Aug 29 2014

Commmonplace Holiness blog: Albert Outler on Wesley’s Sermon ‘Christian Perfection’

Some comments from Albert Outler about John Wesley’s sermon on “Christian Perfection” — and the fears it arouses: If, for Wesley, salvation was the total restoration of the deformed image of God in us, and if its fullness was the…

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Aug 29 2014

Rev. Brent L. White: God has the right to take human life, which he exercises all the time

My sermon texts for the next three sermons come from the Book of Judges, a famously violent book in which even God’s people often do morally reprehensible things—and increasingly so as the book goes on (which is part of its point). Judges mostly reports these events without passing judgment, until its final, thematic verse: “In those days there […]

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Aug 29 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Luke Timothy Johnson on Martin Luther on James and Paul

[James] throws things together so chaotically that it seems to me he must have been some good, pious man who took a few sayings from the disciples of the apostles and thus tossed them off onto the paper. James is a right strawy epistle.–Martin LutherB…

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Aug 29 2014

ClergySpirit: Live well in the ‘uninstagrammable’

How can we become less avoidant and more present to life?
…with that meaningless apology we offer others when they’re around (“Sorry, just need to check this email”) and grant ourselves when we’re alone (‘Well, there might be something important happening somewhere in the world’), I check my phone, knowing that I needn’t. But as I set down the fat hardcover for a break, the sleek new interface of iOS 7 seems so easy, so efficient, so smart. And then: horrifying. The Twitter stream of a thousand thoughts in real time and the Instagram curation of an unsustainable aesthetic imposed on everyday living and the Facebook Likes and Friend Requests and Updates Updates Updates and the emails in my inbox about designing a smartphone app to win a chance to meet the Dalai Lama — “Tech for compassion!” it reads, and I shiver. 

We live in era obsessed with capturing, keeping, sharing, spreading. But it is the moments we can hold only in our flawed and failing minds that make up our real lives. It is those moments, then, reckless and out of sight, uninstagrammable and untweetable and lost in the instant, that make us human.

From The Stanford Daily and by Jennifer Schaffer, Book Review: “The Circle” and the Masking of Workaholicism  

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Aug 29 2014

Hopeful: First Things First

Originally posted on A Pastor’s Thoughts:
Abba Abraham told of a man of Scetis who was a scribe and did not eat bread. A brother came to beg him to copy a book. The old man whose spirit was…

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Aug 29 2014

One Mile Mosser: Labor Day 2014

The late Rev. John Claypool (d. 3 September 2005) reminds us on this Labor Day: “When we offer up our daily work to the glory of God and the benefit of our families and communities, we proceed to play our roles in the daily struggle to make God more visible in the world and bring God’s realm into fuller realization.”

Labor Day is a day to celebrate the work we do in the world. Often, our work is one of the ways we define our lives and thereby celebrate our lives. I suggest that this week and in preparation for Holy Worship of God Almighty that we employ the following prayer from Reinhold Niebuhr, who offered it up to God and for us:

O God, you have bound us together in this life.
Give us grace to understand how our lives depend
on the courage, the industry, the honesty,
and the integrity of all who labor.
May we be mindful of their needs, grateful for their faithfulness,
and faithful in our responsibilities to them;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May this Labor Day be a day of thanksgiving for our honest work in God’s Realm.

Come Worship
Stay Learn
Go, Serve

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