- The Church doesn’t need you, you need it.
- God doesn’t need you, you need God.
- Christ doesn’t need you, you need Christ.
It. Gives. Us. Hope.
The Christian, then, being most fully persuaded, that all things come to pass by the dispensation of God, and that nothing happens fortuitously, will always direct his eye to him as the principal cause of events. – John Calvin
Earlier today someone called @crazypastor tweeted-
“The Bible calls us to stand in solidarity with the poor, not demonize and blame them for their reality.”
So I responded
Can anyone help me locate this verse?
Of course no one can, because no such ‘Bible calls us’ passage exists. Which brings me to my present point: ‘the Bible calls us to stand in solidarity… etc., except it simply doesn’t.
‘Theology informs us-‘ well, ok, I can live with that. But don’t shove words into the Bible’s mouth just because people are so ignorant of it that they don’t know you’re lying about it. No one benefits by misrepresentation. And there’s enough misrepresentation of the Bible around these days as it is. Just watch any Bible ‘special’ or movie on tv.
If you have a point to make, make it honestly and use theological resources like the Bible accurately. Otherwise, just be quiet.
There are six things that Yahweh hates, seven that he abhors:
Sounds like God wouldn’t be too fond of either Trump or Congress, doesn’t it.
Nothing has bound Africa and Europe more together than the history of Christianity. From Paradise onwards, the Church has been the communion of believers. As the Body of Jesus Christ she started in Jerusalem. Through the proclamation of the Gospel the Church soon reached parts of Africa and the Atlantic Coast, from where – after the Middle Ages and particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries – she took deep root in Sub-Saharan Africa. Today, in post-modern times, African Christianity is being challenged to re-plant the Church in secularized Europe.
This textbook for learners and teachers of the History of the Church focuses on the West and the South, on Europe and Africa, the continents whose histories have been increasingly intertwined since Antiquity. Since the 1960s, the classical dependence of the South on the North has changed dramatically. There is a clear shift in the centre of gravity of Christianity from the north to the south Atlantic, making African Christianity increasingly important. The future of European Christianity largely depends on a much-needed shift to mission-mindedness in the African churches.
I genuinely enjoyed Stephen’s earlier book on Christian Zionism so I’m looking forward to reading this, which he’s sent along for review.
If greedy gaping after gain
To get another groat
Makes usury dispatch apace
To cut the poor man’s throat – Ausonius
Are the generic equivalent of the theological world. Like generic generic cereal, they might feed you but there’s little quality and lots of bug droppings used as filler.
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