Posted by: DanutM | 24 October 2014

Terisa Folaron – Comma Story

t isn’t easy holding complex sentences together (just ask a conjunction or a subordinate), but the clever little comma can help lighten the load. But how to tell when help is really needed? Terisa Folaron offers some tricks of the comma trade.

Lesson by Terisa Folaron, animation by Brett Underhill.

Posted by: DanutM | 24 October 2014

Un imam la… Golgota – relatări de pe “front”

DanutM:

Iata aici o relatere, din memorie, si oarecum ‘in doi peri’ a intilnirii de la Arad cu imamul din Indonezia.

Originally posted on cetatea de piatră:

Sincer să fiu, nici nu ştiu cum să abordez relatarea întâlnirii de astăzi. Aş putea să o fac într-o notă umoristică, fiindcă, dintr-o anumită perspectivă, am avut multe motive să zâmbesc şi uneori chiar să râd.
Prefer însă să o fac într-o notă serioasă, nu de alta, dar am privit de la bun început un demers ca acesta ca pe un lucru cât se poate de serios.

Mai întâi, câteva detalii:

– întâlnirea nu a fost una planificată din timp (chiar dacă, în contextul suspiciunilor care ne caracterizează când este vorba despre lumea islamică, pare greu de crezut!). Ea s-a datorat unei conjuncturi legată de prezenţa în ţară, în vederea participării la o nuntă, a lui Ali, oaspetele nostru. De altfel, întâlnirea în sine s-a dovedit a fi una în care toţi participanţii s-au arătat destul de nepregătiţi pentru a discuţie foarte amplă.

– Deşi am intenţionat, evident, cu acordul…

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Posted by: DanutM | 24 October 2014

Fie că trăim, fie că murim…

DanutM:

Iata cit de usor putem pleca de aici. Si cit de important este sa fim pregatiti pentru asta in price clipa.

Originally posted on Chibzuieli:

Căci dacă trăim, pentru Domnul trăim; și dacă murim, pentru Domnul murim. Deci, fie că trăim, fie că murim, noi suntem ai Domnului. (Rom 14:8 CNS)

Dintr-o anumită perspectivă, faptul că mai postez odată pe blog este o minune. Sau mai corect, un șir de minuni. Minuni de fiecare zi. Nu le identific pe fiecare – o pot face cititorii – dar s-au întâmplat cam așa:

Aprox. 4:40 am. Mă trezesc cu un sentiment ciudat. Ies din scurtul popas din baie și îmi dau seama că nu e de glumă. Durerile din piept nu încetează. Mă dau la laptop să google, să văd ce să iau de dureri de piept. N-apuc să citesc prima pagină care îmi iese la îndemână dar văd o propoziție care zice că dacă ai atac de cord, să nu conduci mașina, să lași pe alții, că s-ar putea să treci pe lumea cealaltă înainte de…

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Posted by: DanutM | 23 October 2014

Kindle vs Book

Kindle vs Book

I plead for reconciliation. There is enough place in the world for both.

Originally posted on The Institute of Middle East Studies:

AKKAR

By Rupen Das

The Syrian conflict has now become a slow meat grinder with hundreds being killed every month, while families and communities across Syria are being systematically destroyed. There are no good guys in this conflict and there are no visible and viable solutions being considered.

In the “fog of war” it is very easy to miss the small signs of hope in the midst of the evil. One of these signs is the role that many local Arab churches have assumed during the Syrian crisis. As the present Syrian crisis developed and spilled into Lebanon over the past three years, the Lebanese Baptist community, officially the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD), [of which IMES as a department of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) is a subsidiary ministry], decided to respond to the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Being a church based agency…

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Posted by: DanutM | 22 October 2014

Richard Rohr – Ambushed by Love

I wonder if the only way that conversion, enlightenment, and transformation ever happen is by a kind of divine ambush. We have to be caught off guard. As long as you are in control, you are going to keep trying to steer the ship by your previous experience of being in charge. The only way you will let yourself be ambushed is by trusting the “Ambusher,” and learning to trust that the darkness of intimacy will lead to depth, safety, freedom, and love.

