Ministering to a spouse with aphasia

In the latest episode of the “Mortification of Spin” podcast, the hosts interview Dr. Douglas Groothuis about his book Walking through Twilight: A Wife’s Illness, A Philosopher’s Lament. Dr. Groothuis’ wife Becky suffers from primary progressive aphasia, a condition that affects the ability to speak, read, and write. It can also affect understanding and memory.

During the interview, Dr. Groothuis speaks about the changes he and his wife have been undergoing. He addresses how his faith impacts his care for Becky and how Christians can provide support to families with this type of illness. I found Dr. Groothuis’ remarks helpful, and I look forward to reading this book soon so I can understand how to provide pastoral care for individuals and families experiencing the difficulty of this illness.

Groothuis reflects on his role as his wife’s primary caregiver. He shares with us his personal suffering and life’s dynamics in light of her illness, the ministry of the body of Christ, and how God is glorified through it all

Source: Mortification of Spin – Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

On the resurgence of confessional Anglicanism

There is a resurgence of confessional Anglicanism in the United States. What do I mean by “confessional” Anglicanism? I mean an Anglican identity based on the Reformation principles outlined in the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion of 1571 and put into practice through the liturgy of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Confessional Anglicans are Protestant, Reformed, evangelical–descriptors that would be redundant in an earlier age. Confessional …

Fruity, corny candy Christianity

This article is part 14 of 14 in the series Ugly Church Stuff.

The old Ugly Church Stuff file is chock full of goodies! This time, it’s the sweet kind. Just when you thought faith in the West couldn’t get any sweeter, along comes the fruity kind of Christianity that can only be found in pun-covered, colorful, individual-serving-sized plastic bags. This sort of thing has been around for a long time (Testamints anyone?), but the Scripture Candy company …

Small Church Music

If you’re a small parish with few resources for church music, SmallChurchMusic.com is for you.

Ways you can use this site:

  • If you don’t have an organist, download the accompaniment tracks to play for services.
  • If you need sheet music, download it here.
  • Find lyrics to hymns.
  • Cross reference hymns that share the same tune.

Thanks to the hard work of recording, scanning, typing, and uploading done over many years, Mr. Clyde McLennan from Perth, Australia has given the church a vast treasury of musical resources.

Music Resources for congregational and small group singing. Audio MP3 files, midi files, PDF scores and lyrics available.