Third Sunday of Advent 2017 – Light the Candle of Joy

Third Advent Candle

Today we relight the first two candles of the Advent wreath. The candle of HOPE and the candle of PEACE.

Now we light the third candle of Advent.

This is the candle of JOY. As the coming of Jesus, our Savior, draws nearer, our joy builds with our anticipation of his birth.

From the Book of Isaiah we read the words of our Lord:

“But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.”
— Isaiah 65:18

From the New Testament, the words of Paul to the people of the church at Galatia:

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.”
— Galatians 5:22-25

Let us pray:
We joyfully praise you, O Lord, for the fulfillment of your promise of a Savior and what that means in our lives. Thank you for the gift of salvation through the birth of your son, Jesus. Create us anew as we wait, and help us to see your glory as you fill our lives with your living Spirit. Amen.

(Source, HERE).


Andrei Vieru – Muzică funebră pentru Regele Mihai

Pentru o zi de doliu national.
Dumnezeu sa-l odihneasca in pace pe regele nostru si sa aiba mila de noi.

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Și anume un preludiu de Chopin și Ravel cu La Vallée des cloches. Iar imaginile de la a doua postare, după cum scrie pianistul. „Locurile copilăriei Regelui Mihai: munții Bucegi (Vârfu’ cu dor și Piatra Arsă) văzuți din fața Castelului Peleș de la Sinaia, al căror contur le e familiar celor care, ca și Regele Mihai, și-au petrecut o parte din copilărie acolo.”. Mulțumesc Andrei pentru aceste daruri…

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O Jerusalem! If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes… آه يا أورشليم! يا قدسُ! لَيتَكِ عرَفْتِ اليومَ طريقَ السَّلام! ولكِنَّه الآنَ مَحجوبٌ عن عَينَيكِ… بقلم مرتان عقّاد

My friend Martin Accad reflects on the latest decision of Trump on moving the American embassy to Jerusalem. Wise words. Thanks, Martin.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Martin Accad

These were Jesus’ words of lament, as he entered the city of Jerusalem, where shortly after he would meet his death on a Roman cross. The apostle Luke tells us in his account that Jesus wept over the city. But why did he weep?

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Triune Agency East and West: Uncreated Energies or Created Effects?

Adonis Vidu, who teaches theology at Gordon-Conwell imagines, very creatively, a dialogue between the Christian West and Christian East on disputed Trinitarian matters.
Well done, Adi. I can hardly wait for the next episode.

Opera Ad Extra: The Inseparable Works of the Triune God

It is not always appreciated that there are important differences between Eastern (Orthodox) and Western theologies (considered as a whole) on the question of how God acts in the world, in addition to their differing perspectives on the Trinity. As I am working on a paper that compares these two approaches, the following imaginary dialogue might be helpful to distill some of the differences.

Western theologian (W): We have learned from Augustine and Aquinas to refer to God’s action in the world as the production of certain ‘created effects.’

Eastern theologian (E): Respectfully, that seems to introduce a buffer between God and the world. If all we have are created effects, then how do we have communion with God himself?

W: Well, we talk of ‘created effects’ to preserve divine transcendence. Surely you would appreciate that.

E: Indeed we do. For us transcendence is also important; so is divine incomprehensibility…

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Andrei Plesu – Traditii anti-europene in Europa

Discurs susținut în cadrul ceremoniei de decernare a titlului de Doctor Honoris Causa al Universității Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iași

Fr John Behr – Reading Scripture


There are indeed many ways in which Scripture is read, and there is also great deal of debate about this, both on a general level and also within scholarly circles. But there is a certain feature of the reading of Scripture which is absolutely fundamental to the Christian tradition, from the initial proclamation of the gospel to the creeds propounded by the Councils. This is so important that Paul repeats it twice within a single sentence: ‘I delivered to you, as of first importance, what I also received, that Christ died in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried and rose on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures’ (1 Cor. 15:3–4). The Scriptures here are what we (somewhat misleadingly) call the ‘Old Testament’; and it is by reference to these same Scriptures that the Creed of Nicaea also states that Christ died and rose ‘in accordance with the Scriptures’. It is these Scriptures that provided the framework, the terms, the imagery, and the language by which the Apostles and Evangelists understood and proclaimed the revelation of God in Christ. They were and still are (even now we have the writings of the New Testament) the primary Scriptures of the Christian tradition (they are, after all, appealed to as the Scripture by the NT texts themselves), the primary texts by which we are led into the revelation of God in Christ.Read More »

Second Sunday of Advent 2017 – Light of the Wold

second Advent candle

Today we relight the candle of HOPE.
Now we light the candle for the second Sunday in Advent. This is the candle of PEACE.

