Category: Christianity

Initial thoughts

(This is far from finished and far from ready to be shared.) Thesis: Work toward a more just, inclusive, and harmonious society, for everyone. Outline: What we’ve learned and are learning. Tenets of faith in God and Christ that come to bare here. Challenges of reducing racism and for the underprivileged.  What we need to …

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N.T. Wright’s Trinitarian Prayer

Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth: Set up your kingdom in our midst. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God: Have mercy on us sinners. Holy Spirit, Breath of the Living God: Renew us and all the world. – N.T. Wright Closely related to my 5 breath prayer and the Trinity +1 (Lord). …

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Greek root word for church and for ‘church’

There are two (different) Greek root words here. The one in the Bible (at least 115 times) is (so, this is the meaning of church in the Bible) Ecclesia – The Greek word “ecclesia” is correctly defined as: “The called-out (ones)” [ECC = out; KALEO = call]. Thus, you can see how this word was …

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Make Room in Your Heart

Casting Crowns – Make Room (Official Music Video) ft. Matt Maher https://t.co/q03tfqcpeR via @YouTube Lyrics: https://t.co/On39xJUYRQ — Jim Olsen (@DrOlsen314) December 16, 2019 Casting Crowns – Make Room (Official Music Video) ft. Matt Maher

Grace will accomplish

But what nature does not love and cannot perform, grace will accomplish, and make to thee a life of joy and glory. near The end of chapter 16 in Andrew Murray’s abide in Christ 16th day for staking all for him

A Christmas Mystery: The Story of Three Wise Men

I just learned of, and very much enjoyed, *A Christmas Mystery: The Story of Three Wise Men* by William J. Locke. Librivox (wonderful audio reading) and Gutenberg (text).

Comments on Religion – briefly

(my views) Faith first, religion follows.  Faith (belief in God) is more important than religion.  Faith should be the predecessor in pre-requisite for religion. Religion follows to fit one’s needs. There is a full array of available religions with many levels of orthodoxy and a wide variety of styles.  Religion should facilitate one’s faith. Also, …

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Walking

I’m intrigued by walking.  Especially our Christian walk. Lots of good verses: https://www.openbible.info/topics/walk (Especially, Eph 2:10!) This could be a sermon. The term elemental is a good term. Here’s an article that could be shifted a bit to make it relate to our Christian walk. http://footnotesonwalking.blogspot.com/2016/07/elemental-walking-earth-air-fire-and.html  

Why Americans Go to Church – still good reasons

Ok, this is quite encouraging. I’d say paeople are going to church for the right reasons. (See the top 4 in the graphic.) These reasons are biblical (what God would want), enduring (abiding), genuine (true, sincere), helpful (promoting the greater good and self). #Christian   As churches (communities of faith) our challenge is to make …

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God permits what he hates to accomplish what he loves.

God permits what he hates to accomplish what he loves. And ‘the accomplishing’ might be through his followers.