Talking to a (for now) friend who seems to dismiss lex orandi. My question to him was, “What did Peter Böhler say to Wesley? Now, if you are a Methodist of any worth, you know exactly what he said. “Fake it until you Make it, Fr. John.” (Watts Paraphrase) I was truly amazed to see this, […]
How in the world anyone can disagree with lex orandi, I don’t know… Barth, of course, in his late writings on ethics, gave a related but distinct account of the relation of liturgy and ethos (an account with which Jüngel is closely familiar). For Barth, invocation of God is the first action of the Christian ethos:97 […]
Many like to suggest theology, doctrine, etc… doesn’t matter — even to the point of having statements like that enshrined in formulaic paragraphs. But Jesus actually does care about your theology. If theology is as St. Augustine first noted, the study of the divine (“de divinitate rationem sive sermonem,” De civitate Dei, 8.i ), then […]
St Symeon…. brings me to tears at times. All too often we focus on the kingdom… forgetting humility or have a humility with the necessary authority.
Image via Wikipedia Yesterday, although it was a feast-day of Satan, you preferred to keep a spiritual feast, recieving our words with great good will, and spending most of the day here in church, drinking a drunkness of self-control, and dancing in the chorus of Paul. – On Wealth and Poverty, Sermon 1 The feast […]
Image via Wikipedia This is and excerpt from a sermon by St. Augustine (Sermo 185: PL 38, 997-999) on the mystery of the incarnation which is used by some on Christmas: Awake, mankind! For your sake God has become man. Awake, you who sleep, rise up from the dead, and Christ will enlighten you. I […]
Image via Wikipedia I have come to admire the Golden Mouth, John Chrysostom, from a homiletic standpoint as well as an interpretative standpoint. He is sound in many of this thoughts, and although we may arrive at a different view of the Godhead, it would be difficult at best to find that difference in this […]
Reading in Oden in the wake of his passing… In the weakness of their waning ideologies, secular chauvinists have focused obsessively on how Christian teaching has changed over the years. They cannot get enough of the differences between Christians of various historical periods, gloating over these differences as if they were decisive. These chauvinists report […]
Matt O’Reilly has written a response to an “opinion” piece on UMNS, an official organ of the UMC. I will not do much else except to add what Wesley wrote. Wesley wrote, “Orthodoxy, or right opinions, is never more than a slender part of religion; sometimes no part of it at all.” I would wager that […]
There is, as always, some discussion about Wesley and orthodoxy. Of course, many are misinformed with no intent to rid themselves of this plague of stupidity. Wesley was orthodox and considered that only the orthodox are Christian — but that those who were only orthodox were not to be styled as such.