Tumbler, Facetias Latinae et Germanicae (literally, Amusing Things), Konstanz, Germany, 1486 A.D. Codex HB V 24a. Public Domain (Wikipedia Commons).  Perspective correction applied.

Episode Six, the final episode focused on the Gospel of St. Matthew, in the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, is now online in video and podcast versions.  This completes the rebuild of the St. Matthew portion of the Bible Study Videos, making them consistent with current videos in all series and also adding many examples of historic Church art from many sources.  Episode Six includes selected examples of unique content and quotations, including the long form of the Lord’s Prayer and the Beatitudes, plus the “kingdom” parables, and, as shown in the illustration, the curious miracle of the coin in the fish at Capernaum (Matt. 17:24-29).

Watch the Video       Listen to the Podcast

In the next episode, Episode Seven, I focus on the Gospel of St. Mark with an introduction to its history, authorship, time frame, language, intended audience and style, plus the beginning of my discussion of St. Mark’s themes, starting the Jesus as Servant of the Father.

As always, thank you for your interest and support, which enables the production of these videos free-of-charge, on-demand, through links from this Web Site.

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


The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase – Episode Tw0

LP-Title1-smallEpisode Two (of two) in The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase is now available in both video and podcast forms.   The focus in Episode Two is on the fourth, fifth and sixth petitions; the Doxology (in St. Matthew’s version); and a general summary of the series.  The discussion of the Doxology includes a presentation on the two most likely ways the Doxology found its way into St. Matthew’s Gospel.  The illustrations include art from the 9th through the early 21st Centuries.  The episode runs just over 21 minutes.       Watch the video      Listen to the Podcast Continue reading “The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase – Episode Tw0”

The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase – Episode One

LP-Title3bEpisode One in the much-delayed AIC teaching video series, The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase is now available on our You Tube channel and also in a podcast version.  The title slide includes James Tissot’s late 19th C. depiction of Jesus teaching the Disciples in charcoal, graphite and watercolor on gray wove paper, from the Life of Christ at the Brooklyn Museum. Continue reading “The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase – Episode One”

Twenty-second Sunday After Trinity and Episode Twenty-eight in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation

River of Life and Tree of Life, Bamberg Apocalypse, early 11th C.  Bamberg State Library, Bamberg, Germany.
River of Life and Tree of Life, Bamberg Apocalypse, early 11th C. Bamberg State Library, Bamberg, Germany.

I can hardly believe it is already near the end of the week, but it has been a productive week.  I’ve completed the final episode in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation.  Episode Twenty-eight is focused on Chapter 22.  The key illustration is River of Life and Tree of Life from the Bamberg Apocalypse. Continue reading “Twenty-second Sunday After Trinity and Episode Twenty-eight in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation”

Revelation: Episode 26 (Parts 1 & 2) & Twentieth Sunday After Trinity

Folio 51, Binding and Loosing of the Beast.  Bamberg Apocalypse (early 11th C.).  Bamberg State Library, Bamberg, Germany
Folio 51, Binding and Loosing of the Beast. Bamberg Apocalypse (early 11th C.). Bamberg State Library, Bamberg, Germany

After a rocky start to the week (hip joint problems) I got back on track (literally and figuratively) by midweek.  This week’s installment of the Revelation series video required a change of plan.  Owing to the length, I had to split the Episode into two parts.  Part 1 is Revelation 20:1-6, St. John’s poetic introduction.  Part 2 is verses 7 through 21.   The illustration is Binding and Loosing of the Beast from the Bamberg Apocalypse.

Watch Episode 26 (Part 1)    Listen to the Podcast version

Watch Episode 26 (Part 2)     Listen to the Podcast version

Continue reading “Revelation: Episode 26 (Parts 1 & 2) & Twentieth Sunday After Trinity”

Nineteenth Sunday After Trinity and Episode 25 in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation

BambergApocalypseFolio048vRiderOnWhiteHorseAndBirdsOfPreyThis has been a terrific week!  The rainy weather finally abated and the sun came out and the temperature went up.  Early in the week, shut-in owing to the stormy weather, I completed and uploaded Episode Twenty-five in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation.   Continue reading “Nineteenth Sunday After Trinity and Episode 25 in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation”

Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity

Quite a busy week, starting with a heart catheterization on Tuesday.  I am thankful and glad to report that the test found no new blockages in my heart and no obstruction in the stent which was installed in 2013.  The most convincing theory of the moment is that my symptoms were the result of stress, lack of exercise and lack of sleep, etc.  Consequently, lifestyle changes have already been made, including regular exercise, including at least 30 minutes of walking, and regular massages at my chiropractor’s office.