Any use of fear techniques or trying to shame people into the spiritual journey is inherently counter- productive. It simply makes you more defensive and protective of your boundaries, but now at an unconscious level (I am afraid this is true of a high percentage of Christians, who were largely raised on fear of “hell” and social pressure). We need spiritual teachers like John of the Cross to help us see the patterns of the spiritual journey that actually work, so we can be a bit less defended, a bit less boundaried, with ourselves and with God. Only then can God do the soul forming work of seduction and union. Read More…

Mental Illness

Here they are:

Lie #1: God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.

Lie #2: Daily prayer and bible reading alone cures mental illness.

Lie #3: Depression is a sin, a curse, or demon possession.

Lie #4: If you loved Jesus more you would be happier. 

Lie #5: You can’t be a Christian if you have a mental illness.

You may find out HERE what the author means by these.

Posted by: DanutM | 21 October 2014

Alina Ilioi – Asa vei sti ca l-ai intilnit pe EL

Alina Ilioi - Asa vei sti ca l-ai intilnit pe EL

Alina Ilioi anunta astazi pe Facebook ca luni, 27 octombrie ora 19:00 la SALON GOLESCU  din Bucuresti, Str Nicolae Golescu nr 17, isi va lansa prima ei carte: Asa vei sti ca l-ai intilnit pe EL

Mi-ar placea sa fiu acolo, caci in ultimul an am incurajat-o mereu pe Alina sa citeasca cit mai mult si mai divers, si sa scrie mereu. Ma bucur ca vedem acum un prim rod mai consistent al scrisului ei. Si, cu siguranta, nu este decit un inceput. Felicitari, Alina!

Redau mai jos, in premiera, un text scris pentru aceasta ocazie. Read More…

Papa Francisc la sinod

Discursul Sfântului Părinte Papa Francisc
La încheierea celei de-a III-a
Adunări Generale Extraordinare
a Sinodului Episcopilor
sâmbătă, 18 octombrie 2014

Eminenţe, Preafericiri, Excelenţe, fraţi şi surori,

Cu o inimă plină de recunoştinţă şi de gratitudine aş vrea să mulţumesc, împreună cu voi, Domnului care ne-a însoţit şi ne-a condus în zilele trecute, cu lumina Duhului Sfânt! Mulţumesc din inimă Cardinalului Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretar general al Sinodului, E.S. Mons. Fabio Fabene, subsecretar, şi cu ei le mulţumesc relatorului, Cardinalul Péter Erdö, care a lucrat mult şi în zilele de doliu familial, şi secretarului special, E.S. Mons. Bruno Forte, celor trei preşedinţi delegaţi, scriitorilor, consultanţilor, traducătorilor şi celor anonimi, tuturor celor care au lucrat cu adevărată fidelitate în spatele cortinei şi dăruire totală Bisericii şi fără încetare: multe mulţumiri! Vă mulţumesc la fel vouă tuturor, dragi Părinţi sinodali, delegaţi fraterni, auditori, auditoare şi asesori pentru participarea voastră activă şi rodnică. Vă voi purta în rugăciune, cerând Domnului să vă recompenseze cu belşugul darurilor sale de har!

Aş putea spune cu seninătate că – printr-un spirit de colegialitate şi de sinodalitate – am trăit cu adevărat o experienţă de “Sinod”, un parcurs solidar, un “drum împreună”. Şi pentru că a fost “un drum” – şi ca orice drum au fost şi momente de cursă rapidă, ca şi cum s-ar fi voit să se învingă timpul şi să se ajungă cât mai repede la ţintă; alte momente de oboseală, ca şi cum s-ar fi voit să se spună gata; alte momente de entuziasm şi de ardoare. Au existat momente de profundă consolare ascultând mărturia păstorilor adevăraţi (cf. In 10 şi can. 375, 386, 387) care poartă în inimă cu înţelepciune bucuriile şi lacrimile credincioşilor lor. Momente de consolare şi har şi de întărire ascultând şi mărturii ale familiilor care au participat la Sinod şi au împărtăşit cu noi frumuseţea şi bucuria vieţii lor matrimoniale. Un drum în care cel mai puternic a simţit datoria de a-l ajuta pe cel mai puţin puternic, în care cel mai expert a simţit datoria de a-i sluji pe ceilalţi, chiar şi prin confruntări. Şi pentru că este un drum al oamenilor, cu consolările au existat şi alte momente de dezolare, de tensiune şi de ispite, dintre care s-ar putea menţiona câteva posibilităţi: Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 21 October 2014

Ce caută Victor Ponta la Universitatea Emanuel?

