Lord, have Mercy! Christ have Mercy! Lord have Mercy! Bo Giertz must be climbing out of his grave. How can a church call itself CHRISTian and not believe in Christ???!!!
And yet it’s imperative that women be allowed to serve…whatever it is they are serving.
(Responding to the entire article, and not just the quote)
Stanley Hauerwas, Working With Words: On Learning to Speak Christian
“To all who received [Jesus], who believed in his name,” John’s gospel tells us, “he gave power to become children of God” (Jn 1:12). In Christ we have been given a new identity: We are sons and daughters of the Most High God, children deeply cherished and unconditionally loved by our heavenly Father. Our status and significance in life derives not from our performance, but from our position in Christ. Who we are and what we are, is grounded in the truth that we now belong to God. We are God’s children by adoption and heirs of God’s promises. This new identity offers us a sense of value that does not come from anything that we have done for God, but rather from what God has done for us. No longer are we preoccupied with the way others see us. Our worth comes from how God sees us. No longer are we seeking the approval of others. We are seeking only to comprehend and embrace the wonder of being children of God!
When the Enemy depreciates us, recalling to us the failures and deficiencies of the old self, we have only to assert the truth about our new self:
I have been given power to become a child of God! (Jn 1:12)
I am no longer a slave, but a friend of Christ! (Jn 15:15)
I have bought with a price. I belong to God! (I Cor 6:20)
I am a child of God by adoption! (Rom 8:15)
I am no longer under condemnation! (Rom 8:1)
I have been redeemed and forgiven! (Col 1:14)
I know that nothing can separate me from the love of God! (Rom 8:28)
I am a brand new person in Christ Jesus! (II Cor 5:17)
I am a citizen of heaven! (Phil 3:20)
This is the first gift of the Spirit that is given to us: a new identity that is undeniable and that can never be taken away from us. We are God’s children by adoption, joint heirs with Christ! This is who and what we are now, and will be forevermore. “See what love the Father has given us,” the author of I John exclaims, “that we should be called children of God, and that is what we are!” (I Jn 3:1)
|—||Br. David Vryhof, SSJE, “Empowered”|
Why are Episcopalians obsessed with labyrinth workshops… >:P
I always wonder this too!!
Anglican In Training, My Adventures In Oddity, do you have any insight into this?
I actually don’t know. My parish never did the labyrinths…
Maybe it can be traced to celtic spirituality or something? I don’t know…that’s my best guess.
They’re associated with cathedrals; they have no real distinctively Christian content; “contemplative spirituality” is sort of a trend… These are just guesses. My parish has a labyrinth in the nave no one ever uses.
Father Jolly would often dream about Anglo-Catholic heaven….
A place where the ice in your drink never melts, where the thurible is always charged, and no one knows the words to “Shine, Jesus Shine”
|—||From one of the ‘Father Jolly’ cards (via anglo-catholic)|
Knowing is believing—and sometimes not knowing is believing, too by Scott Alessi
A very strange, interesting and surprising results came after a study about what Catholics know and believe about the Eucharist.
|—||Rowan Williams, inChrist on Trial(pg. 85-6)|
|—||Mark Galli, pg 31, Beyond Smells and Bells (via myadventuresinoddity)|