New Beginnings — He has you

 

The greatest change you can make in this world is allowing Christ to change you.

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The Didache and “Q”

Awhile ago today I heard something about the sayings of Jesus in relation to discovered papyrus. [1] I immediately linked this with the fabled Q source(s), although I have since been reminded about the Gospel of Thomas. Anyway, before this blog gets more muddled than it already is, I just want to share with you an article which I found particularly interesting:

Has the Q Source Been Under Our Noses All Along? Luke, Matthew, and the Didache | Is That in the Bible

Ever since I first encountered the Didache I have developed a deep respect for it. It is, as far as I am aware, the earliest known attempt to formalize Christian worship. Although source criticism is an entirely different reason for using this document, the fact that the Didache was used at all made for a very enjoyable read!

I hope that you find it just as good.

Endnote

[1] Someone was reading Peter Parsons’ City of the Sharp-Nosed Fish: Greek Lives in Roman Egypt (2007).

Is Christ Represented Visually?

My family in Christ,

The Apostle Paul said:

“…if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough” (2 Corinthians 11:4).

When I first started my Christian journey, I was taught that Jesus, having both divine and human natures, travelled about as an itinerent Rabbi. He taught equality, love and compassion; healed the sick; fed the hungry; gave hope to the outcast; raised the dead; suffered torture and death, and was then raised to life Himself. Out of devotion to the Father He even cleansed the Temple of money changers. Thus He did not wholly rely upon verbal teaching but He reinforced this through visual actions, thus showing Himself not to be a hypocrit.

Because of my love for the Eucharist I attend a place of worship which has, in my eyes, some very questionable habits. One of these is clerical vestments. As I understand it, the chuch leader is supposed to represent Christ serving a particular congregation, but I believe that vestments undermine this image in two ways:

  1. I cannot not imagine that Christ, nor any of His followers, travelled around with a sack full of different coloured vestments to be worn on different occasions, and
  2. the modern Church (or maybe it is just the church I attend!) preaches equality but then, through the visual symbol of the vestment, shows that the clergy is separate from both the members of the congregation and (if the above idea about the travelling group is true) Christ Himself!

Please excuse me for not suggesting any way in which to improve the situation. Having just read the passage from Paul’s Second Epistle to the Corinthians I merely felt called to point out what seems to be blind devotion to out-dated human tradition; but nothing more. I would just ask, though, would not the resources which are ploughed into vestments, other clerical accessories, church furniture and decoration etc. be better spent actually trying to emulate the saving life and work of Christ (cf. Gal. 3:26-29)?

God bless you.

What is the purpose of life and what happens when it’s all over? — Aiming for the Kingdom of Heaven

 

No matter how long we may live, in God’s estimation our lives are very short. “Life is a vapour that appears for a little time and then vanishes away”(James 4:14). Some vapours last longer than others, but all are transient and all will pass away. So what’s life all about? What are we here for? […]

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Our God has Lifted Up the Lowly!

May family in Christ,

Our God has truly lifted up the lowly and the rejected…

“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:26-30 NIV)

…and they can truly trust in Him:

God bless you.