Posts by David Phillips

Christian Classics Study Group: Learning the Gospel by Heart

  On Friday 7 December Anna van Laere has been invited to speak about the tradition of learning the bible by heart – in her case the Gospel According to Mark.  She will tell something about the group she is a part of that learns to memorize the texts together and to music. And she will sing a little part of Marc’s Gospel.  The evening will be in Dutch and English.   Anna will share with…

Chaplain’s Letter: With Angels and Archangels

“They overcame [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” At this stage in Trinity season, we are being encouraged to lift our hearts and minds to the contemplation of God – that is, to a loving beholding of God. So it is most appropriate that we celebrate this Feast of St. Michael and All Angels on 29 September. Why?…

Chaplain’s Letter: The Word creates space….

The following article was written by David Phillips for the Zwolle ecumenical magazine Gaandeweg (april/mei/juni 2018 edition) on the subject above, which was the theme of this edition. They asked for 350-400 words. The Dutch translation, which follows, is what appears in the magazine.   Through the Word, God created heaven and earth. But we cannot see heaven until God opens our eyes by steps. The created order itself can begin to open our eyes to…

Christian Classics Study Group – The Epistle of Barnabas – Friday 13 April

Dear Friends in Christ: As mentioned at our last Christian Classics, this Friday the 13th of April we will be led, by the Rev Dr Jos Strengholt, through the very early anonymous Christian writing – The Epistle of Barnabas.  Though we don’t know for sure who wrote The Epistle of Barnabas, this work has been ascribed to Clement of Alexandria in Egypt.  It is generally thought to have been written sometime between 70 and 150 AD.  The Epistle reflects on the Old Testament practices…

Christian Classics Study Group: Gregory of Nyssa’s The Life of Moses

This Wednesday 21  of March we will be led through this classic spiritual work of Gregory of Nyssa by the Rev Jos Strengholt. The Evening begins at 8pm (no supper this time) at the Parsonage.  (There is a service of Holy Communion from 7-7:40pm beforehand at the Church.)  We will each receive a copy of the text, The Life of Moses, and a short workbook.  Fr Strengholt will give us a background on Gregory of…

Chaplain’s Letter

  At our last Student Movie night in Utrecht we saw the 2017 movie adaptation of The Shack, a book written by William P Young, a bestseller since first published in 2007. The movie has received poor reviews, but the consensus from our discussion afterwards was that it was definitely worth seeing, and probably led to the some of the most engaging discussions of any movie we’ve seen as a group. The story is about a…

Christian Classics Friday 9 February – The Heidelberg Catechism

The Heidelberg Catechism (1563) is a well-known Protestant confession of faith.  It is one of the many catechisms in the form of questions and answers that were written in the 16th century and without doubt the most famous one in the Dutch Reformed Context.  Despite the caricatures that have been made of it, it is still an astonishing rich theological document.  Given its strong association with the Reformed tradition, it may be a surprise that it…

Confirmation Preparation begins 18 January!

Our next Confirmation will happen, God willing, in Holy Trinity Chaplaincy at 15.30 on Saturday 10th March AD 2018 at Heilig Kruiskerk, Liendertseweg 46, 3814 PL Amersfoort. Please contact the Chaplain if you or your son or daughter are interested in being prepared for Confirmation. In Confirmation Preparation we look through the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer. Preparation for 2018 will happen on the following topics on the following days at 8pm (normally on Wednesdays but…

Chaplain’s Letter

Pilgrimage to Wittenberg On the 16 to 18 of November, eight pilgrims from Holy Trinity Utrecht made our way in two cars to Wittenberg Germany as part of the commemoration of the 500th year since the historic nailing of the 95 theses of Luther to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg. The Pilgrimage was organized by Heikki Rusama, a Finnish Lutheran who, with his family, has been attending Holy Trinity over the past couple years…

The 2017 Utrecht Lectures: Why did God become man?

Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Utrecht is hosting a self-supporting annual seminar bringing in lecturers from around the world to enliven and deepen our theological discussion. This year New Testament Scholar Dr Crispin Fletcher-Louis will be visiting the Netherlands in September and will offer a 2-day seminar on ‘Why did God become man?’, Friday 22 September 10-5pm and Saturday 23 September 10-5pm, both at Holy Trinity Utrecht.  Click for more information.