DanutM:

‘Ar fi binevenită o declarație din partea conducerii școlii în care să se delimiteze de campania electorală a domnului prim-ministru și să afirme clar că nu susțin niciun canditat prezidențial. Cel puțin. There is power in vulnerability.
Conducerea școlii va trebui să accepte această înfrângere mediatică și să-și învețe lecțiile ca orice student silitor. Mult mai mult decât intenția contează percepția oamenilor, iar asocierea cu politicul va fi de cele mai multe ori nefavorabilă. Cred însă că în conducerea școlii sunt oameni cu discernământ care au înțeles ce era de înțeles după această vizită nedorită. Sper din toată inima că toți.”
Am vrea noi. Si sa dea Dumnezeu, dar eu nu cunosc inca vreum precent care sa ne de sperante ca asa ceva s-ar putea intimpla. Dar, cine stie, mai sunt si minuni.

Originally posted on La început era Cuvântul.:

Cu toții ne-am pus întrebarea aceasta împreună cu Teofil Stanciu. Răspunsul este evident: Ponta caută votanți, no doubt about it. Gata, am rezolvat-o! Ar fi bine să fie atât de simplu. Vizita domnului prim-ministru la UEO a fost trâmbițată imediat atât de evanghelici cât și de alții.

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Posted by: DanutM | 20 October 2014

Kelly Flanagan – Marriage Is For Liars

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We stand together on the marriage altar, and we begin the most important relationship of our lives with a terrible lie. We say, “For better or worse.” But we don’t really mean it. If we were to be honest with ourselves, if we were to begin the marriage authentically, most of us would say, “I have a bunch of needs which have never been satisfied in my relationships. Today, in front of our friends and family, I’m publicly gambling that you will be the person to finally meet those needs. If you do, I will be happy, and I will try to make you happy. If you don’t, well, God help us…”

Not so long ago, as my wife was ambushing me with her brilliance and her beauty and our kids were still beyond imagining, I was a young, eager, graduate student and researcher at Penn State University. And I was determined to unearth the secrets to marital bliss. More than one hundred couples participated in my dissertation research, and I watched hundreds of hours of videotaped arguments between spouses who had been married for less than a year.

And I was shocked by what I observed. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 20 October 2014

Richard Rohr – Inexplicable Darkness

St. John of the Cross writes, in his prologue to The Ascent of Mount Carmel:

“A deeper enlightenment and wider experience than mine is necessary to explain the dark night through which a soul journeys toward that divine light of perfect union with God that is achieved, insofar as possible in this life, through love. The darknesses and trials, spiritual and temporal, that fortunate souls ordinarily undergo on their way to the high state of perfection are so numerous and profound that human science cannot understand them adequately. Nor does experience of them equip one to explain them. Only those who suffer them will know what this experience is like, but they won’t be able to describe it.”

You can’t go forward by “knowing” in the usual way, but only by experiencing. At some time in your life, I hope you are so ambushed by God, that God catches you by surprise. If you try to go by what you already know—John of the Cross makes it clear—you will pull God back into your pre-existent categories, and you won’t get very far. That is why most people stay with their childish faith. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 20 October 2014

Ecumenical: Some Thoughts

DanutM:

Here is a Baptist pastor discovering the richness of our ecumenical Christian identity. Beautiful.

Originally posted on Talk With the Preacher:

I recall an elderly congregation member telling me the story of moving to the big city from a small town in the Midwest more than 70 years ago. She came to town a young, single woman, choosing career and adventure over a more traditional course.

I knew her to be a longtime and deeply dedicated member of my congregation, and I was curious: “How did you come to be part of this church?”

