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9 signs your theology is driven more by politics than historic Christianity

This post offers something to offend almost every American Christian. Do you know why? Contemporary American Christianity–both on the right and the left–is powerfully influenced by politics. The stereotype, of course, is that Republicans are in bed with conservative Evangelicals; however, it would be extremely misleading to suggest that . . .

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November 23, 2015

refugees: when theology and patriotism conflict

Since the horrendous terrorist attacks in Paris last weekend, calls for stopping the proposed admission of Syrian refugees to the United States have reached a deafening roar. Over half of all state governors have released statements defending their right to refuse entry to any refugees the United States admits into its borders. Numerous . . .

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November 18, 2015

pastor, France is not Serbia

thoughts on violence and terrorism

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In the wake of the horrific terror attacks in Paris on Friday, Christian pastors had a difficult situation to face last Sunday.

  • All rightly called out these evil deeds for what they were
  • Most rightly pointed out that Christianity also has its share of sinful atrocities in its past
  • Some wrongly placed Christian . . .

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November 16, 2015

charade: war on Christmas

yep, it's the most wonderful time of the year

In the beginning was a Starbucks coffee cup with snowflakes on it. Then the snowflakes went away, and all hell broke loose.

And so it began...the annual charade of the 'war' on Christmas, where every year Christians who otherwise spend the rest of their year not terribly concerned about hard calling of the Christian life find . . .

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Posted in: culturetheology

November 09, 2015

despise the sins...not the brother who commits them

The Devil cunningly induces us – instead of irritating us against himself – to notice our neighbors’ sins, to make us spiteful and angry with others, and to awaken our contempt towards them, thus keeping us in enmity with our neighbors, and with the Lord God Himself. Therefore, we must despise the sins, the faults themselves, and not our . . .

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Posted in: quotestheology

November 08, 2015

responding to persecution

St. Ignatius and ISIS

Pray continually for the rest of humankind as well, that they may find God, for there is in them hope for repentance. Therefore allow them to be instructed by you, at least by your deeds. In response to their anger, be gentle; in response to their boasts, be humble; in response to their slander, offer prayers; in response to their . . .

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Posted in: theologywar

November 06, 2015

"your sins are forgiven"

on the blessing of absolution

The most comforting words of the entire Gospel come on the lips of Jesus to the paralytic man in the beginning of Matthew 9:

Have courage, son, your sins are forgiven.

When we hear these words, we must hear them as though Christ himself has spoken them individually to us. As Bishop Laache reminds us, it is because . . .

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Posted in: theology

October 11, 2015