In the January 2011 issue of Sojourners magazine is an article by Brian McLaren which deserves a wide and thoughtful readership. Readers of this blog will perhaps… Read more ““Is God Violent?””
A worthwhile thought-starter here on the difference between modern ways of reading the Bible and the approach taken by the ancient Fathers, including the writers of the… Read more “Christ-centered Bible reading”
One of my online friends has posted a very thoughtful take on the Prayer of Jabez. You should read it. An excerpt: Many people interpret this as,… Read more “Jabez revisited”
Fulfillment Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:10
Back in 2004, a group of people who were very interested for partisan and ideological reasons in derailing the viability of John Kerry’s candidacy created a major… Read more “The Swift Boating of Obama”
Epistemological Modesty: An Interview with Peter Berger The history of Protestantism has shown that real faith, which has to do with God and Christ and redemption and… Read more “Epistemological Modesty: An Interview with Peter Berger”
The fire of God’s love, that is. Look what he wrote: In the book of Matthew, Jesus tells us, “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.”… Read more “Breaking news: Young Blogger Catches Fire”
Here’s one who did: “Love thy enemy” — U.S. soldier gets discharge NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. soldier who said his Christian beliefs compelled him to… Read more “Search the scriptures”
first written around 1982. Q. What was the view of first-century christians regarding the Trinity? A. The what? Seriously, the word never appears in the New Testament,… Read more “Trinitarian musings”
Jesus is the great equalizer. Paul, the apostle, declared that all are equally sinners, that Gentiles have equal access to God through faith in Christ, that we share with him equally the inheritance as joint-heirs to God. This spiritual equality translates into organic unity, where there is neither slave not free, Jew nor Gentile, male nor female. From this unity flows political, economic and social equality, as in the Jerusalem commune in those first heady days of the church, or in Paul’s collection for the poor saints at Jerusalem, in which he appeals to equality as a worthy goal and a motivating force. Jesus himself spoke of a Father who causes the sun to shine on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. He made the neighbor and the enemy both one’s equals, and advised equal generosity both to those who can and to those who cannot or will not repay. He did not separate life, as we so often do, into secular and sacred components. To affirm spiritual equality and at the same time to uphold and recognize political, economic, and social inequality, fulfills the divine prophecy that there will be those who “having the form of godliness deny the power thereof.” This supposed form of equality turns out to be merely a fantasy, a word-game, and utter hypocrisy. The power of the Kingdom will be seen when individuals live out its principles trhough the enabling of the Holy Spirit in their own personal lives, and through the same Spirit refuse to separate personal decisions from business decisions, or political ones.
This paragraph was written sometime in the mid-1980s. I haven’t backdated this post, though, because all these years later I still agree with what I said then.