There will be no new episodes in our Bible Study series on Revelation this week.  I hope to complete work on Episode 23, focused on Revelation 18, before the end of next week.  All the slides are done, as is the sound recording.  I have to coordinate the pictures and sound, tedious, time-consuming work for which had neither time nor energy for this week!  Thanks for your patience.

I am presently at work on the final Chapter of Revelation and hope to have all the episodes completed before the middle of October.

Raising the Son of the Widow of Nain, opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, James Tissot, late 19th C. Public domain by the Brooklyn Museum
Raising the Son of the Widow of Nain, opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, James Tissot, late 19th C. Public domain by the Brooklyn Museum

I did complete and upload to the AIC Web Site and Facebook my Podcast Homily for Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity.  The Gospel reading covers the Raising of the Son of the Widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-17).  The only illustration I know of is the lovely watercolor from the Life of Christ series by James Tissot at the Brooklyn Museum.

Listen to the Podcast Homily

First Sunday After Easter

Corkie and I got back from our first trip in the Volvo XC90 AWD late yesterday.  This morning I put together a short Podcast Homily for the First Sunday After Easter based on the prayer book readings from 1 John 5:4-12 and John 20:19-23.  LIsten to the Podcast

John-RohanMaster-15thCThese two readings are both highly-spiritual, in which St. John shares his first hand experience as a Disciple and his own passionate understanding of the importance of the Christian virtue of Love (from the Greek, agape) and the equality of the Holy Spirit with the Father and the Son (or the Word in the Gospel of St. John).  In his epistle he once again indulgences in a preference for stressing the importance of the symbolic number 3.  Three stands for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as well as for the three baptism-like symbols in his narrative:  the spirit, the water and the blood.  As he did in his Gospel account, he speaks of the Holy Spirit as witness of the Truth, meaning the Christian belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that through Him only can salvation be obtained.  In his Gospel, he frequently uses the comparison between Truth and Falsehood.  For those moderns who give advice on the need for inclusiveness, St. John offers unwanted stress upon the certainty that there is only one path to the Father:

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

How much clearer can an Epistle be?

The Gospel account is unique in many ways.  It offers details of the appearance in the Upper Room, safely locked against possilbe intrusion by hostile Jews, including the granting to the faithful of the Peace of God, access by His breath to the Holy Spirit, and later, after the end of the reading, the comments of a skeptical Thomas, as well as providing the Scriptural basis for the Sacrament of Confession/Penance.  As I note in the Podcast Homily, the granting of the sacrament providing Absolution and Remission of sins is yet another example of God’s unqualified love, Agape, for His Creation.

Second Sunday in Lent and Episode 39 in Bible Study

Mother Nature dumped another eight or so inches of snow on Mechanicsville last night and this morning, but it’s already fading away as temperatures rise.  Unable to go out, I worked all morning on revising and finishing Episode 39 in the New Testament: John-RohanMaster-15thC Gospels & Epistles series for the AIC’s You Tube channel.  Watch Episode 39.   There is also an MP3 version with audio only.  Listen to Episode 39

Still focused on the Gospel of St. John, the topics are Feeding the 5,000 and Walking on Water, with discussion of what makes John’s account of both events different.  Also included is the first part of a discussion of the unique Themes, Details and Events found only in the Gospel of St. John, beginning with Part 1 of a discussion of the theme of Light vs. Darkness.

For the series, I purchased The Rohan Master book of hours from which I am in the processing of extracting illustrations related to St. John, one of which is shown here.  The Rohan Master depicts St. John at his desk writing his Gospel with an Eagle (the traditional symbol of St. John) and a banner bearing his name at his feet.  Far above, God the Father observes from the upper right.  The Rohan Hours volume is considered one of the finest illuminated Hours collections in existence, but I still can’t quite come to grips with the Western practice of depicting God the Father, which was forbidden before the rise of power at Rome in the 12th and 13th centuries.

