Love worshipping & celebrating the good news of the kingdom with this community!
heyoimsteph asked: Have you studied Christianity scholastically?
I did a 2-year Bible Institute program at my old church (that was somehow affiliated with Southeastern Theological Seminary) but it was nothing major. A lot of basic, foundational, stuff. Church history, an intro to hermeneutics, OT & NT overviews, church hierarchy, etc.
However, I do want to finish my bachelors and get into an actual seminary in the near future!
There was a young sheep who loved her herd. She was born and grew up in this small, tight-knit community.
One day, she was out for a walk by herself when she found an injured wolf, alone and crying. She stayed and watched over the wolf and gave him some food. However, a few of the sheep came by and reprimanded her:
“Wolves are ravenous beasts!”
She refused to give up on the wolf, and decided to take care of him and find his family. Her family of sheep abandoned her.
A wandering shepherd found her and the wolf a few days after the incident. The shepherd quickly attended to the wolf. He then told the sheep, “Thank you for taking care of this wolf. He’s an old friend.”
He picked up the wolf, put him across his shoulders and said,
“Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.”
This is beautiful.
it kinda sucks when people choose to “listen along” on spotify because then i feel like im forced to cue this extraordinarily eclectic playlist when sometimes i just feel like listening to chris tomlin ya feel me.
Damnit, I didn’t want to love this. Beautiful.
I just sobbed my whole way through this. Zach passed away yesterday. I’m such a wreck and I didn’t even know this kid. Dang.
Don’t wait till you’re dying, to start living.
It is as though
the difference has disappeared
“We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.”
Episcopalians. Yes good.
Calvinism vs Arminianism, an unnecessary theological bifurcation based on an Augustinian interpretation of the Scriptural tradition, an interpretation which is itself at odds with the Patristic tradition which predates it; Augustine’s first principles and categories are entirely anachronistic and peculiar to him, and as the Arminian-Calvinist debate is based firmly upon these presuppositions, I consider the discussion entirely futile. These questions are a waste of time.
I trust the unchanged ancient Church to be the Pillar and Ground of the Truth. If we really expect to find a way out of this controversy, I posit we’ll have a lot more success in reading the early Fathers of the Church and adopting their hermeneutic methods, first principles, and categories, instead of embroiling ourselves in a 16th century Scholastic controversy with all of the baggage that it entails.
This was definitely the start of my Orthodox journey. The realization that there was more than just “Calvinist v Arminianism” was shattering tbh.
So cool to hear the story from a man who has had a profound influence on my journey.
I loved his response to doctrine in the 1:10:00 - 1:13:00
Doctrine is good in and of itself. But, doctrine does not give you life, it’s just a belief, whereas the Kingdom is reality. Doctrines are good insofar as they’re signposts for reality. Never mistake the signpost for reality. Sometimes people think that believing is an end in of itself. That the Church is the club of the people who believe all the right things. And you’re saved if you pass the Theology test. So God turns out to be the ‘Supreme Theologian’ who grades with vengeance because if you get it wrong you go to hell. Therefore being right is all important. I tend to think that people who believe this can get caught in a form of idolatry where instead of getting life from their relationship with Christ they get life from being right. You can tell when you meet a person like that because if you disagree with them, it’s not a calm rational discussion. When someone pokes at your idol you get angry.
What I always teach people is that our source of life should come from Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone. What makes you feel good about life, what gives you worth, what gives you sense of fullness should be what God thinks of you as revealed on Calvary. My identity should be totally anchored in that so I don’t need to be trying to suck life out of what you think about me, or who likes me, or how much applause I get, or whatever. And then that frees me up! If my sense of life is settled, then I’m free from idolatry and that frees me up to live a kingdom of life. I don’t think you can live a kingdom life to the extent that you’re still involved in idolatry.