No context needed… But Jim is begging people to share this on Facebook
Wanted to give this another shout-out.
Registration for this year’s Light the Fire! 2014 conference is open to the public. United is offering a special rate of $99 each (that’s a $50 savings!) if registered by March 21st (World Down Syndrome Day).
LIGHT THE FIRE! 2014 SET FOR MAY 8-9
Light the Fire! 2014: The Fullness of Christ — A Church for All People will be held at Ginghamsburg Church, 6759 S. County Road 25A, Tipp City, OH. Featured speakers include Marva J. Dawn, William “Bill” Gaventa, Barbara J. Newman, Jeremy Schipper and Mike Slaughter.
This year’s Light the Fire! conference will equip clergy and laity to be faithful in ministry with people with disabilities. The conference will include theological discussion with plenty of “how to” sessions for creating a church of people of all abilities. For more information or to register, visit United’s website.
via Light the Fire.
We have seen that one of the charges against religion is that it claims exclusive truth. This is accurate, and Christianity does not escape the charge. But what do we mean when we talk about Christian truth? The central text is the saying of Jesus: “I am the truth.” Contrary to what might have been said and done later, the truth is not a collection of dogmas or conciliar or papal decisions. It is not doctrine. It is not even the Bible considered as a book. The truth is a person. – Jacques Ellul (Anarchy and Christianity, 26)
I will be preaching/ lecturing/ teaching/ speaking/ talking/ chatting/ jish-joshing at a local UMC church in mid-March. The topic will be based roughly on moving from fear (i.e., fundamentalism) to faith (i.e., reasonable Christianity). In preparing for my sermon series, 3 nights, I decided immediately to stick to the lectionary. I will use the Revised Common Lectionary covering two weeks (the second week begins on Sunday).
I want to address several issues during the series. I will cover the marks of fundamentalism and why they are dangerous. They are essentially:
I will not cover premillennialism because it is too tricky of a situation to tackle and it is a topic of doctrine, thus the pastor should handle it. The others I will easily cover and in doing so, hope to show why Christians need the institutional church rather than this idea of “me and Jesus.”
Thus far, I have selected the follow texts:
- Matthew 4.1-11 – Bread Alone, you say? Here, I will talk about the temptation in sola scriptura and how it separates us from the Great Tradition.
- Romans 5.12-19, with a focus on 5.15 specifically. I will talk about the extremes in American Christianity. The sinners and the sinless and how that which is in the middle is Grace. Fundamentalism is hyper-focused on sin and sees it everywhere. Is that healthy? Are we to live in fear? If sin is everywhere, then Christ is pointless. (Combine the extremes, and you will have the true center – Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel)
- Genesis 12.1-4 – I aim to speak about why the Church is losing members and “why the United Methodist Church.”
One of the issues I am struggling with is how to connect and yet to make sure they are standalone.
More information to follow, of course.
In recent months a lot of interest has been generated in the pronouncements of the (relatively) new head of the Catholic Church, in relation to social and economic matters. Given that 99% of us have been affected by the economic crash over the past several years to some degree, it is fair to say that Pope Francis’ public statements have generated some interest among people outside of that faith, and indeed of no faith. This has led me to wonder about the ambiguous relationship the Catholic Church has had with the capitalist system which has been the dominant system in our world over the previous couple of centuries.
Give it a read…
I blame Anthony Le Donne for this creation.
The Le Donne has a vote up:
I do not Q. I do not N. I do not Thomas. I Mark.
You will have to read the interview here:
He begins by quoting John 1.1 in the NKJV. Not the Greek, but a translation. As such, he writes,
In this verse, the Greek word logos is translated “word.” There is much that could be said about the word’s deep meaning in regard to Jesus being the Word, the Creator who spoke the universe and life into existence (Colossians 1).
From there, he only gets worse. His argument, all of his arguments really, are based on a translation and not on what the theological emphasis behind what the word/sentence/linguistic image may mean. For instance, is John pulling the Logos imagery from Wisdom of Solomon 18 or from Philo who pulled it from Heraclitus? Not that Wisdom may be different from Philo, if you interpret Proverbs 8 (and Wisdom 7) in light of the Alexandrian Logos.
He then goes on to associate Jesus Christ with Scripture. This is a common doctrinal idolization found in fundamentalist sects. They do not understand Scripture except as a form of Jesus. Rather, as one minister once told me, Jesus is Scripture in the flesh.
Such compromise, however, undermines the authority of the Word and is dangerous to the health of the church. In reality, an attack on the Word of God is an attack on Jesus Christ, who is the Word.
Scripture is not the word of God. It does not claim to be. It contains prophecies and message from God, but the only thing writers called other writings now included in our canon is something along the lines of “holy writings.” Note, not only all of their holy writings made it into our canon.
As discussed on Facebook with someone over this past week, Ham has a nasty habit of reading everything the same way – woodenly, which is why when he says evolutionists call Genesis 1-11 “incorrect” he is committing a grave error, almost a lie. He can see no difference in nuance. Rather, I would maintain Genesis 1-11 is classic ANE myth, a theologized account. Ham shows himself to be the theological liberal that he is, taking only his experience (what scripture says to him) as the validator of what Scripture is. He is his own authority.
In one blog post, Ham as revealed himself to be an 1.) idolator who worships the creature (a book) more than the Creator, 2.) a liberal who proclaims his own authority, and possibly 3.) a mythicist who doesn’t believe Jesus is anything more than a story.
- Ken Ham’s Lucrative Shipwreck (nathandickey.wordpress.com)
- Ken Ham Calls Progressive Christians ‘More Dangerous’ Than Atheists After Criticism He’s Driving Believers Away BY STOYAN ZAIMOV, CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER (lacykitkat.wordpress.com)
- A Snippet from Casey’s “Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths”- This Week’s “Book of the Week” (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
Into these divided worlds, Tillich introduced the idea that culture and religion are within each other. His “existential concept of religion” eliminated the gap between the sacred and the secular. Tillich called religion “the state of being grasped by an ultimate concern.” In turn, he said, culture was “the form of religion” which, era by era, expresses “intimate movement of the soul” as art. To this end, Tillich famously referred to Picasso’s “Guernica” as “the greatest Protestant painting after 1900.” In his “Theology at the End of Culture” (Peeters, 2005), Re Manning said Tillich saw this explicit war painting as a protest against the way humans are simultaneously estranged from the divine (genocide) and embrace it (art).
Sorry, just want to save this for later