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This is a list of recent blog posts which I found interesting. That I found them interesting doesn't mean I necessarily agree with or endorse all of the ideas presented in the posts, but that I found them to be intriguing and thought-provoking. They may benefit you as you prayerfully consider your area of shepherding and stewardship, which has been given to you in trust by the Lord. (They are listed in no particular order of interest.) Please post your comments to discuss any article that strikes your interest. If you have recent blog posts to nominate, please send the link and your reasons for nominating that post to
"Welcome to our church, through these hallowed doorways. We can tell of our devotion to Jesus, how we owe our very lives to Him, how this is the day we especially look at His resurrection. But what about next Sunday?"
I am posting this article because I agree with it, and share the values which it expresses. Essentially, David Murray is telling church members who are not faithful to attend church every Sunday, who are not committed to gathering themselves together for worship on a weekly basis, that they could learn from Yahoo. I would love to say that his article is persuasive, but it's more of a bullet-point list than a seriously persuasive post. I, however, need no persuasion since Murray is simply putting into words on the digital screen what personal experience has been teaching me through the school of hard knocks for the past couple of years. Beloved friends, go to church. Go every week, not just at Easter. You're better for it. I'm better for it. We need each other.
"One man’s noise is another man’s symphony. Indeed, the sirens of Balthasar Hubmaier (1480?-1528) and the Anabaptists clamored in complete cacophony to Huldrich Zwingli and the Swiss Reformer’s idea of a Magisterial Reformation. What is more, most of the historical tradition that followed until the twentieth century agreed with Zwingli that the Anabaptists were disorderly radicals of extreme dissonance. Yet, as William Estep argued, “Anabaptism might well be, outside the Reformation itself, the most influential movement the sixteenth century spawned” for “concepts such as religious liberty and its concomitant, the separation of church and state, may be directly traced to sixteenth century Anabaptism.”
"When we talk about the vicarious aspect of the atonement, two rather technical words come up again and again: expiation and propitiation. These words spark all kinds of arguments about which one should be used to translate a particular Greek word, and some versions of the Bible will use one of these words and some will use the other one."
"Jesus’ Last Supper provides the basis for one of the most important observances of the Christian church: the Lord’s Supper, also known as Eucharist or Communion in different traditions. From the earliest days of the church, Christians have re-enacted the Lord’s Supper in accordance with Jesus’ instruction that his followers “do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19)."
Revelation - If you ever read the Revelation graphic novel by Chris Koelle, you may be interested in buying some prints or other related art work. Chris has opened a store that sells all kinds of good things.