Second= Love…When Basics Become Heresies
Third= In The Beginning
The Gospel lesson of Luke 19:1-10 is about a very short man, Zacchaeus, who wanted to see Jesus. In the current lectionary of the Russian Orthodox tradition, this is the last Sunday Gospel lesson before the pre-Lenten Sundays (and the Lenten triodion) begin their cycle of scripture pericopes. (This is one point at which the Russian and Greek Orthodox lectionaries differ resulting in the fact that during the course of the year not all Orthodox read liturgically the same Scriptures every Sunday). In current practice for those who read the Zacchaeus pericope it has become already associated with the beginning of Great Lent. This was made certain due to the popular writings of the liturgical theologian, Fr. Alexander Schmemann.
Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he…
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These are the posts that got the most views in 2015.
Foreign wars and conflicts launched and promoted by the United States and its allies since 2003 have led directly to the widespread persecution of Christians in Africa and the Middle East.
The ongoing slaughter of Christians, followed by the exodus of upwards of 1 million of them from war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq, where Christianity flourished for nearly two millennia, has encouraged many observers to warn of the death rather than decline of Christianity in that part of the world.
The great irony of the plight of Christians is that Western leaders, who profess to be Christian, were the ones who launched the wars that have torn the Middle East apart and created the most toxic sectarian nightmare in which Christians have become victims, often portrayed as supporters of Western interventionist policies. Some of the oldest Christian denominations, with links back to the time of Christ and his disciples…
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Excellent, succinct presentation of three misused NT passages. Fuller discussion of Two Swords here.
Most people who have investigated Jesus even a little bit would agree that Jesus taught peace. His ethic of enemy love, praying for those who persecute you, and blessing those who curse you are not hard to find. But that hasn’t stopped people from debating how far this nonviolent teaching should be pushed, and how widely applied. There are many layers to this, but in this post (and the next) I want to take on a couple of objections to deep and wide applications of Jesus’ nonviolent teaching.
The first objection is a biblical one: “Jesus taught peace, but also acted violently himself at times. There are a number of passages that seem to prove that Jesus, at least sometimes, acted violently. So, we shouldn’t take his ethic of nonviolence to apply to certain situations, just as Jesus didn’t.”
Let’s take a closer look at some of the common passages that…
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from Desiring God. You can listen to the audio for this John Piper sermon here.
Luke describes the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem at the beginning of that last week of his earthly life:
As he was drawing near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! (Luke 19:37, 38)
There is no doubt what was in the disciples’ minds. This was the fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy given centuries earlier:
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king…
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
These are the posts that got the most views in 2014. You can see all of the year’s most-viewed posts in your Site Stats.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.