Dr Michael J. Svigel – We don’t discover God; He discloses Himself. We don’t uncover data; He unveils truth. We don’t climb to Him; He comes to us.
Daily Archives: 11 Jan 2018
Many Christians struggle with what it means to forgive a pastor who has committed a grievous act. Recently, a Memphis megachurch pastor admitted to a “sexual incident” with a high school student 20 years ago in Texas. I’m not in a place to render judgment over another church’s matters. Yet how should we think about forgiveness of a pastor?
Christians struggle with this question because Christianity centers on the idea of forgiveness. Step one in becoming a Christian is acknowledging that you are a sinner in need of forgiveness.
When the pastor is exposed, some push the message of forgiveness. “Who of us is without sin?” they might say, drawing from Jesus in John 8. Meanwhile, others object: “But how can we trust this guy?”
I side with the second group.
Read the rest. Good stuff. He’s right.
‘My voice’ may be the most overused phrase in modern English. It’s as though people have gone mad and have a pathological insistence that everyone hear them.
Even Christians have fallen victim to ‘voice-ology’ or ‘voice-ianity’. Apparently forgetting that there’s only one voice we NEED to listen to.
Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice. (Jn. 18:37)
Perhaps, then, Christians should pay more attention to the One Voice and not every voice…
If it can be said that the beginnings of the Reformation were a series of footnotes to the Pauline corpus, its continuation through the following century was a series of footnotes to Augustine.- Ralph Keen
This one looks interesting, doesn’t it-
The present volume contains the proceedings of an international colloquium that dealt with heavily fragmented texts and hypothetical sources, and the “shadowy” characters and movements they feature. These two aspects are combined and studied to ascertain how they have been handled in the history of research, to find out what they reveal about the community or the group expressing itself through (or hiding behind) them, and to establish the role these documents and figures or groups should be given in reconstructing an overall picture of developments in the theology and religious life of early Christianity. As can be imagined, such documents and sources have sometimes been taken as an open invitation to come up with all sorts of highly creative exegesis, adventurous reconstructions of texts and movements, and quite daring suggestions about identifying particular groups or presumed literary influences between documents. The essays contribute to the writing of a critical history of researching these types of documents and movements.
Go to the link for the contents.