I have also posted a Podcast Homily for Second Sunday in Lent.  Scripture topics include St. Matthew’s Caananite Woman-Hours-Duc de Berry-15thCaccount of the driving out of a demon from the daughter of a Canaanite woman (described by St. Luke as Syro-Phoenecian), St. Paul’s first epistle to the Thessalonians, Chapter 4, verses 1-8, which is a lecture on controlling passions, both of the mind and body, and I include a back reference to 1 Kings 8 on the issue of whether God hears the prayers of those not of the Israelite tradition or blood.   Listen to the Podcast Homily.

For this Blog post I have included two illustrations of this event.   The first is from another Hours collection from Paris around the time of the Rohan book, but this one is by the Limbourg brothers from the Tres Riches Heures of John duc du Berry, which is another tempera and gold leaf creation on vellum.  You can see a ripple in the paper at top center.

The second illustration is a Baroque style oil on canvas by the Flemish painter, Michael Canaanite Woman-Michael_Angelo_Immenraet-17thCAngelo Immenraet (1621-1683),   Some sources claim the painting is from the collection of oil paintings at Union Church, Idstein, Germany, but I have not been able to confirm that.   I was not able to find a public domain illustration from the Eastern Church tradition.  Somehow, for me, the Immenraet version reminds me of English horse paintings such as those by Stubbs.  They lack the spirituality of the Hours manuscripts and the Eastern icons, being focused on anatomical correctness instead.  For regular visitors to the blog site, I invite you to compare this one with the Duccio egg tempera and gold leaf on the Raising of Lazarus.

Also this week, I finished work on a DVD version of Paintings on Light, my book on the stained glass collection at St. Joseph’s Villa Chapel, Richmond, VA, and a 2-CD version of my Twelve Days of Christmas series.  I have not yet set a price for either.

Blessings to all of you.  And that you for your interest in the Internet ministry of the Anglican Internet Church.

Advent – Christmas – Epiphany A.D. 2014-2015

The combined Advent-Christmas-Epiphany season will be celebrated by the Anglican Internet Church this season with one new series and an expanded version of another.

O-Antiphons-Title1The new series is The Great “O” Antiphons, which will appear in both You Tube and podcast versions, one each day, between December 18th and December 24th.   Based upon a modified version of the Christmas Eve celebration in our publication, Occasional Services for Anglican Worship, it celebrates the seven verses of the hymn, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.  The “O” Antiphons service is thought to date from the 12th Century.  The original purpose of the “O” Antiphons service was to provide a transition from the lasts days of the penitential season of Advent into the festive celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord on Christmas Day.  You can learn more about this and other services in the book and order your own copy of Occasional Services for Anglican Worship in either paperback or Kindle editions at Fr. Shibley’s author page at

Each episode will feature music, art and graphics, plus Old Testament readings and a short mini-homily for each of the seven theme words:  O Sapentia (Wisdom); O Adonai (Lord); O Radix Jessee (Root of Jessee); O Clavis David (Key of David); O Oriens (Dayspring); O Rex Gentium (King of Nations); and, on Christmas Eve, O Emmanuel (God With Us).   The purposes of the series are to revive this ancient celebration that was once nearly universally used in the week before Christmas and to promote the concept of Christian Spirituality as an active defense against the assaults of our aggressively anti-religious, anti-Christian secular world.  The most recent AIC Bookstore publication, Christian Spirituality: an Anglican Perspective, an exploration of the same theme, is also available at Fr. Ron’s author page.

TwelveDays-Title1This year the AIC will offer the third podcast version and second You Tube video version of The Twelve Days of Christmas, posted daily on each of the days from Christmas Day through Epiphany Eve.    The series has nothing to do with the song of the same name, which is focused on material things, but focuses instead on events or spiritual and theological virtues, one for each day on the Anglican Church calendar.

In this expanded and updated version for A.D. 2014-2015, Fr. Ron Shibley will discuss the key word(s) or virtues for each day:  Love (Christmas Day); Forgiveness (December 26th); Peace (December 27th); Compassion (December 28th); Obedience (December 29th); Joy (December 30th); Family (December 31st); Church (January 1st); Angels (January 2nd); Commandments (January 3rd); Glorifying God (January 4th); and, finally, Grace and Peace (January 5th).