Thursday, June 29, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Since Shaun resurrected my piece on Revolutionary Generosity, it has received a bit of renewed attention by different bloggers. Unfortunately, it's still being treated as an argument against tithing (or, worse, giving in general), rather than a celebration of Jubilee. Nevertheless, I'm sure it's helpful for us all to think through the issues involved. It's certainly been helpful for me to follow the predominantly negative comments left by different readers.
However, I've been surprised how often the story of the Widow's Mite has come up [i]in opposition[/i] to what I wrote. At first I was baffled because I don't think the point of that story is that the Widow tithed! (Clearly, if anything, she is giving more in line with the kind of thing that I was advocating.) However, I then realised that the story was being used to argue against my statement that tithing is unjust because it privileges the rich and asks too much from the poor. In that case, I think the widows mite is a great passage to invoke as the whole story is about the extortion of the poor to privilege the powerful.Read more...
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Jesus is a safe place from the hurricane of God's holy and just wrath . . . (John Piper, quoted favourably by Warnock)Anyway, the point of this post was not to get into that debate but to caution over how the debate is framed. Specifically, I was aghast to see Adrian commenting on Phil Johnson's blog and implying that if you reject the doctrine of penal substitution then you reject the gospel and are thus going to hell.
I found myself too affected by the thought that some of those commentators may be deceiving themselves into thinking they are Christians and all the time drifting to hell on a river called "good intentions". ...For some of my commentators, who knows their eternal destiny might hang in the balance - for what is more important than our understanding of the gospel?:-o Am I missing something? Are we seriously implying that 'our understanding of the gospel' equates to an adherence to one particular doctrine of the atonement? And are we really now suggesting that if you don't buy into a particular doctrine of the atonement then your eternal destiny is in danger? God help us! Read more...
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
The term goes back to Henry Drummond, a 19th century evangelical lecturer, from his Lowell Lectures on the Ascent of Man. He chastises those Christians who point to the things that science can not yet explain – "gaps which they will fill up with God" – and urges them to embrace all nature as God's, as the work of "... an immanent God, which is the God of Evolution, is infinitely grander than the occasional wonder-worker, who is the God of an old theology." [source]Such reasoning seems to be less popular nowadays (as we run out of gaps!), but it still exists. However, what is not so rare is a "devil of the gaps" belief. I've heard Christians claim that both David Blaine and Derren Brown were using Satanic power. Why? Well, how else do they do it?! (It seems to me that there is something inherently arrogant about such claims. What it boils down to is the assumption that if I can't explain it then there cannot be any earthly explanation.) Anyway, that's all a precursor to saying that on Sunday night, I saw a 5-year old boy focus his mind and manage to make himself too heavy for two grown men to lift.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Serenity with tenacity is the heart of anabaptist spiritual devotion. It unites the passive "not my will but yours with the active "Thy will be done on earth." (P. 88.)Chapter 3 of David Augsburger's Dissident Discipleship has to be one of the simplest. Yet, it may have been the chapter more than any other (apart from the intro) that had me umming and arring in agreement all the way through. On re-reads, I found it to be even more profound - especially in its implications - than I had originally thougt. Read more...
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
I can't help it; I have a one-track mind. Everywhere I turn it's the same. It doesn't matter if I'm with Ruth or Mary, or even Paul - it's all I can think about!Read more...
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Thursday, June 01, 2006
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