As we prepare for the coming of Jesus, we remember that Jesus is our hope and our peace.

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When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

The Christmas season is full of light – sparkling lights on the Christmas tree; houses in the neighborhood decorated with lights for the coming holiday; candles flickering on the mantle; a fire in the fireplace representing warmth, comfort, and hope. These are the images of light we will hold onto this Advent season.

And we hold these images as hope not only for our own lives; but for the lives of those suffering in Palestine, Israel, the Middle East, and around the world. We remember in our prayers this week:

  • The men, women, and children who are living in Gaza; often with only a few hours of electricity per day.
  • The 60,000 internally displaced persons in Gaza still waiting for a durable housing solution since the destruction of their homes during the 2014 Gaza War.
  • The families affected by the 155 demolitions or confiscations of Palestinian owned structures in East Jerusalem and the West Bank during September and October 2016.
  • Those affected by the terrible fires throughout Israel and the West Bank that destroyed hundreds of homes, displacing tens of thousands.

We close with a prayer from The Reverend Said Ailabouni, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, Illinois:

God of mercy and compassion,
of grace and reconciliation,
pour your power upon all your children in the Middle East:
Jews, Muslims and Christians,
Palestinians and Israelis.
Let hatred be turned into love, fear to trust, despair to hope,
oppression to freedom, occupation to liberation,
that violent encounters may be replaced by loving embraces,
and peace and justice could be experienced by all.

(Source, Churches for Middle East Peace.)





First Sunday of Advent 2017 – Light Shines in Darkness


In him was life,
and that life was the light of the people.
The light shines in darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
(John 1:4-5)

Advent is a season of waiting. The anticipation of things to come. The desperate hope that the darkness of the world is not the end of the story; but one day light will prevail.

For those invested and paying attention to the political realities of the Middle East, often darkness seems to rule the day. There is much darkness to lament.

The darkness of the Syrian conflict that has raged for more than half a decade and has

resulted in the displacement and death of millions… Read More »

An Interview with Caitlin Curtice – A Native American Christian

(RNS) — Kaitlin Curtice grew up Southern Baptist and now attends an Anglican church. She doesn’t necessarily identify herself with either denomination, she said, but she does call herself a Native American Christian.

Then she watches a look of confusion cross people’s faces. “They don’t understand what that means,” Curtice said.

The popular 29-year-old worship leader has been working that meaning out in her writing — including a blog, titled “Stories,” and a well-reviewed book published this month by Paraclete Press, “Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places.”

Kaitlin Curtice, Native American Author, Speaker & Worship Leader

When she isn’t traveling around the country to speaking engagements, Curtice is in Atlanta with her husband, two young sons and two dogs. She home-schools the boys, she said, and with them, she is learning their Potawatomi language and culture.

This first book of Curtice’s is full of stories about everyday moments infused with meaning, the books that “opened something up” in her and reconnecting with her Native American heritage. She talked about all these things earlier with RNS.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Early in the book, you mention your journey to learn more about your Potawatomi heritage. What set you on that path, and what has that journey looked like for you?

We live in Georgia, and there are a lot of Native historic sites here. It’s Muscogee Creek land and Cherokee land — there are areas you can go hiking, and there will be a plaque that tells you who lived there. We went hiking at one of our favorite places, Sweetwater Creek, and my youngest son was 1, and he was hungry, and I had to breastfeed him. I was like, well, I’ll just try and feed him while we walk because there’s no place to sit down.
It was just this moment where God stopped me and time stood still and God was like, “This is what your ancestors did on the Trail of Death. This is what your great-great-great-grandmother did.”
It was that moment where somebody points at you and says, “This is who you are, and this is who your children are, and this is what you’re called to be.” It was just really beautiful, and it just switched on this light for me. From then on, it was just constantly reading and writing and processing and trying to learn as much as I could and having these memories of childhood come back to me that I had forgotten.

