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Churches That Advertise: An Observation

I never trust a church that feels compelled to advertise.  If the lives of its members aren’t sufficient advertisement, I want no part of it.  If you have to try that hard to entice people to visit your facilities, then either your members aren’t living the Gospel in their daily lives or you simply want more bodies to fill seats and give money.   Jesus told us to make disciples, not advertise facilities or ‘exciting services’.

Written by Jim

August 17, 2014 at 18:27

Posted in Theology

Into the Eucharistic Fray

On 17 August, 1525 (a very, very busy year for Zwingli) he published his Subsidium sive coronis de eucharistia which he dedicated thusly:

Clarissimis viris Bartolemaeo a Madiis, Bernensium a soenatu, Volfgango et Claudio filiis, Jacobo et Benedicto nepotibus ac pronepotibus eius totique genti Huldrychus Zuinglius, gratiam et pacem a deo.

The book came to life, according to Zwingli, as a result of a dream he had in which in a moment of inspiration, he saw clearly, for the first time, the true meaning of the Supper.   Specifically, he remarks that Exodus 12 came to mind while he was lying in bed and that he sprang to his feet, opened his Septuagint (which he apparently kept right at his bedside) and read it.  The next day, they discussed it at the Prophezei and that discussion became the outline of the present book.

What, you may be wondering, has Ex 12 to do with the Eucharist?  Zwingli noted in explaining his discovery that just as the events of the Passover were ‘memorialized’ in the passover meal, so too the death of Jesus was ‘memorialized’ in the Supper.

Written by Jim

August 17, 2014 at 07:54

Posted in Theology

On The Wrath of God: An Observation

The people who most dislike the concept of God’s wrath being expended on wickedness are the very one’s who have the most reason to dislike it.  Which is why they do.  Accordingly, whenever a person only wishes to talk about God’s grace but not about God’s rage, you can rest assured that they have plenty to be nervous about.

Written by Jim

August 16, 2014 at 12:37

Posted in Theology

Friendship

9783290176433«Freundschaft» bezeichnet eine Grundstruktur menschlichen Zusammenlebens. Das Nachdenken darüber reicht bis in die Anfänge der abendländischen Philosophie zurück. Freundschaft spielt auch in der christlichen Theologie eine grosse Rolle. Allerdings hat das Verständnis von Freundschaft im Laufe der Geschichte erhebliche Wandlungen erfahren. Genauso wie Freundschaftsbande als unverzichtbar für ein gelingendes Leben betrachtet werden, als so prägnant werden auch ihre Zerbrechlichkeit und permanente Gefährdung oft diskutiert. Aktuell begegnet Freundschaft als Korrektiv hinsichtlich der vielbeschriebenen Individualisierungsprozesse in modernen arbeitsteiligen Gesellschaften. Aber geht die Sozialkapitalrechnung mit der Freundschaft auf? Kann Freundschaft leisten, was der Begriff in seiner Geschichte und in der Gegenwart zu versprechen scheint?

Herausgeber/-innen-  Matthias Zeindler, Dr. theol., Jahrgang 1958, ist Titularprofessor für Systematische Theologie/Dogmatik an der Theologischen Fakultät Bern und Leiter Bereich Theologie der Reformierten Kirchen Bern-Jura-Solothurn.

Written by Jim

August 14, 2014 at 13:35

Posted in Books, Theology, TVZ

Christianity, Mental Illness, And Responsible Speech

I find myself in 100% agreement with David Congdon, who has written (on FB)

Self-described “Christians” who appeal to the doctrine of the soul as a way of claiming (a) that mental health issues are actually a “spiritual” matter (for which they are, of course, personally at fault) and (b) that all actions are “choices” based on a rational act of the will are putting forth a position that, in its casual indifference to the knowledge gained through the sciences, is as intellectually and theologically bankrupt as six-day creationism.

But it’s far worse than that, because actual human lives are at stake. In that sense, it is much more like the faith-healing superstition of First Century Gospel Church. The problem is not, finally, that it completely misunderstands the biblical concept of the soul and puts forward a dualist anthropology that has no theological basis, nor is the real problem that it dismisses medical science.

The fundamental issue here is the adherence to a particular doctrine at the expense of human life, at the expense of genuine empathy and love. No one can so blithely disregard 1 Cor 13 and identify themselves with the Christian faith. If your doctrine of the soul leads you to make statements that might lead to the furtherance of another person’s suffering, and possible death, then that doctrine is a lie and must be destroyed.

Written by Jim

August 12, 2014 at 20:03

Posted in Theology

Reformation Heute

Via their facebook page-

Die Sommerferien sind gerettet! Die Sommerausgabe der RH liegt in der Druckerei. Auf www.reformationheute.defindet ihr die aktuelle Ausgabe zum Download.

Contents:

  • Nachfolge Jesu heute (Sebastian Heck)
  • Nachfolge und das Gebet: Perspektiven aus den Abschiedsreden Jesu (Jörg Wehrenberg)
  • Nachfolge als Bekenntnis: Paul Schneider (1897–1939) und der Heidelberger Katechismus (Raphael Schuster)
  • Gäste und Pilger auf Erden: Kirche in der Nachfolge Christi (Sebastian Heck)
  • Nachfolge im Leid: Zwischen der Souveränität und der Güte Gottes (Martin Emmrich)
  • Impressum
  • Das Reformatorisch-Theologische Seminar

Written by Jim

August 12, 2014 at 18:52

Posted in Theology

America’s Pastors… Ugh. Small Wonder Christianity is So Despised

This is sadder than sad-

Most pastors believe that the Bible addresses the current issues of the day, but few speak about them from behind the pulpit, according to a recent study from a prominent research organization.

George Barna was a guest on the American Family Radio program “Today’s Issues” on Thursday, where he explained a research project that he has been working on for the past two years. In his study, Barna’s organization asked pastors across the country about their beliefs regarding the relevancy of Scripture to societal, moral and political issues, and the content of their sermons in light of their beliefs.

“‘What we’re finding is that when we ask them about all the key issues of the day, [90 percent of them are] telling us, ‘Yes, the Bible speaks to every one of these issues,” he explained. “Then we ask them: ‘Well, are you teaching your people what the Bible says about those issues?’ and the numbers drop…to less than 10 percent of pastors who say they will speak to it.”

Cowardliness.  Sadder still the metrics by which America’s pastors measure their work:

“There are five factors that the vast majority of pastors turn to,” he outlined. “Attendance, giving, number of programs, number of staff, and square footage.”

Rubbish.  The only meaningful measure of ‘success’ is faithfulness to God and fidelity to the teachings of Scripture.  None of the stuff above has anything at all to do with real ministry.

America’s pastors… the problem, not the solution.

Written by Jim

August 12, 2014 at 17:15

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