“Well, I moved to town on a Monday, found an apartment that Wednesday, woke up Sunday morning and went to the closest Baptist church. I’ve been here ever since,” she explained, as if I should have known.

She said, “I knew church was a place where I would find a community. I’d been a Baptist all my life. That’s just what we did back then.”

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Posted by: DanutM | 20 October 2014

Scholarship and “Political/Theological” Labels

DanutM:

Interesting to see how politics influences the world of Biblical studies.

Originally posted on Larry Hurtado's Blog:

Yesterday, I spent a few hours with a French-speaking visitor from Switzerland who had become interested in some questions about earliest Jesus-devotion, in part through reading some of my publications.  He indicated in particular that he’d read with interest my big volume, Lord Jesus Christ:  Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity (Eerdmans, 2003).

Toward the end of a long discussion, he asked if I knew of a bookshop in Edinburgh where he might purchase a copy of the book.  I couldn’t give an answer readily, and showing a copy of the French translation asked why he didn’t purchase a copy of that.  He was startled, indicating that he had no idea that the book had been translated into French.  Nor, apparently, did the university libraries where he had studied have the book in French.  I was surprised too.  And then we wondered if the reason might be this:  The book was…

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In May 2009, Bradley Nassif, Professor of Theology at North Park University in Chicago visited Romania for the launch of the Romanian translation of the book Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism (J. Stamoolis, (gen. ed.), Grand Rapids, Mi.: Zondervan, 2006), which took place at the University of Cluj. During that visit, Dr. Nassif told me about an Orthodox project that might benefit from any potential support I could provide through the budget I was managing as part of my World Vision responsibilities for the Middle East & Eastern Europe Region, as Director for Faith in Development. The project, formally initiated in June 2004 at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (IOCS) in Cambridge, under the leadership of Professor David Frost, later Principal of the college, was called THE WAY (it took its name from the earliest term by which followers of Christ referred to themselves), and aimed ‘to teach basic Orthodox Christianity as a journey of life, centred on Christ, in terms that communicate to a secular and largely pagan world’. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 19 October 2014

Biserica Strajerul la 16 ani de existenta

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Comunitatea Străjerul se naşte prin conştientizarea şi asumarea unei anumite crize la nivelul unei generaţii de tineri aflate în contextul unui proces de schimbări importante în societatea şi comunitatea creştină din România. În esenţă, criza se exprimă în plan identitar şi este marcată de sesizarea unor rupturi sau discontinuităţi, cum ar fi cele între: teorie şi practică; religios şi profan; comunitatea religioasă şi lume; evanghelici şi restul lumii creştine; trecut şi prezent; vechi şi nou; bătrâni şi tineri; bărbaţi şi femei etc.

Ca proiect eclesial, Străjerul are în vedere o asemenea criză şi încearcă un răspuns sub forma unei experienţe creştine care să fie bine fundamentată sub raport identitar. În această comunitate se doreşte să se ofere contextul pentru o viaţă creştină coerentă, care să împlinească omul în calitatea sa de fiinţă personală complexă. Credincioşii sunt motivaţi să trăiască în lume cu un scop clar şi potrivit constituţiei lor de fiinţe create după chipul şi asemănarea lui Dumnezeu.

Procesul pe care îl propune biserica Străjerul este acela de a construi o identitate creştină solidă printr-o triplă orientare:

