Sep 02 2014

Sandpiper's Thoughts: What difference does it make?

What difference does prevenient grace make in our lives?  What difference does it make that God pursues us – that God prepares the way for us?In our lives we are used to the idea that we make our own way.  We might prepare ourselves for a tas…

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Sep 02 2014

Uniting Grace: Reimagining United Methodist Education

What would it look like for United Methodist colleges and universities to be identifiably Wesleyan in ethos and practice?  Most Mainline-related institutions of higher education have very little about them that is recognizably Christian: maybe a rarely used, symbolically neutral chapel, or perhaps a required religion class that may or may not have anything to do […]

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Sep 02 2014

PreacherRich.com: Three Lessons From My Three Week Break!

I didn’t realize how bad it had gotten. Others saw it in me, but I missed it. The stress was building. Things weren’t going quite as well as they had been. I wasn’t sleeping very well. My eating habits were changing, and not to the better. I was being short with people. I was letting […]

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Sep 02 2014

Sunday's Child: Reflection on readings for September 2

God is our refuge and strength,a very present help in trouble.(Psalm 46:1)Ecclesiastes 1:1-3:22A wise ruler is looking back over the task he had set for himself–to study and to probe with wisdom all that happens under the sun. He has spent his li…

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Sep 02 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Trinity Tuesday: The Trinitarian Revival

The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History and ModernityIt is now common to note that there has been a surprising revival of interest in the doctrine of the Trinity since the second half of the twentieth century. Christoph Schwӧbel comments that “at the beginning of this period it still seemed necessary to lament the neglect of trinitarian reflection in modern theology and to offer apologies for engaging with such allegedly remote and speculative issues,” but goes on to say, “both lamentation and apologies, would seem out of place in today’s theological situation.” Recent writers have found in the Trinity not just the essence of Christian faith, but a seemingly endless generative doctrine for ethical and social ideas. Right belief about the Trinity will determine our understanding of the church, of proper shape of human society, and of many other pastoral and political questions. As Miroslav Volf put it in the title of a paper, “The Trinity is Our Social Program.”
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from Stephen R. Holmes, The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History and Modernity, p. 1.

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Sep 02 2014

Hopeful: Peace

In morning devotion:                             At Peace Now At peace this bright July morning, Green grass as deep green and fragrant as I can recall, The sky clear and welcoming me, The lake crystalline and deep azure, I fear nothing today. … Continue reading

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