Jan 28 2015

ComPassion: It’s Time to Call “Progressives” What They Are

Increasingly, I have become uncomfortable with calling “progressives” progressives. Why? Because they are not progressive. To progress means to advance, not only in the sense of forward motion, but of improvement. But so-called progressives, and I refer specifically to those in the church and especially those in The United Methodist Church, are not advancing the…

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Jan 28 2015

Allan R. Bevere: Kingdom Ethics Requires the Rule of the King

from Scot McKnight:
Kingdom of God, instead of aligning with already existing political powers, created a new kind of kingdom with a new king, a new rule and redemption, a new people, a new law and a new sense of place. The ethic of the kingdom is for those people living under that king not for the public sector living under other kings.

It violates the integrity of kingdom theology to impose that ethic or vision on others and turns kingdom theology into a secularized (I mean that term as “worldly” not as in “secular humanism”) alternative. One can’t enter into kingdom ethics apart from living under the king and participating in that king’s redemptive rule. One compromises that kingdom and that rule and that king when one softens or adjusts it all to fit under another empire’s orders and ways of being.

The biggest mistake made in the Christian and politics discussion is to assume that what God has said to the covenant community (e.g., Israel, the church) is also for the non-covenanted people. To be sure, God’s will is God’s will and therefore God’s will for all, but the kingdom vision of Jesus is for kingdom people not for non-kingdom people. We are not called to impose kingdom ethics on the world but to call people into the kingdom.
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Jan 28 2015

Pastor Patrick - Never On A Sunday: God’s Story in 66 Verses – A Review

A Review

I was concerned when I first saw the title of this book.  God provided 66 books in the Bible – how could anyone fairly reduce each book to a single verse?  Obviously, one cannot.

However, unlike the title suggests, the Stan Guthrie does not do so.  Rather than providing a commentary on 66 verses, he provides a rather complete introduction to each of the 66 book beginning with what most of us would call the key verse.  

As is my usual practice with such books, rather than reading the entire book, I spend time exploring those books I am currently studying.  This week that involves the book of Galatians in the NT (from which I am preaching) and the book of Joel in the OT (the subject of a small group Bible Study I am part of).  In each case the author has created an accurate introduction to the texts, using not just the key text but several key texts found throughout the book being studied. I found the book easy to read and follow – even though it has a degree of depth I might not expect from such an introduction.  Though written for a more scholarly audience, the content and overview provided is similar to that provided by Henrietta Mears in her classic, What the Bible is All About.  The content could also serve as an the book introduction similar to that found at the beginning of most Study Bibles, but with a bit more depth.

The book could be a good Bible introduction for anyone seeking to read the Bible through in a year or two.  It could also serve as the starting point for a sermon series moving a congregation through the entire Bible – a dream of mine, but unlikely to occur given my current congregation. content is too brief to serve as a Bible Introduction text in a College or Seminary course, but might serve that purpose well in a Sunday School or small group Bible Study.   

This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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Jan 28 2015

Palabras de Deb: Learning to #Leap

Original post at http://pastoradeb.blogspot.com/2015/01/learning-to-leap.html A few months ago I sat down with my District Superintendent (DS) to talk about ministry and transitions, including my recent move.  From the outside looking in, it was a big leap to go from a church of 130 to a church of 550.  Who am I kidding, from the inside …

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Jan 28 2015

LifeBrook: The Necessity of Obedience

Mick Turner It has taken me a long time to get this basic Christian teaching past my overly active, comfort seeking, rationalizing mind: obedience lies at the very core of the Christian walk of faith. It should be easy enough to see this fundamental reality but the fact is, no matter how many pious platitudes […]

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Jan 28 2015

Commmonplace Holiness blog: Why I Love the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas

Many years ago (and for reasons I don’t entirely fathom myself) I became dissatisfied with the fact that I had little or no comprehension of the theology of Thomas Aquinas. The few times I dipped into the Summa Theologica I…

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