  • spre trecut, pentru a înţelege şi asuma o istorie a prezenţei lui Dumnezeu în lume: o moştenire a unei experienţe creştine vii, complexe şi extrem de valoroase; o bogăţie de modele autentice care şi-au trăit credinţa consistent în lume; un conţinut care trebuie primit, evaluat şi pus ca temelie pentru identitatea creştină; un mandat şi o responsabilitate de dus mai departe într-o lume mereu în schimbare şi cu noi provocări;
  • spre prezent, pentru a actualiza moştenirea primită şi a face vizibil şi activ conţinutul revelaţiei creştine, adevărul biblic; pentru a participa efectiv la iconomia mântuirii în calitate de parteneri ai lui Dumnezeu în opera sa de a întoarce întreaga lume către sine; pentru a actualiza local Trupul lui Cristos într-o expresie concretă a diversităţii spiritualităţii creştine (inclusiv cea confesională);
  • spre viitor, cu speranţa unei continuităţi şi efortul de a pune la dispoziţia copiilor ceea ce am primit din experienţa Bisericii lui Cristos, la care să putem adăuga efortul şi contribuţia proprie; având grija de a forma generaţia tânără în spiritul Părinţilor Bisericii, cu transparenţa unui model real şi onest în care să se vadă propriile greşeli şi realizări, propriile valori şi aspiraţii, îndoieli şi speranţe; cu necontenita muncă de a-i convinge de realismul şi seriozitatea cu care Dumnezeu se implică în istorie; în speranţa că fiicele şi fiii noştri vor prelua responsabilitatea de a trăi şi duce mai departe viaţa creştină în lume.

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Posted by: DanutM | 19 October 2014

Richard Rohr – Luminous Darkness

There comes to many seekers, at some time or a few times in their lives, a “dark night,” a period of seeming distance from God, from the ways in which we’ve experienced and understood God. The previous comforts have fallen away and we can no longer conceptualize God.

John of the Cross gave a map of sorts through these dark nights. He distinguished between the dark night of sense (in which all perceptions of God vanish) and the dark night of the spirit (in which we no longer grasp ideas about God). The goal of these times is to draw the self beyond ego into full transfiguration and union in God. John went through such a dark period during a time when he was imprisoned, tortured, and starved. He felt as if his Beloved had abandoned him. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 19 October 2014

Jon Huckins – Why You Need More Muslim Friends

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Pope Benedict & Muslims

I can remember when I was scared of Muslims.

I don’t think I would have ever uttered those words, but subconsciously, they were true.

As a good, Bible-Believing-Evangelical-Christian (that’s all one word, right?) who could recite the two greatest commandments to love God and love others before I was out of diapers, how had this fear developed in me?

Well, it’s easy. Stories we are told about Muslims are often related to terror, oppression and violence. And, to be honest, it is far more comfortable to remain in a place of isolation and ignorance than it is to engage in the intentional work of education, experience and relationship.

Further, I used to think the only way to meet Muslims was to fly half way across the world and enter into a reality completely foreign to my own. “They” are somewhere over there and “we” are over here, so let’s just agree to keep our distance and allow our politicians and power brokers to work things out.

That all changed for me when my wife and I joined a faith community committed to Jesus’ invitation to love our neighbors. We quickly realized loving our neighbors required we know our neighbors. And, living in a city that is home to tens of thousands of international refugees, we discovered that “they” don’t only live across the world, “they” are at “our” baseball games, in our neighborhood and our parks. It wasn’t that our Muslim friends had just moved in, it was that we hadn’t had the eyes to see them, let alone enter genuine friendships.

Over the years, I have discovered that the only way to love and be loved by my neighbors (locally and globally) is to be in relationship. The reason I used to be scared of Muslims was simply because I didn’t know any. I had never heard their stories. I had never been to their sacred places. I didn’t understand their traditions. I hadn’t even shared a meal with them.

I have come to realize what an incredible opportunity I had squandered. Interestingly, what I had squandered wasn’t primarily what I had to offer my neighbors, but what they had to offer me.

As ISIS fills the headlines, Islamphobia spreads like the common cold and sound bites trump human interaction, there is no more important time to build friendships with our Muslim neighbors. Here are five reasons why:

1. A Cure for Fear

Fear is one of the most toxic diseases hijacking Christian’s ability to live as salt and light. Not only do we often tell ourselves that everyone is out to get us, we think relationships with those different than us leave us open to falling down the slippery slope of compromise.

I have never met a Muslim who asks me to compromise my commitment to Jesus. If anything, they encourage me to take it more seriously. Being in relationship with people who are different than us doesn’t compromise our faith, it reflects the very best of it. A mentor of mine recently said, “The deeper our roots are in Jesus, the wider our branches can extend into other traditions.”

