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“Worship is nothing more nor less than love on its knees before the beloved; just as mission is love on its feet to serve the beloved” (9). – For All God’s Worth

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A large stumbling block for the Church has always been language, especially when discussing the more mysterious doctrines.  In discussing the Trinity, John Calvin humbly submits, “I am not so minutely precise as to fight furiously for mere words” (I.13.5).  Prior to saying this he denounces heretics, and after this he shows how many of the Orthodox scholars after and during the great debates and ecumenical councils of the Church continued to question the precise language used in denouncing the early heretics as shown in the creeds that were born from them.  May the Church continue to tread lightly in “fighting furiously for mere words,” while we pursue the peace, purity and UNITY of the Body.  He later says:

“The modesty of these holy men (those who questioned the language used) should be an admonition to us not instantly to dip our pen in gal, and sternly denounce those who may be unwilling to swear to the terms which we have devised, provided they…are will to ponder the necessity which compels us so to speak, and may thus become gradually accustomed to a useful form of expression.”

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A few questions for the online community:

Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the women were with the disciples in “the upper room” waiting as Jesus had told them to (Acts 1:12-14).  And in 2:1 Luke writes that “they were all together in one place.”  Did the Spirit fall upon Mary and the women?  Did they speak in other languages with the disciples?  If your opinion is that they did, does this have any bearing about women’s roles in the church?  

You are invited to join the discussion…

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Here is a short, yet thought provoking post by a friend.

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It has been interesting to see how the language of “going green” is adopted and understood by everyone today.  In referring to everyone, I mean everyone – children to adults.  In fact, those who are in elementary school are probably more familiar with this language than many of our seniors.  First, a warning: This post is not going to be on a Christian approach to environmentalism.  Instead, I want to reflect on how it happened that “going green” is now a conviction by most.   (more…)

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Pessimism surely has a stronghold in the church today.  Yet, it is this season, the season of Pentecost, that should actually provoke us to boldness is working for the Kingdom – that is transforming culture.  It is clear in the entire Scriptures that wherever God is there is victory or success for the Kingdom.  The words from 2 Kings 18:7 are striking, “And the LORD was with him (Hezekiah); he was successful in whatever he undertook.”   (more…)

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I have borrowed this from the PCUSA’s website:

Mother’s Day Prayer

Eternal God, on this day we lift up mothers to you. You, O Lord, are the one “who, from our mothers’ arms, hath blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.”1 Scripture has prepared us to recognize that by your grace, mothering takes many forms. We pray for mothers around us . . . (more…)

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