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"Great holiness..."

Josemaria Escriva on little things

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Great holiness consists in carrying out the little duties of each moment.

--St. Josemaria Escriva (h/t Hallow)

Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

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August 14, 2019

creeds, heresy, bowling, and you

an illustration of the rightful place of creeds and confessions in the Church

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Yesterday at church a friend showed me the illustration below which highlights the rightful place of our Christian creeds and confessions, not as writings to supplant or supersede Scripture but as faithful witnesses to what the Church has believed, taught, and confessed in all places throughout the ages. One of the misunderstandings . . .

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Posted in: theology

July 29, 2019

the best Greek New Testament

and a survey of Reader's Greek New Testaments

Searching online for the "best Greek New Testament" is kind of a silly exercise. There are essentially four editions of the Greek NT readily available for students and pastors--the Nestle Aland/United Bible Societies ("NA/UBS") edition (two editions with the same text but different apparatuses), the Byzantine/Majority Text . . .

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July 03, 2019

in praise of Reader's Greek New Testaments

or why getting a Reader's Greek New Testament is a MUST

People are vain, and pastors are no exception.

I still remember in seminary the large group of guys who insisted upon only carrying blue Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament, even though they were way more expensive at the time than the identical red UBS version, simply because Nestle-Aland with its extensive textual notes was (and . . .

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Posted in: greektheology

July 02, 2019

Trinity Sunday

a long creed confessing the once-delivered faith

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This Sunday marks Trinity Sunday, the day in the church year specifically set aside to focus on the incomprehensible reality that marks the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--one God in three persons. Traditionally, as part of corporate worship on this Sunday, congregations recite the Athanasian Creed, a 6th or 7th century creed that . . .

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Posted in: theologyworship

June 16, 2019

review: Less of More by Chris Nye

"We can stand anything God and nature can throw at us save only plenty. If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much, and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy, sick." -- John Steinbeck
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Chris Nye opens his new book Less of More with this prophetic quote from John Steinbeck...and I was immediately . . .

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June 14, 2019

"God has not called me to be successful..."

Mother Teresa on success and fidelity

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God has not called me to be successful. He has called me to be faithful.

--Mother Teresa

Photo by Elijah Beaton on Unsplash

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Posted in: quotestheology

June 14, 2019