Comments for ...dispatches from the post-evangelical wilderness Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:34:24 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Church: Not Where We “Find God” by CalvinCuban Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:34:24 +0000 But… As you well know we Calvinists have a ready-made answer for every argument against Calvinism! But you have to be a Calvinist to download the app. :-)

BTW & FWIW… The Parable of the Sower is the perfect anti-antinomianism parable and a compliment to Hebrews 6.4-8 and 10.26-31. These passages also help explain why “rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith” in 1 Timothy 1.19 is not an indictment against the “P” in “TULIP.” And in this regard I find myself–in my own church and association, even–in between two opposing views in this respect, Arminians who teach that these passages “prove” that one can lose his/her salvation, and run-of-the-mill “Cafeteria Christians” who insist that “once-saved-always-saved” (a poor synonym/substitute for “perseverance of the saints”) means that once you have “prayed the prayer” (sincerely, of course) you have in effect purchased (free, of course) eternal fire insurance. My response is that “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7.21) and that “the tree is known by its fruit.” (Matthew 12.33)

So, Miguel, I am curious as to what Lutherans believe in this respect. I would assume they have a different perspective altogether but probably closer to the Reformed perspective than the Arminian perspective.

Comment on Holy Thursday at the Tea Party by StuartB Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:19:23 +0000 Off topic – another submission for consideration to the Bulletin Board or Saturday series.

Comment on Holy Thursday at the Tea Party by Jon Stallings Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:13:19 +0000 Perhaps there is much that we are not supposed to know. – Thus the reason we must live by faith. I also believe much of what we suspect we know will turn out to be wrong. Our human minds just don’t get it.

Comment on Church: Not Where We “Find God” by David Cornwell Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:43:19 +0000 Barth’s favorite artist was Mozart, and his writing style bears marked similarities. This has been noticed by more than one writer, in that Barth used complex recapitulation, modification, and allusion,

And he refuses to settle in to a stale apologetic that starts with our reasoning.

Comment on Holy Thursday at the Tea Party by Charlie Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:41:44 +0000 Thanks, Steve Martin, I didn’t know. Also, today at The Lent Project ( the Stations of the Cross poem is a fabulous read.

Comment on Holy Thursday at the Tea Party by Steve Martin Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:23:41 +0000 There certainly is a lot going on.

This is one of the best sermons I have ever heard on the events going on that day:

I think Pastor Mark does a very fine job sorting out so much of it.

A very blessed Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday – Maundy from Maundatum [sp?] which means commandment….”A new commandment I give you…” ——- for those that didn’t know)

Comment on Church: Not Where We “Find God” by Mule Chewing Briars Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:06:37 +0000 This

Emm-anu-El “God with us”, not Emm-ani-El “God with me.”

Comment on Holy Thursday at the Tea Party by Ted Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:57:29 +0000 —or was that irony in Mike’s muddle? Sorry. I get it now.

Comment on Holy Thursday at the Tea Party by Ted Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:51:22 +0000 “Maybe tomorrow, on Friday, things will be clearer.”

Better wait ’til Sunday…

Comment on Church: Not Where We “Find God” by Tom (aka Volkmar) Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:32:29 +0000 Romans 10:9-10 strikes me as something of a summation statement by Paul near the end of a long and somewhat convoluted argument.

In my Pelagian CofC years I couldn’t make heads nor tails of it.

In my TULIP years I understood it as an affirmation of my Election.

Now, in these years–I don’t know how to label them yet–Paul’s statement awakens me to the reality of Christ’ immanence. Whether we realize it or not, ALL OF CREATION IS IN CHRIST. ALL things are alive and sustained within him/her–always has been and always will be. Basic Colossians 101.

When I acknowledge/confess (“agree with God”) that reality–when I can heartily say that Christ is risen and is Lord–I have not “earned” anything or changed anything–except my own thinking and attitude and opened myself to see the world in the way that God sees it.

‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts:
the whole earth is full of his glory.’

In some places or circumstances I see that better.