Read HERE the entire interview.

David G Benner – Knowing Oneness

David G Benner shares with us today a wonderful reflection of the essential human thirst for oneness in Christ. This will sound quite familiar, even if, possibly, more holistic and challenging, for those acquainted with the Eastern Orthodox concepts of theosis or deification, and with the classic universal Christian concept of mystical union.

I will let you read the entre text on Dr Benner’s blog, but here is, as a teaser, a beautiful prayer rooted in the indigenous Lakota concept of Mitakuye Oyasin – in English, “all my relations.” Enjoy!

To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.

To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.

To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.

To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.

To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.

To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and carries the torch of light through the Ages, I thank you.

To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.

You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One is not more important than the other. Each evolves from the other and yet each is dependent upon the others. All of us are a part of the Great Mystery.

Thank you for this Life.

Read HERE the entire post.




Comentarii pe baza unui text legat de sintagma ‘spatiul intelectual laic’

Domnul Costel Ghioancă a lansat o discuție pe pagina sa de pe platforma legata de implicațiile pe care le are utilizarea sintagmei „spațiul academic laic” în codul etic al Universității București, invitându-mă să comentez cu privire la textul afișat de domnia sa, ceea ce am și făcut (textul său poate fi accesat AICI, dacă aveți un cont pe această platformă).
Dat fiind că, după opinia mea, această discuție este de interes mai larg, am decis să afișez aici comentariile mele. Sper că textul meu este destul de explicit pentru cei care nu au acces la Dacă nu, sunt deschis să ofer explicații.

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Stimate domnule Ghioancă,

Cred ca înțeleg motivația acestui text, și consimt la ea, dar nu împărtășesc, necesarmente, nici unele dintre premise, nici concluziile ei. Iată, deci, câteva observații personale pe marginea articolului dvs.:

  1. Mai întâi, nu doar în acest text, ci în general în limba romana, inclusiv în DEX, avem de-a face cu o confuzie terminologica izvorâta din analfabetismul religios care domină spațiul public după modernitate. Sorgintea ei este una comunista în prima instanța, si aceasta este întărita de uzajul terenului paralel francez, ‘laicité’, în loc de secular/secularitate.

Termenul ‘laic’ este la origine unul eclesial, si este opusul terenului ‘cleric’. Ca atare, el se refera NU la cineva care este anti- sau a-religios, ci la o persoana nu este hirotonită/ordinata, indiferent daca acea persoana este un credincios sau nu.Read More »

Molly Worthen – How to Escape From Roy Moore’s Evangelicalism

Molly Worthen

Molly Worthen (born 1981), is a historian of American religion and a liberal journalist. She is assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of an exceptional book, which every evangelical should absolutely read: Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. In this article, published by The New York Times, she reflects on the profound crisis on American evangelicalism, in the light of the current Roy Moore ethics scandal. Here are just a few excerpts.

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…a new ritual has superseded Sunday worship and weeknight Bible studies: a profane devotional practice, with immense power to shape evangelicals’ beliefs. This “liturgy” is the nightly consumption of conservative cable news.

When I sought out conservative and progressive critics of white evangelical politics and asked them how to best understand it, this was their answer: pay attention to worship, both inside and outside of church, because the church is not doing its job. Humans thrive on ritual and collective acts of devotion. And the way we worship has political consequences. It shapes our response to evil and our reaction to people different from ourselves.

The philosopher James K. A. Smith, who teaches at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., has argued that our lives are shot through with unconscious acts of worship, whether we genuflect at the Apple Store or wake up whispering prayers for our child’s admission to the Ivy League. “We are, ultimately, liturgical animals because we are fundamentally desiring creatures,” he writes in his book “Desiring the Kingdom.” “We are what we love.”

