Tim Kimberley the Executive Director at Credo House has a great series called Elder Questions over at the Parchment and Pen blog. In a recent post he posed the question (or rather he was posed the question)
list 6 core convictions concerning which you (as elder) will never give in, nor even bend on, as you lead the church and reference at least 3 scriptures [in] support [of] each one.
I think this is a great question to wrestle with. Here are my six.
1. God created all things seen and unseen
In keeping with the intent of this question, I am not necessarily addressing how long it took or even how long ago that occurred (although these are important). Here the central conviction is that God exists outside of His creation, outside of space and time, and is the First Cause of all that exists. This is probably the most central claim of the Scriptures and the one that can be seen in creation itself. Continue reading
Benjamin Corey over at Formerly Fundie offers 10 reasons why reading the Bible makes us (or at least him) more progressive. And Jesus Creed had a lively discussion on this post. In this post I wanted to share my perspective on some of his list and provide 5 things the progressive movement misses when they read their Bible.
Five parts of the Bible the Progressive movement misses
- Power is often abused by those who have it.
- Voluntary acts of love and giving is what God wants. Continue reading
We’ve looked at Zombie outbreaks in Sardis and Ephesus. But Zombie outbreaks were not confined to these areas. John Wesley himself often dealt with them.
converse sparingly and warily with them that are dead while they live
In January 1748, John Wesley recounts a time when a zombie horde (mob) attacked him at William Stone’s house (reminiscent of a Night of the Living Dead movie) and how he barely escaped with his life. Continue reading
Stephen Hawking in his book – A Brief History of Time describes the quest to understand the universe we live in:
And our goal is nothing less than a complete description of the universe we live in. … if we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we would know the mind of God.
Throughout the book Hawking describes general relativity, quantum mechanics, and string theory, trying to help those of us who are not uber-physicists get a handle on how the universe works.
But Wright reminds us that the way space, time, and matter are viewed and studied today are very different than how first century Jewish people would have understood them and how they fit within them. Their worldview would center on their covenant relationship with God. Continue reading
On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther (1483–1546) posted the 95 Theses protesting among many things the sale of indulgences.
#27 There is no divine authority for preaching that the soul flies out of the purgatory immediately the money clinks in the bottom of the chest.
His goal was to reform the Roman Catholic Church. The result was the Protestant Reformation. Continue reading
Tomorrow is Reformation Day (aka Halloween). It is the day when Martin Luther published the 95 Theses and ignited the Protestant Reformation in 1517.
John Wesley was a Reformer in his own right who worked to revitalize the Anglican church and to keep the Methodism movement he started from splintering off into its own church. He lived near the mid point between the start of the Reformation and our current day and thus provides us with an interesting “midterm report”. Continue reading
The passage John 3:16 is perhaps the most popular and well known verse in the Scriptures. Most of you reading this probably have the familiar words forming in your mind right now.
For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (NET)
Many call it the “gospel in a nutshell”. Max Lucado describes the passage in his book 3:16 as
[a] twenty-six word parade of hope: beginning with God, ending with life, and urging us to do the same. Brief enough to write on a napkin or memorize in a moment, yet solid enough to weather two thousand years of storms and questions.
John Wesley was someone who focused on the practical matters of living out the Christian life. But he did not ignore the essential doctrines of the faith.
In sermon #45, entitled “The New Birth”, John Wesley explores the doctrine of regeneration. Continue reading
One night a Pharisee named Nicodemus visited Jesus. He had seen the miracles that Jesus was doing and knew that He must have been sent by God. We can infer that Nicodemus must have known or at least suspected that these signs were pointing to “the one who is to come” (see Jesus answer to John the Baptist in Matthew 11:2-6). And he probably heard Jesus proclaim that the “kingdom was at hand” (Mark 1:15).
Knowing that Nicodemus’ thoughts were on the kingdom and the coming King, Jesus responds to Nicodemus by telling him (John 3:3 NET):
I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
This statement confused Nicodemus. He did not fully understand what regeneration was or why it was needed. Continue reading