“Ecclesia reformata semper reformanda est secundum Verbum Dei”
(The church Reformed and always reforming according to the Word of God)
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Miracles for Sale – Darren Brown (Subtitle Indonesia)
Written by: Ryan M. Reeves
Augustine is almost universally loved by Christians. Indeed, those who find cause to reject Augustine often do so based on a particular issue they find problematic in his teachings. Rarely is someone a full-blown anti-Augustinian. Certainly for all Western Christians Augustine is an unrivaled figure in the history of Christian reflection. Indeed, there is hardly a subject that is not shaped by his writings and ministry. Continue reading
Written by: Gearoid Marley
(Gearoid Marley is the PTS Wickliffe Preacher for the East of England.)
Not many people get the opportunity to attend seminary. In an amazing way I have attended two. The first was training for the Roman Catholic priesthood in Ireland and the second at a conservative Evangelical seminary in England.
Raised a Catholic . . . but not knowing God
Like most boys in the Republic of Ireland in the 1980s, I was brought up a Roman Catholic. My parents taught me to live a good life, say my prayers, and attend mass every Sunday. I believed there was a God, but I didn’t know him personally. I prayed as my mother taught me, but I never knew whether or not God was really listening. I attended confession monthly and did many penances. Conscious of my sinfulness, I hoped that God would accept me into heaven if I did enough good works. I tried to live the best life I could. It was like balancing the accounts, hoping that my credits (good works) would cancel my debits (sins). Zealous to please God, I was just eleven years old when I decided to become a Roman Catholic priest. I told the local priest, but he said I would have to wait until I was eighteen before I could enter the seminary.
As Christians, we use a lot of cliches to make certain points or purvey certain messages. However, these cliches can often times be poorly worded, if not blatantly unbiblical. Here are just a few examples of cliches that can be both harmful and erroneous.
by Jeremiah Johnson
Christians sometimes find their theology in the strangest places.
That’s not meant as an indictment—most of us are not searching for truth outside the confines of Scripture. But the church seems to have a nasty habit of allowing the world’s influence and wisdom to encroach upon territory that rightfully belongs to God alone.
That’s why we’re occasionally dumbfounded by other believers who boil down Christ’s work of salvation and regeneration to little more than His taking up residence in your heart. It’s why we have to patiently correct and disciple others who are sincerely confused when they can’t locate the Bible verse that says we need to first love ourselves before we can love others. Frankly, it’s why we’ve undertaken this blog series on debunking popular Christian clichés—there aren’t enough biblically minded gate keepers in the church.
What makes the cliché before us today all the more embarrassing is its bizarre origin. Given its pervasive use in the church, you’d think it came from some pseudo-theological work or apocryphal book—something close to the truth, in relative terms.
But no. Instead, it comes from The Sound of Music.
Written by: Stacy Reaoch
As a new Christian in college, I was an impressionable young woman. Studying the Bible was novel to me and I depended on the guidance and mentorship of some “older” women to help me figure out how I was to live the Christian life. I was eager to understand God’s word, and was full of questions for Christian friends and leaders in my campus ministry.
Not long after coming to faith in Christ I realized there were two distinct groups in the ministry I was a part of: those who believed in predestination and those who didn’t. Later I realized a more formal name for those camps were the Calvinists and the Arminians.