2. An Expanded Worldview

I recently sat in a West Bank backyard with a collection of 20 Christians and Muslims. Having just spent a few days together, we sang, danced and shared what we had each learned about the other’s religious tradition based on our experience together. It was sacred. The worldview of both the Christians who were with me and the Muslims who lived in this village will forever view the “other” in a more helpful, human way.

In many other parts of the world, Christians and Muslims don’t see themselves as enemies, but as dear friends, partners and fellow humans. When we extend past our inherited worldview, we may see a very different landscape of interfaith collaboration. What media sources, experiences or influencers are we allowing to inform our worldview? How might that become more diverse?

3. An Antidote to Isolationism

We, the Christian community, can fall victim to becoming insulated and isolated, which inherently puts us in a posture of defense rather than invitation. When our relationships remain only among those who think, look and believe like we do, we run the risk of becoming exclusive and tribal. Which, ironically, is so much of the West’s critique of regimes like ISIS.

The antithesis of Christ-like love is to only be in relationship with those who are like “us,” while excluding “them.” As we begin to build relationships with those outside of our tradition, we break out of our little bubbles and are able to truly love like Jesus. Jesus never ran in fear from those who were different than him. No, he ran to people who were different. Our inherited theology may distance us from those of other religions, but Jesus never does.

4. A Solution for Our Need for Mutual Relationship

Our Christian tradition hasn’t historically done well at entering relationships with those outside of our tradition in a posture of mutuality. Our tendency has been to enter relationships as the hero rather than the learner.

As we build friendships with our Muslim neighbors, we must do so seeking to understand rather than be understood. Genuine friendship is not a project. Get curious. Share life and space. Spend long hours around the dinner table. Take each other’s kids to school. Accept their love in the same way you would expect them to receive yours.

5. An Understanding of Misrepresentation

I just got an email from my friend, Jarrod McKenna, who as a Jesus follower, is doing remarkable work reassigning dignity to the Muslim community in Australia. Sadly, his email was to tell me that a Muslim family was violently attacked, not because of their actions, but because of their religion.

In my city, a Muslim mom was recently killed outside of her house for similar reasons. These are just a couple acts of hatred and prejudice of our Muslim neighbors are enduring as a result of our inability to differentiate between Islamic extremists (ISIS, etc.) and the majority of Muslims.

The Christian Community must understand that the vast majority of Muslims are embarrassed and concerned for their own safety as a result of ISIS, and we must advocate for their humanity. If we are in genuine friendship, our advocacy will become a non-negotiable.

(Source, HERE.) Thanks to my friend Ana Calvo for this link.

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Jon Huckins
Jon Huckins is the Co-Founding Director of The Global Immersion Project, which cultivates everyday peacemakers. He is also missional church leadership coach with Thresholds. After extensive international travel and study in the Middle East, Jon focuses much of his writing and speaking on peacemaking, reconciliation and the role of the Church as an instrument of peace in the world. He writes for Red Letter Christians, Sojourners and RELEVANT and has written two books, Teaching Through the Art of Storytelling and Thin Places: Six Postures for Creating and Practicing Missional Community. Jon has a Master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and lives in San Diego with his wife Jan, daughters Ruby and Rosie. Find Jon at jonhuckins.net, Twitter or Facebook.

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Posted by: DanutM | 18 October 2014

58 Reasons Living In Cambridge Ruins You For Life

58 Reasons Living In Cambridge Ruins You For Life.

Cambridge - St. John's College Bridge

Cambridge is my favourite place in England.

You will find in this article a number of stunning pictures from a dream place for academics.

Enjoy!

Posted by: DanutM | 18 October 2014

Vasile Ernu – Program electoral minimal

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Vasile Ernu

Intr-un articol publicat de jurnalul National din Moldova, prietenul meu Vasile Ernu prezinta ceea ce ar trebui sa fie, in opinia lui, un program electoral minimal pentru a instaura justitia sociala in Romania. In acest context, Vasile, care spre deosebire de mine este un om de stinga, isi prezinta programul – NU, el nu candideaza la presedintie; cel putin nu de data asta :-) – in contrast cu acela al candidatei Monica Macovei, program care este extrem de liberal – in sensul european al acestui cuvint, caci la americani, ca de obicei, este exact invers.

