Friday, February 22, 2013

I'm Not On A Journey

"I am not on a journey. Christ's body and blood are present with the bread and wine. He is at the right hand of the Father, and the Father's right hand is everywhere. Where I am, Jesus is with me. Jesus brought me to my destination when He baptized me, He keeps me in my destination through his Word and Supper, and I have been home ever since. So don't invite me to a so-called journey of synthetic, self-chosen works, laws, satisfactions, disciplines, or whatever the vogue term for such vainglory is now. Word, Sacrament, and Cross are my origin, life, and destiny."

-- T.R. Halvorson

Monday, February 4, 2013

Sometimes being "loving" is not loving

"...but doing things for the sake of "love" is not always a loving thing. Churches and denominations are guilty of this when pastors and laypeople are silenced for preaching and teaching key doctrines that are a part of what makes that denomination the denomination that it is, proclaiming truth, because it "rocks the boat", is uncomfortable, might offend. So for the sake of being "loving" it is required of them to just ease up, to not press theology, to not confront sin, even to the point of shunning them for teaching the very key doctrines that the denomination states they hold to. This is not love. This is the type of cowardess that inhibits the proclamation of the Gospel and the assurance of what Christ has done for them..."
-- Ben Stibbs