When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observed that 11 o’clock on a Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America, he was acknowledging the special power that ritual and community have to stoke or weaken both love and hatred. There is no substitute for sharing the bread and wine — the climax of the Christian liturgy — with people unlike yourself, Ms. Schiess said. She called for fighting false idols with right worship: “Fox News forms a fear, a caricature of other people; if communion were done in churches with diverse populations, it would counteract that fear.”

f you’re wondering what the future of not-so-organized religion looks like, look to the community that has grown up around “The Liturgists,” a podcast hosted by Michael Gungor, a musician, and Mike McHargue, a science writer (both are former evangelicals).
When they began the podcast in 2014, “we started it out of a sense of existential loneliness,” Mr. Gungor told me. They broadcast liturgical music, meditations and interviews with theologians and activists. The podcast has nurtured a community with a life of its own. Listeners find one another through social media, and the co-hosts travel the country to convene events where fans eat, drink and worship together — groups that often continue meeting after Mr. Gungor and Mr. McHargue leave town.
“As America deinstitutionalizes and moves away from religion, people — especially millennials — have lost something. Their community becomes primarily virtual, they’re seeing people through a screen and not flesh and blood, and there’s great data that this leads them to loneliness and depression,” Mr. McHargue said. “The core of every podcast is, ‘you’re not alone,’ and that draws people in, but we can’t stay there. We have to draw them into some kind of communal practice.”

All these people have one thing in common: the instinct that worship should be an act of humility, not hubris. It should be a discomfiting experience, not a doubling down on what’s easy and familiar. The battle for the soul of evangelicalism, the struggle to disentangle it from white supremacy, from misogyny — and from the instinct to defend politicians like Roy Moore — demands sound arguments grounded in evidence. But the effort must also advance at the precognitive level, in the habits and relationships of worshiping communities. Fellowship has the power to refashion angry gut feelings and instead form meek hearts and bounden duty.

(Read HERE the entire article.)



Kirsteen Kim – Unlocking Theological Resource Sharing Between North and South

Kirsteen Kim is Professor of Theology and World Christianity in the School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA

Kirsteen Kim deals in this Lausanne article with what I consider to be one of the tragedies of present day evangelicalism: the Western financial and institutional domination of evangelicalism, in the context of a growing evangelical and Pentecostal/charismatic dynamic moving rapidly East and South.
The author suggests a number of well meaning possible solutions for ‘unlocking resource sharing’ in this context. However, I am afraid that, like in the Lausanne movement itself, unless something radical and prophetic happens, the ‘golden rule’ (meaning, ‘who has the gold, makes the rules’ ) will continue to dominate the North-South dynamic. And, for the moment, this dynamic seems to be governed more by the capitalist free market mechanism than by the principles of the Kingdom of God).
From this point of view, I am more hopeful in what secular institutions are trying to do (like the current European Union discussion that access should be TOTALLY FREE for ALL scholarly journals), than in the willingness of Christians to think and act outside of the capitalist box.
I am very curious what others think about this.

Here are a few excerpts from the article.

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key dilemma faced by theological educators is that, whereas most students are in the South, many of the resources are in the North.

  • Although, throughout the North, the overwhelming majority of church leaders have theological education, sometimes to doctoral level, overall enrolment in theological education is declining, including in evangelical schools.
  • In the South, many churches are led by people without the benefit of theological education and without access to it. However, although concrete data on theological education in the South is lacking, regional theological associations report rapid growth. Moreover, some faculty at institutions in the South now have higher levels of faculty qualifications to enable them to offer doctoral degrees.

Despite the shifting picture, the absolute majority of teaching staff, scholarship funds, theological libraries and publications are still located in the North. Furthermore, the decline of theological education in the North, together with the ongoing effects of the 2008 financial crisis, has restricted the already-limited funds available from the North for theological education in the South.

Despite the financial constraints, there is much that can be done to address the current imbalance in theological education between North and South. I shall give some practical examples and suggestions of resource sharing below. However, in order for this to happen, we need the kind of theological education that encourages such sharing.

One of the reasons for the inadequate resource sharing is that theological education—both in the North and the South—is dominated by models developed to serve the institutional church of a largely homogenous community in a particular locality.

Along with the development of missional church, we need missional theological education. Becoming missional is not just a matter of adding in optional courses in ‘missiology’ or ‘global Christianity’; it requires a paradigm shift in the way the entire theological curriculum is taught. This change is happening:

  • Biblical studies is recognizing the cultural and regional diversity of the early church.
  • Systematic theology is taking account of the systems of thought in Asia, Africa, and indigenous peoples.
  • Church history is becoming integrated with mission history, and recognizing the polycentric nature of Christian movements.
  • Practical theology is focusing not only on local but also on global questions and on their interconnectedness.