Iata ‘programul lui Ernu’, cu care sunt de acord cel putin in proportie de 90%. Adaug, [intercalate] in text si marcate cu DM, comentariile mele, din perspectiva angajarii mele sociale si crestine:

Program minim.

Voi simplifica şi sintetiza pentru a fi mai limpede. Monica Macovei (citeşte: MM & Băsescu & Ponta & Co) şi majoritatea candidaţilor susţin una, iar eu (şi din fericire nu sunt singurul), în cazul dat, alta. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 18 October 2014

Ce caută Ponta la evanghelici?

DanutM:

Raspunsul este unul evident: voturi. Ca nu conteaza de la ce prosti vin.
Dar, mai degraba intrebarea este ‘ce cauta evanghelicii la Ponta/”. Si raspunsul este la fel de simplu ca mai sus: BANI. Care, cum se vede, n-au miros, nici de plagiat, nici de coruptie.
Vorba ceia: ‘Calatoria continua’. Ma refer la celebra sintagma ‘tovarasi de drum’. Cine stie, pricepe.

Originally posted on Cu drezina:

Foto: Andrei Jităreanu (sursa) - folosită cu permisiunea autorului

Foto: Andrei Jităreanu ( sursa ) – folosită cu permisiunea autorului

Recenta vizită a premierului (și candidatului la președinție) Victor Ponta într-o biserică penticostală și în Universitatea Emanuel au stârnit reacții destul de vehemente (unele chiar agresive) în mediul on-line. În cursul unei discuții private, am încercat să sistematizez care cred eu că ar fi motivele ce au generat această reacție inclusiv printre oameni care nu disprețuiesc politica apriori.

Cred că nu greșesc foarte tare dacă afirm că (1) există o categorie – destul de semnificativă numeric – de oameni care s-au scârbit de politicieni în general; (2) evanghelicii cu prezență mai consistentă în spațiul virtual votează, în general, cu dreapta – în ciuda compromisului conjunctural și pasager generat de USL; (3) sunt destui cei care consideră că primirea unui astfel de candidat este un semnal dat celor cu discernământ politic mai redus, care ar înțelege că trebuie să…

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bible-online

A mini-manual of basic hermeneutics (thanks to my friend Carson Clark for this link).

Here are the nine things:

1. Read ‘King’ When You See ‘Christ.’

2. Read ‘You’ Differently.

3. If You See a ‘Therefore,’ Find Out What It’s There For. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 18 October 2014

De ce nu cred în minuni

DanutM:

Eugen ne spune ca nu crede in ‘God of the gaps’. Nici eu.
Aceasta este o afirmatie din sfera apologeticii, respectiv a relatiei intre stiinta si credinta.
Ea nu neaga insa interventia permanenta a lui Dumnezeu in vietile noastre. Dimpotriva. Dar atrage atentia ca aceasta interventie nu este acolo unde izbeste ochii, ci in sfere in care avem nevoie de discernamint – ‘ochi de vazut si urechi de auzit’.

Originally posted on Chibzuieli:

Într-o vreme, am crezut. Dar de când am venit la credință nu mai cred în minuni.

Mai întâi, să clarific răspicat: nu sunt cesaționist. Ideea că Dumnezeu ar fi făcut minuni cumva, cândva, și că apoi la un moment dat ar fi încetat să mai facă, pentru că, să zicem, s-a completat canonul biblic, mi se pare cam trasă pe mânecă (sau de păr, sau de coadă… după preferință). Cam tot atât de trasă precum ideea că Dumnezeu ar face minuni numai în Africa sau America Latină, pentru că europenii și americanii sunt raționaliști și nu au credință.

