Dec 21 2014

Beguine Again: Meditating On the Longest Night of the Year

I thought I knew what I wanted to write about for this blog post, but I think I’ll save that for another day. I woke up this morning feeling tired and drained and just plain icky. So I rolled over and went back to sleep. The next time I woke up I had a sore throat…

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Dec 21 2014

connexions: Hymn of the day

Lo! He lays his glory by,
Emptied of his majesty!
See the God who all things made,
Humbly in a manger laid.
Cast we off our needless fear,
Boldly to his crib draw near;
Jesus is our flesh and bone,
God-with-us is all our own.
Will his majesty disdain
The poor shepherd’s simple strain?
No; for Israel’s shepherd, he
Loves their artless melody.
He will not refuse […]

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Dec 20 2014

Jason C. Stanley: God’s Wish List

‘It is not a time to give God our wish list.’ -A. Elaine Brown Crawford, The Lord is Our Light It’s that time of year. We’ve been making lists and checking them twice. I made a list of… Read More

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Dec 20 2014

Tuesdays with Morris: Much Ado About Candle Wax

It is finally upon us…the most wonderful time of the year! Yes indeed my friends…it’s time for the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service! For those of us in ministry (clergy or laity), we know that every Christmas Eve, church trustees, building committees and facilities teams lift up heartfelt prayers to the Almighty (or Sweet Baby Jesus, […]

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Dec 20 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Ten Alternative Uses for Fruitcake (Because Who Would Want to Eat One?)

from thedailymeal.com:___

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Dec 20 2014

JacobFields.org: Created Good

Jan Brueghel: The Younger Creation of Adam

A fundamental aspect of how we see the world around us and how we understand Christianity stems from how we understand who we are. What is our nature as humans? If we were created by a good God why is there suffering? 

Christians for centuries have been trying to answer these questions. Many of the voices in Protestantism about human nature come from theologians around the time of the reformation. You may notice that people like John Wesley and Rob Bell have a very different perspective than your average evangelical Christian. Their theology is strongly influenced by a 3rd century theologian named Irenaeus whose work laid the foundation for the beliefs the church would grow on. There were many different sects who claimed to follow Jesus’ teachings that were far from what you or I believe about God, and Irenaeus wrote directly confronting those groups and in doing so laid out a convincing perspective that continues to have appeal even today. Irenaeus had this concept that we were created good and that makes all the difference. Below is a paper I wrote attempting to explain this concept in some depth. I hope you are able to see truth in it that you have known with your life, and that you can see aspects of things you hear in a Methodist church, or even in Rob Bell’s books/videos.

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