When we learn through our theological education to value the whole church—diverse, multicultural, global, and interdependent—we will realize the importance of resource sharing. The Lausanne Movement can be a catalyst to speed up change, which needs to take place in the accrediting agencies as well as the institutions for theological education.

(Read HERE the entire article, to find the solutions suggested by the author to this serious problem.)




Voicu Bojan – Un corporatist bucurestean printre refugiatii din Lesbos

Gabi Macovei – soț și tată, biciclist solitar,
poet pentru prieteni și specialist în comunicare
din București. Crede în supraviețuirea rasei
umane prin rock’n’roll și mașini electrice.

Dialogul de mai jos a fost publicat de amicul Voicu Bojan pe platforma Este un text care trebuie citit neaparat.

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Gabriel Macovei își pusese de o vreme în cap să petreacă o săptămână ca voluntar într-o tabără de refugiați. Voia să verifice dacă el – familist dedicat, city boy sofisticat și ușor hipsterish – e în continuare viu, capabil să-și ajute semenii, și dacă e sensibil la drama unor necunoscuți aflați între spaima de moarte și limanul speranței.
Așa a ajuns în tabăra Moria din Lesbos, ca voluntar pentru EuroRelief, unul dintre zecile de ONG-uri care activează în această insulă elenă aflată foarte aproape de coastele Turciei.
Experiența l-a schimbat. Cum și de ce? Peste ce poți da într-o tabără de refugiați? Nu cumva, în final, dai chiar de tine însuți, dar altfel decât te știai înainte?
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John Pavlovitz – If You Voted for Donald Trump, You Owe My Children an Apology

John Pavlovitz

Note: This is a vitriolic and well deserved indictment to all those who, in their foolishness have made possible the election o an utter fool as President of  United States,

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If you voted for Donald Trump, you owe my children an apology.

You owe them an apology for making them grow up with a hateful, incompetent, petulant, predatory monster as their President.

For placing their safety in the hands of an impulsive child, who trolls world leaders with nuclear weapons and wields our military like an insecure coward brandishes a gun at a party.

For unleashing the fierce tide of bullying, racism, bigotry, and homophobia they have to see in their classrooms and ball fields and neighborhoods—because the man you chose has repeatedly encouraged and legislated it.

For making them do “shooter drills” at school, because you’ve sanctioned a man who is fully in bed with the NRA, who removes barriers to mentally ill people getting guns, and who does nothing to prevent military weapon proliferation.

For the terrifying images of a crowd of emboldened, violent, torch wielding Nazis terrorizing a town—and of a President who coddled them afterward.

For the inexplicable disconnect they see in a man claiming to be Christian—while being so devoid of anything remotely resembling Jesus.

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Horia-Roman Patapievici – Religie și politică. Rolul și locul creștinului în viața politică

Centrul Areopagus din Timisoara celebreaza zilele acestea 20 de ani de existenta. Cu aceasta ocazie a fost organizat evenimentul special pe care il puteti urmari aici inregistrat.

Eveniment special, sâmbătă, 11 noiembrie 2017, ora 11, la sediul centrului Areopagus din Timișoara. Invitat de onoare: Horia-Roman Patapievici. Am discutat împreună despre religie și politică, cu accent pe rolul și locul creștinului în viața politică.

Otniel Bunaciu, Mișcarea baptistă (Întrebări și răpunsuri)

Aici gasiti si sesiunea de intrebari si raspunsuri care a urmat prezentarii dr. Otniel Bunaciu la sesiunea de comunicari legata de Reforma.

Istorie Evanghelica

Sesiunea de întrebări și răspunsuri legată de prelegerea “Mișcarea baptistă – o identitate în continuă devenire” susținută în cadrul Conferinței științifice Reforma protestantă și limbajele credinței organizată de Facultatea de Teologie Baptistă, Universitatea din București în data de 31 octombrie 2017. Evenimentul a fost organizat în contextul celebrării a 500 de ani de Reformă protestantă.

