A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Story of Joseph Revisited

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What Do You Do When You Get a Derek Jeter Foul Ball?...

...obviously, you throw it back onto the field.

The Video is here.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Caption Contest... And the Winner Is...



Nancy: "Being a starship captain has its trials and tribble-lations."

A New Look at Four Parables of Jesus

Jewish New Testament scholar, Amy-Jill Levine offers a different take on four familiar parables of Jesus-- the prodigal son, the good Samaritan, the laborers in the vineyard, and the pearl of great price.

She writes,
These teachings can be read as being about divine love and salvation, sure. But, their first listeners-- first century Jews in Galilee and Judea-- heard much more challenging messages.
Only when we hear the parables as Jesus’ own audience did can we fully experience their power and find ourselves surprised and challenged today.
The only thing I would say is that it is not the case, as Levine suggests, that almost everybody gets it wrong, but there is a multivalence of meaning in these parables. So, it's not the case that almost everybody gets it wrong, but that there are additional gems of wisdom we can glean from these parables. Levine gives to us some additional gems.

Her post can be read here.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Scriptures and Prayer for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Old Testament: Exodus 16:2-15

Epistle: Philippians 1:21-30

Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
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God of miracles and of mercy, all creation sings your praise. Like the vineyard owner, your grace is extravagant and unexpected. Lead us to repentance and the acceptance of your grace, that we may witness to your love, which embraces both those we call friend and those we call stranger. Amen.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Beheading of Christians: An Orthodox Response


from Father John Parker in Soundings:
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I am an unworthy man, unworthy to be called an Orthodox Christian, not to speak of the priesthood, and I write, admittedly, from the comfort of my Mount Pleasant, SC, home.  There is no Mount nearby, but it is, indeed, a pleasant seaside community on the East Coast of the United States.

As such, I ask myself: how to deal with ruthless, pitiless, pitiful souls who are so darkened that their life is spent taking the life of others-- and worse, thinking that they are doing this at the direction of and with the blessing of God himself, with eternal reward?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Character of God and the Nature of Scripture: Reading the Bible Incarnationally #3-- Inerrancy or Errancy-- Are Those the Only Options?

In the last post, I suggested that the doctrine of inerrancy imposes an unwarranted grid upon the biblical text that too often leads to a kind of hermeneutical gymnastics which distorts at worst, or at best misses the point of difficult biblical texts.

So, if inerrancy is not a good option in reading the Bible, do we then simply decide that the Bible is errant and therefore we can decide which texts are authoritative and which are to be discarded (to be decided by the intellectually enlightened, of course) as something bound to a previous time and place, and therefore not binding upon us in some way? I think Scot McKnight is correct when he writes,