Throwback on the Trinity

"The Church, though dispersed throughout the whole world, even to the ends of the earth, has received from the apostles and their disciples this faith: . . . one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are in them; and in one Christ Jesus, the Son... Continue Reading →

Marching for Sandwiches, Marcus Borg and Civility

The Clockwork Pastor

Social media lit up yesterday after the Director of Civil and Human Rights in the  United Methodist Church decided to hold up a sign on Thursday during the March of Life.  Bill Mefford held up a sign that said “I March for Sandwiches” with the marchers for the March for Life in the background.  A number of pro life folk were upset and wondered why Mefford wasn’t marching for real.  I’m not here to talk about abortion.  (I tend to be in the “mushy middle” on abortion, I tend to see it not as a “good,” but something that might have to be used in either tragic or desparate circumstances.)  I want to talk about the lack respect that is found at time from progressive Christians when they encounter people that they don’t agree with.

Mefford apologized for his stunt.  Via Rod Dreher, Mefford wrote:

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Wednesday with the Wesleys

III. 1. One inference we may make from what has been said: we may learn from hence what is a catholic spirit. There is scarce any expression which has been more grossly misunder stood and more dangerously misapplied than this, but it will be easy for any who calmly consider the preceding observations to correct... Continue Reading →

Weekly Readings: 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

First reading Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Psalm Psalm 62:5-12 Second reading 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Gospel Mark 1:14-20 Prayer: Lord we have been created for and Called into your service; help me, I pray, to live my life completely surrendered to that service, living as if the world were nothing to me, in Christ's name. Amen.

Discipleship

One of the most celebrated books of the twentieth century, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "Cost of Discipleship" or simply "Discipleship" needs little introduction. The book is about grace and what it means to truly receive and appreciate grace. Bonhoeffer was upset with the Church in Germany of his day, because he felt that it had grown lazy,... Continue Reading →

Wednesday with the Wesleys

5. I say, "perhaps he cannot know," for who can tell how far invincible ignorance may extend or (that comes to the same thing) invincible prejudice, which is often so fixed in tender minds that it is afterwards impossible to tear up what has taken so deep a root? And who can say unless he... Continue Reading →

Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray 1828-1917     To most of the world Murray is known as a great author; in his native South Africa, Murray was an educator, evangelist, political activist, and Dutch-Reform Minister. Much of his life was centered on finding a practical balance to his mystic ideas. Taught by the Master     "The disciples had been with Christ,... Continue Reading →

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