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Otniel Bunaciu, Mișcarea baptistă – o identitate în continuă devenire

Iata aici si ultima prezentare din cadrul sesiunii de comunicari legata de comemorarea a 500 de ani de la Reforma la ITB Bucuresti

Istorie Evanghelica

Mișcarea baptistă – o identitate în continuă devenire a fost titlul prelegerii susținute în cadrul Conferinței științifice Reforma protestantă și limbajele credinței organizată de Facultatea de Teologie Baptistă, Universitatea din București în data de 31 octombrie 2017. Evenimentul a fost organizat în contextul celebrării a 500 de ani de Reformă protestantă.
Profesorul Otniel Bunaciu vorbește în cadrul prelegerii sale despre aspectele identitare ale mișcării baptiste, unul dintre acestea fiind libertatea.

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Christian Solidarity Worldwide – A Prayer Diary for Cuba


“God gives us strength based on our faith. We are fighting for freedom. Our Lord said the truth will set you free and we are fighting for this ideal.” Berta Soler is a human rights activist and the leader of the Ladies in White group. Berta exemplifies the courage and perseverance of Cuba’s human rights activists, church leaders and hundreds of others who face daily harassment just because of what they believe.


Fếlix Llerena López is a young religious freedom defender who was arrested three months after an advocacy visit to Washington, DC with CSW. He wasn’t permitted to travel and had even been expelled from university. However, the charges against him have now been dropped: praise God for this good news.Read More »

North Korea – A Communist Human Rights Hell


(Source, Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

Map of Western Media

map of western media

Take your pick.

(Source, HERE.)

John Pavlovitz – A Letter to Survivors of Sexual Assault

John Pavlovitz

To every person who has survived harassment, abuse, or violation:

Dear Friend,

I’ve been thinking about you and wanted you to hear a few things today, in case you never hear them for anyone else. I so hope this reaches you.

I imagine these days must be difficult for you.

Not that every day isn’t difficult given what you’ve endured, but I imagine these are especially painful times—
to see the headlines and the hashtags, and to be continually reminded of the personal hell you’ve walked through;
to watch people debate the veracity of accusers,
to see survivors cross-examined by strangers,
to hear supposed adults suggest a child’s consent,
to listen to professed Christians defend predatory politicians using the Bible,
to see lawmakers take the side of the victimizers,
to witness admitted offenders being rewarded.Read More »

George Hankock Ștefan – Reforma, limbaj, naționalism și erezie

Inca una dintre contributiile la recenta sesiune de comunicari dedicata Reformei la ITB Bucuresti.

Istorie Evanghelica

Reforma, limbaj, naționalism și erezie a fost titlul prelegerii susținute în cadrul Conferinței științifice Reforma protestantă și limbajele credinței organizată de Facultatea de Teologie Baptistă, Universitatea din București în data de 31 octombrie 2017. Evenimentul a fost organizat în contextul celebrării a 500 de ani de Reformă protestantă.
În cadrul prelegerii se vorbește despre folosirea limbilor naționale pentru traducerea Bibliei și actele de cult, dar și despre naționalism și erezie

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Nadia Bolz-Weber – Blessed are… Meditation for Holy Ground

Blessed are the agnostics
Blessed are they who doubt. Those who aren’t sure, who can still be surprised.
Blessed are those who think they have nothing to offer.
Blessed are the toddlers who rush past the queue to share in communion.
Blessed are the bored
Blessed are those who stare at the roof of the Church, wishing for something to happen, hoping for God to act… Read More »

Ce sunt baptiștii – protestanți sau neoprotestanți? – Marius Silveșan

In limba engleza exista o sintagma care suna astfel: ‘words create worlds’. Terminologia nu este un soi de joc lingvistic facil si lipsit de miza, ci ea a fost folosita adesea ca instrument politic sau religios.
Aceasta realitate este ilustrata perfect de istoria introducerii si utilizarii ca arma politica si ideologica (de catre regimul comunist) si agresiv apologetica (de catre autoritatile eclesiastice ortodoxe).
Vom reveni mai pe larg la acest subiect in introducerea volumului Omul evanghelic. O explorare a comunitatilor protestante romanesti, care se apropie curind de publicare.
Pina atunci, iata aici citeva consideratii importante publicate de istoricul baptist Marius Silvesan.

Istorie Evanghelica

Astăzi, 31 octombrie 2017, când se celebrează 500 de ani de Reformă protestantă, reiau un material publicat în numărul din septembrie 2015 al Revistei România Evanghelică în care discut despre originea baptiștilor având ca punct de pornire disputa protestant – neoprotestant.

