When the church started acting like it existed to make people happy, it lost the plot. #Randomness
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‘Tolerance’ is actually the greatest intolerance because its basis isn’t love, but suppressed contempt.
… our minds cannot find calm repose, until we arrive at the unmerited love of God. As the whole matter of our salvation must not be sought any where else than in Christ, so we must see whence Christ came to us, and why he was offered to be our Saviour. Both points are distinctly stated to us: namely, that faith in Christ brings life to all, and that Christ brought life, because the Heavenly Father loves the human race, and wishes that they should not perish. And this order ought to be carefully observed; for such is the wicked ambition which belongs to our nature, that when the question relates to the origin of our salvation, we quickly form diabolical imaginations about our own merits. Accordingly, we imagine that God is reconciled to us, because he has reckoned us worthy that he should look upon us. But Scripture everywhere extols his pure and unmingled mercy, which sets aside all merits.
When Jesus came he taught us that the Law was fulfilled and summarized in the Commandment of Love. Love God with your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. And your neighbor as yourself.
Uganda, you may imagine that your recently enacted law contra-homosexuality is the ‘Christian’ thing to do, but you’re wrong. And the pseudo-theologians and pseudo-Christians and pseudo-Evangelists who have informed you otherwise serve neither God nor Christ nor Church nor Society. There is nothing in the Gospel that allows this kind of legislation. Nothing.
If you need help understanding this, drop me an email. I’ll do what I can to explain it to you. In the meanwhile, call your leaders and tell them that they’ve been lied to and misled and that nothing in this wretched law is God’s perfect will.
Finally, to the tabloid that printed the list of ‘leading homosexuals’ (I admit that I don’t even know what that’s supposed to mean) – you’re action is godlessness itself. You think that you’re doing God a favor but you’re not, you’re, instead, serving Satan.
Uganda, repeal your evil law. Citizens of Uganda, tell your leaders they must. That is the will of God. Here’s the biblical text you need-
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
God loves the world. That includes gay folk. And Muslims. And Republicans. And Democrats. And all Ugandans. And even the Germans.
Repent, Uganda. Repent.
Piety limited to a particular period is impiety.
It’s the devil’s special work to make fools blame the body, or God, or their neighbour: anything except their own corrupt mind. -Chrysostom (Pointed out by Ben Myers)
The reforms begun by Luther and Calvin became two of the largest and most influential movements to arise in the sixteenth century, but frequently, these two movements are seen and defined as polar opposites – one’s theology is Reformed or Lutheran, one is a member of a Reformed or Lutheran congregation. Historically, these were two very separate movements – but more remains to be understood that can best be analyzed in the context of the other.
Just as surely as the historical question of the boundaries between Calvin and Luther, or Lutheranism and Calvinism must be answered with a resounding yes, the ongoing doctrinal questions offer a different picture. In the more systematic doctrinal articles, an argument is forwarded that the broad confessional continuity between Luther and Calvin on the soteriological theme of union with Christ offers still-unexplored avenues to both deeper understandings of soteriology. Through such articles, we begin to see the possibility of a rapprochement between Calvin and Luther as sources, though not as historical figures. But that insight allows the conversation to extend, and bear far greater fruit.
Contributors are, J.T. Billings, Ch. Helmer , H.P. Jürgens, S.C. Karant-Nunn, R. Kolb, Th.F. Latini, G.S. Pak, J. Watt, T.J. Wengert, P. Westermeyer, and D.M. Whitford.
This impressive collection of essays is the latest volume in V&R’s Refo500 Academic Series. In short, the essays demonstrate just how wrong Karl Barth was to suggest that Calvin and Luther founded completely different and totally separate reformatory movements. Holder’s introduction to the essays is wonderfully written employing, as he does, clever prose to make useful points.
Calvin was wonderfully able to convince himself of unlikely things … (p. 7).
Taken together, these essays demonstrate both the necessity of coming to greater understanding of the heritage of Calvin and Luther and Calvinism and Lutheranism, while establishing the still-untapped potentials of considering the two in their joint theological programs. Calvin and Luther’s epistolary conversation never truly got off the ground, but the legacies that they left must be understood in light of each other, both in the past and the present (p. 10).
The papers were originally presented at a colloquium at Luther Theological Seminary in 2011.
As the table of contents shows, the essays, eleven in total, are organized into three sections: Reformers, Confessions, and Contemporary Perspectives. If I were to make a suggestion to readers I would point out that they might wish to read section two first, and then section one, followed by section three. I realize that this is not how the volume is organized, but beginning with Confessions sets the stage for a clearer understanding of both the Reformers and Contemporary Perspectives.
Each of the essays address themes widely discussed. For example, Pak’s examination of Luther and Calvin on the nature of prophecy should be read in conjunction with Balsarak’s important study of the subject. And Westermeyer’s look at the importance of music for the theology of Calvin and Luther must certainly be read in tandem with and in conversation with Jenni’s epoch making monograph on the topic.
Each essay, accordingly, is part of a wider conversation and each moves that conversation forward in some respect.
The volume ends with a bibliography and a description of the contributors as well as an index. It’s a historically rich insight filled delightful read. Unlike many historical examinations, it is neither boring nor tedious. I’m more than comfortable in recommending it to you.
What is the most important of all theological truths? Deus dixit.
President Lincoln supported a full scale Civil war to end slavery. England, on the other hand, ended slavery without resorting to violence. Look at the results. America still has a race problem. When blood is spilt, memories and animosities linger for generations. — Al Streett