Mon Jul 23, 2007
Web Revamp, Twitter & Tumblr
THIS SITE IS NOW UNDER REVAMP. So, I won't be updating this anymore UNLESS moved by the Spirit to do so.
If you are still interested in following my religious ramblings, check out my Twitter page and Tumblr blog. The blog presently is merely taking a feed from Twitter. ;-)
Mon Jul 09, 2007
It is a witness between us that the LORD is God." -- Joshua 22:34
Great reflection by Dennis Fisher for tomorrow's reading in Our Daily Bread:
"Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice is the story of an upper-middle-class Englishwoman named Lizzy Bennet who is pursued by Mr. Darcy, a brooding and complex man of great wealth. Lizzy's first impression of Mr. Darcy was that he was arrogant, introverted, and self-serving. So when he declares his love for her, she rejects him. Later, when she learns of his many secret acts of kindness for others, Lizzy admits that she had been wrong about Mr. Darcy and agrees to marry him.
"Joshua 22 records another instance of flawed first impressions. The tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh had built an altar near the Jordan. When the other tribes learned about this, they were enraged (vv.9-12) because God had commanded that He alone be worshiped and that sacrifices be performed only in the tabernacle (Ex. 20:3; Lev. 17:8-9). They saw the building of this altar as an act of apostasy. Fortunately, Phinehas the priest led a delegation to find out why they had built the altar (Josh. 22:13-33). They were told that it was a memorial of unity for all the tribes under the one God of Israel (v.34).
"Often our first impressions can be wrong. Open communication, however, can correct misunderstandings that are created by our own pride and prejudice."
Sat Jun 23, 2007
What Are My Christian Credentials?
Karla Manternach's reflection in Living Faith for 22 June 2007:
"... I too will boast." 2 Corinthians 11:18
In this passage, Paul is defending himself against other, competing missionaries. They have visited the Christian community in Corinth, and they have said some things to discredit them. It is a little bit like reading Paul's resume. And what a laundry list of "relevant experiences": imprisonments, beatings, brushes with death, lashings, encounters with danger of all kinds, sleeplessness, hunger, cold... and oh, how he worries about the churches he has founded!
I get a chuckle out of Paul. He's so passionate. He's so exasperated. But on the other hand, reading this gives me pause. If I were to boast, what would I have to boast about? What are my Christian credentials? What do I have to show for my faith? Before he was through spreading the Gospel, Paul had gotten himself executed. And what about me? I'm not looking to be martyred, but can people even tell by observing my that I am a disciple of Christ? Shouldn't my actions and my attitude at least give them a hint?
Lord Jesus, you are something to boast about. Help me to proclaim your Gospel!
Tue May 15, 2007
ETS President Returns to the Church ("Because truth matters")
An extract from a Washington Post story by Alan Cooperman on May 12, 2007, Evangelical Leader Returns To Catholicism - Move Reflects Narrowing Gap Between Denominations:
The president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), an association of 4,300 Protestant theologians, resigned this month because he has joined the Roman Catholic Church.
The May 5 announcement by Francis J. Beckwith, a tenured associate professor at Baptist-affiliated Baylor University in Waco, Tex., has left colleagues gasping for breath and commentators grasping for analogies... Beckwith, 46, said in a telephone interview that he had expected some repercussions in academic circles but was stunned by the public response. He said strangers have called him at home to berate him, and that his Internet server was overwhelmed by 2,000 e-mails a day to his personal Web site, which in the past seldom generated more than 90 a day.
...Beckwith is not the first, or even the most prominent, evangelical to switch to Catholicism in recent years. Others include Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), theologian Scott Hahn and the Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, editor of the journal First Things. On the other side of the equation, the Catholic Church has been losing droves of ordinary worshipers to the Pentecostal form of evangelicalism, particularly in Latin America.
Beckwith said his decision reflects how dramatically the divisions between evangelicals and Catholics have narrowed in recent decades, as they have stood shoulder to shoulder on issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage and school vouchers. The stormy reaction, however, is a reminder of the gaps that remain, particularly on such theological questions as whether to baptize infants and how human beings gain "justification," or righteousness in the eyes of God.
(See also Beckwith's story in his own words and the 500 comments on his blog.)