În ce curent religios putem să-i încadrăm pe baptiști și care sunt argumentele pro sau contra unei încadrări a baptiștilor la neoprotestanți sunt întrebările la care ne propunem să răspundem. În ceea ce privește folosirea termenului neoprotestant pentru a-i încadra pe baptiști, Dorin Dobrincu îl consideră ca fiind o etichetă improprie pentru acest grup religios din punct de vedere doctrinar, cu atât mai mult cu cât el nu este unul eterogen.

În lucrarea Bisericile Creștine Baptiste din România între 1944-1990 Ioan Bunaciu folosește termenul mișcări evanghelice pentru a defini ceea ce generic numim biserici neoprotestante. Sintagma de neoprotestantism a fost importată din spațiul german, iar conceptul de neoprotestantism este…

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Daniel Barbu, Reforma, confesionalizare și revoluțiile naționale

Iata aici prezetarea facuta de Profesorul Daniel Barbu in cadrul sesiunii de comunicari legata de Reforma protestanta la ITB Bucuressti.

Istorie Evanghelica

Reforma, confesionalizare și revoluțiile naționale a fost titlul prelegerii susținute în cadrul Conferinței științifice Reforma protestantă și limbajele credinței organizată de Facultatea de Teologie Baptistă, Universitatea din București în data de 31 octombrie 2017. Evenimentul a fost organizat în contextul celebrării a 500 de ani de Reformă protestantă.
Prelegerea este una care aduce mai multe elemente de noutate fiind ancorată atât de contextul discuției despre Reforma protestantă, reforma religioasă, cât și de spațiul european și mai specific de cel românesc. Se regăsesc referiri la uniformizarea actului de cult catolic de rit latin prin acțiunea lui Carol cel Mare, cât și referiri la uniformizarea a actului de cult în ceea ce noi numim astăzi bisericile ortodoxe. De altfel, profesorul Daniel Barbu, un om de o erudiție deosebită, are referi la Sir Walter Scott, la Scoția, dar am putea spune și o legătura între Scoția și Biserica Ortodoxă pe care o veți…

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Sorin Bulboacă, Comunități reformate (calvine) și structuri eclesiastice în Banat în veacul al XVII – lea

Istoricul baptist Sorin Bulboaca vorbeste despre comunitatile reformate romanesti din Banat in secolul al XVII-lea.

Istorie Evanghelica

Comunități reformate (calvine) și structuri eclesiastice în Banat în veacul al XVII – lea a fost titlul prelegerii susținute în cadrul Conferinței științifice Reforma protestantă și limbajele credinței organizată de Facultatea de Teologie Baptistă, Universitatea din București în data de 31 octombrie 2017. Evenimentul a fost organizat în contextul celebrării a 500 de ani de Reformă protestantă.
Sorin Bulboacă își începe prelegerea prin demontarea unor mituri care stăruie în istoriografia românească referitoare la Reforma protestantă și români
1. Românii care s-au convertit la protestantism (calvinism) s-au maghiarizat
2. Românii convertiți la calvinism au fost răsplătiți cu înobilare
3. Românii au fost dintotdeauna ortodocși și au rămas așa. În acest context este prezentată informația conform căreia Reforma apare în Transilvania în anul 1540, la scurt timp după afișarea celor 95 de teze de către Luther în 1517 și au aderat la ea mai mulți români.

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Dănuț Mănăstireanu, Istoria unui pelerinaj spiritual – Sesiune de întrebări și răspiunsuri

Iata aici si inregistrarea sesiunii de intrebari si raspunsuri, dupa lectura textului meu la ssiunea dee comunicari legata de Reforma la ITB Bucuresti.

Istorie Evanghelica

Sesiune de întrebări și răspunsuri cu Dănuț Mănăstireanu

„Cred întru una sfântă, catolică și apostolică Biserică” – istoria unui pelerinaj spiritual în spațiul românesc al Reformei a fost titlul prelegerii susținute în cadrul Conferinței științifice Reforma protestantă și limbajele credinței organizată de Facultatea de Teologie Baptistă, Universitatea din București în data de 31 octombrie 2017. Evenimentul a fost organizat în contextul celebrării a 500 de ani de Reformă protestantă.