Pentru unii încetarea minunilor poate fi o constatare empirică, dar nu cred că pot face din ea o doctrină teologică. Cei ce încearcă să o afirme ca o doctrină teologică bazată pe Biblie se chinuie în zadar. Cum adică, Biblia fiind în proces de devenire prin Duhul Sfânt, ne spune că…

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Posted by: DanutM | 17 October 2014

Ioan Alexandru
Ioan Alexandru (1941-2000)

INVITAŢIE

Avem  onoarea ṣi bucuria să vă invităm, în  30 octombrie 2014, ora 17, la Facultatea de Litere a Universității  din Bucureṣti ( Amfiteatrul”N.Bălcescu”, et. I ) la lansarea cărții scriitorului,

AUREL   HANCU,               

„IOAN ALEXANDRU – monografie critică “

(Ed. „Sf. Ier. Nicolae, Brăila”, 2014, 500 pagini)

               Participă:

                                Prof. univ. dr. Eugen Negrici

                                Decan,  Conf. univ. dr. Oana Murăruṣ – moderator

                                Conf. univ. dr. Elena Ionescu

                                Scriitorul, Horea Gârbea – Preṣedintele A.S. Bucureṣti

                                Silviu Despa – de la Grupul Civic „I.Alexandru”

                                Pr. prof. dr. Aurel Hancu – autorul cărții

Vă aṣteptăm cu drag!

                                  Organizatorii

Posted by: DanutM | 17 October 2014

Abbé Road – Le Chemin de pierre

Bravo, Nolwenn Leroy!

Interprété par : Nolwenn Leroy, Zaz, Renan Luce, Rose, Jeanne Cherhal, Thomas Dutronc, Joyce Jonathan, Tété, Mike Ibrahim, Christophe Maé.

60 ans après l’Appel de son fondateur, la Fondation Abbé Pierre choisit le vecteur de la musique pour sensibiliser et mobiliser les jeunes publics, qui figurent parmi les premières victimes du mal-logement en France.
Plus d’infos : http://www.fondation-abbe-pierre.fr/

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Posted by: DanutM | 17 October 2014

The Swedish Law on Prostitution – Targeting Demand

 

Posted by: DanutM | 17 October 2014

Calatorie la Colibita

Colibita - Casa de pe insula1
Vedere dinspre baraj a Lacului Colibita. In fundal se vede casa ridicata pe o insulita .
Mi-ar placea si mie asa ceva, chiar daca as face ceva mult mai modest.

Lacul Colibita este unul artificial. A fost construit in perioada comunista, dar frumusetea lui a devenit cunoscuta abia in ultimii ani, dupa ce un numar de restaurante si pensiuni au fost ridicate imprejur. Lacul este inca dificil de atins, din pricina unei bretele de circa 6km de drum de piatra si praf cit cuprinde. In jurul lacului este insa o sosea relativ decenta. Read More…

Inside China’s Secret Churches: How Christians Practice Their Faith Under An Atheist Government.

You have to read this. It might motivate you to pray more earnestly for the persecuted Christians in China.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Scot McKnight quotes Bonhoeffer on a delicate matter in Protestant/Evangelical contexts. Here it is.

For Protestant congregations there are certain prejudices that make it more difficult for the congregation to have a proper relationship to theology.

The pietistic: Theology is a matter of the head; what matters is the heart.
 Thus theology divides, while the piety of the heart unites.

The orthodox: All preaching is instruction, theology, true theology = true faith, the sum total of true propositions.

The academic: Theology is rigorous scholarship, study, university, not for the laity.

The evangelization [volksmissionarisch] circles: People are not mature enough for theological distinctions—first mission, then theology.

The ecclesiastical political: Theology disrupts the political unity of the church. The sectarian.
 A particular theology is the whole truth of the gospel.

Originally posted on The Institute of Middle East Studies:

By Lexy Airey*

This summer I had the pleasure of serving IMES as part of an intensive internship experience. As a student of political science and a young Christian, it was an incredibly educational experience for me. I had come to Lebanon seeking understanding of the Middle East and was blessed with the best kind of education: personal relationships. It has become abundantly apparent to me that no conflict situation can be properly understood unless you begin to love the people involved. It seems like the most intuitive thing in the world to me now, but it took my experience in the Middle East to fully erode the picture I had of this region and reveal the potential power of loving your neighbor.

Growing up, I lived in a fairly conservative American household. Like most young people from my background I thought little about the Middle East, or foreign policy…

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