Andy must use sermon books written by others or jump, hop, and skip around, decontextualizing passages and twisting their meaning so horrifically that the biblical writers wouldn’t even recognize what they wrote.
Expository preaching isn’t easy, it’s extremely difficult because it is duty bound to deal with the text and not USE the text to say whatever one wishes to say.
And yes, that’s exactly how people grow in the faith, Mr Stanley- because Scripture and the Spirit are the sine qua non of spiritual growth.
And finally Mr Stanley’s dreadful ignorance of Scripture makes it self most firmly known in his suggestion that the persons in Scripture preached willy nilly crazy skipping and jumping like he did. What he doesn’t know, tragically, is that that is exactly what they did NOT do. The writers of Scripture were supremely theological. Mr Stanley could learn something from them. If he would put down his dad’s sermon books long enough.
For instance, you’ll never hear a Barthian cite his treatment of Romans 1:26-27 in CD III/4. I suppose sycophantism has its limits.
Calvin dedicated his Commentary on Hebrews to Sigismund Augustus on 23 May, 1546. He begins thusly
THERE are at this day many foolish men, who everywhere, through a vain desire for writing, engage the minds of ignorant and thoughtless readers with their trifles. And to this evil, most illustrious King, is added another indignity—that while they inscribe to kings and princes their silly things, to disguise, or at least to cover them by borrowed splendour, they not only profane sacred names, but also impart to them some measure of their own disgrace.
Since the unreasonable temerity of such men makes it necessary for serious and sober writers to frame an excuse, when they publicly dedicate their labours to great men, while yet there is nothing in them but what corresponds with the greatness of those to whom they are offered, it was necessary to make this remark, lest I should seem to be of the number of those who allow themselves, through the example of others, to render public anything they please, however foolish it may be.
But it has not escaped me how much it has the appearance of foolish confidence, that I, (not to speak of other things,) who am an unknown and obscure man, should not hesitate to address your royal Majesty. Let my reasons be heard, and if you, O King, approve of what I do, what others may judge will cause me no great anxiety.
And then he does what Calvin does. He writes exceptionally helpful things.
137 shots is justifiable? But how?
A Cleveland police officer was acquitted Saturday of charges of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of two unarmed people in a 137-shot barrage following a high-speed car chase. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John P. O’Donnell ruled that Michael Brelo, 31, a white officer, acted within his constitutional rights in the November 2012 deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, two black motorists.
The judge, after reading a 34-page summary of the case, said he found that “Brelo’s entire use of deadly force was a constitutionally reasonable response to an objectively reasonably perceived threat of great bodily harm from the occupants of the a Malibu, Russell and Wiliams.” Brelo, his lips quivering, appeared near tears, as the judge delivered the verdict. He then embraced his attorneys and left the courtroom.
America… Cops aren’t the only people who deserve the benefit of the doubt.
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Das IKJ ist ein Institut der Evangelischen Kirche in Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische Oberlausitz und ist der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin angegliedert.
And visit their homepage.
Das 1960 an der Kirchlichen Hochschule Berlin (West) gegründete Institut Kirche und Judentum ist ein Werk der Evangelischen Kirche in Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische Oberlausitz (EKBO). Es ist seit 1994 der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin angegliedert und hatte seinen Sitz im Berliner Dom. Seit Mai 2007 befindet sich das Institut im Gebäude der Theologischen Fakultät. Über die Arbeit an den Publikationen hinaus führt das Institut Vortragsveranstaltungen, Arbeitsgemeinschaften, Seminare, Studienwochen sowie Studienfahrten nach Israel durch. Es arbeitet in überregionalen Gremien mit und regt zu Forschungsarbeiten zum Gesamtthema ‚Kirche und Israel‘ an. Die Bemühungen um Grundfragen des christlich-jüdischen Verhältnisses und um eine angemessene christliche Judentumskunde, die im Zentrum der Arbeit des Instituts stehen, haben die Förderung eines neuen Verhältnisses von Christen und Juden zum Ziel. Das IKJ wurde von 1960 bis 1974 von Prof. Dr. Günther Harder, von 1974 bis 2007 von Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Peter von der Osten-Sacken und von 2007 bis 2009 von Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Liwak geleitet. Zum 1. Januar 2010 hat die Kirchenleitung der EKBO Prof. Dr. Markus Witte die Leitung des Instituts übertragen.
A simple reminder for Christians: just because something is legal doesn’t mean it’s moral. “It’s better to obey God than society”.