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PSD – 50+ magarii in 10 luni


Luati de aici, mafiotism pe pâine.

50 de măgării în 10 luni:

  1. TVA split.
  2. Impozitul “pe gospodărie”.
  3. Blocarea anchetei penale în cazul Rovanei Plumb, acuzată în Afacerea Belina.
  4. Amendarea directoarei NN care a anunțat că Pilonul II de pennsii urmează să fie desființat.
  5. Anunțul de desființare a Pilonului II de pensii, făcut de ministrul Finanțelor.
  6. Retragerea anunțului.
  7. Anunțul de modificare a contribuției la Pilonul II de pensii.
  8. OUG 9, care permite sifonarea cvasi-legală a banului public.
  9. Reintroducerea supraaccizei la carburanți, după ce fusese desființată la inițiativa aceluiași partid.
  10. Iminenta reintroducere a taxei auto, după ce fusese desființată de același partid.
  11. Taxa de solidaritate.
  12. Scăderea pedepselor pușcăriașilor din pix, la grămadă.
  13. Tăierea aproape completă a investițiilor.
  14. Majorarea salariilor în administrația locală fără asigurarea fondurilor pentru aceste majorări.
  15. Încurajarea pensionărilor anticipate din MAI, MApN etc. pentru prinderea unor pensii speciale uriașe.
  16. Creșterea semnificativă a salariului minim fără vreo justificare economică.
  17. Plata contribuțiilor la nivelul salariului minim în cazul contractelor part-time.
  18. Mutarea taxelor salariale la angajat.
  19. OUG 13.
  20. Trântirea prin moțiune de cenzură a propriului guvern, la doar 6 luni de la învestitură.
  21. Modificarea legii Curții de Conturi astfel încât să fie deschis accesul celor fără studii de specialitate.
  22. Numirea unui personaj dubios la conducerea Curții de Conturi.
  23. Scăderea administrativă și arbitrară a prețurilor la unele medicamente, ceea ce a provocat penurie.
  24. Criza nesfârșită a vaccinurilor.
  25. Angajarea unei persoane judecate pentru corupție (Darius Vâlcov) la Guvern, drept consilier, plătit din bani publici.
  26. Pensionarea bizară, aproape inexplicabilă, a unei judecătoare din dosarele Dragnea, Ghiță, Tăriceanu, Oprea etc., ceea ce a determinat reluarea proceselor respective.
  27. Finanțarea exagerată și permanentă din fonduri publice a Catedralei Neamului.
  28. Modificarea legilor pădurilor astfel încât să fie reduse pedepsele pentru mafia lemnului – încurajarea defrișărilor ilegale.
  29. Angajarea la stat a rudelor și amantelor liderilor PSD.
  30. Asaltul permanent asupra Legilor Justiției și încercarea de a pune sub control politic Justiția.
  31. Refuzul de a solicita opinia Comisiei de la Veneția pe principalele modificări din Legile Justiției.
  32. Ignorarea protestului masiv al magistraților față de proiectul Legilor Justiției.
  33. Nerespectarea procedurii parlamentare în promovarea acestor proiecte.
  34. Controalele “cu dedicație” ale ANAF în redacții critice față de actuala putere.
  35. Orice zi a ministrului Liviu Pop în funcția de ministru al Educației.
  36. Intenția de a generaliza impozitul pe cifra de afaceri în loc de impozitul pe profit.
  37. Demiterea abuzivă a inspectorilor școlari.
  38. Anularea legislației care prevedea ocuparea funcțiilor de director de școală prin concurs.
  39. Scandalul auxiliarelor.
  40. Manualul unic.
  41. Compendiul școlar în loc de manuale.
  42. Criza manualelor școlare.
  43. Creșterea masivă a veniturilor parlamentarilor.
  44. Amânarea Legii Pensiilor.
  45. Niciun km de autostradă.
  46. Explozia deficitului bugetar.
  47. Ascunderea la Ministerul Sănătății a raportului privind neregulile din reacța sistemului sanitar la tragedia Colectiv.
  48. Planul de organizare a unui referendum conform cererilor Coaliției pentru Familie.
  49. Campania ridicolă și insistentă de spălare a creierelor cu sperietoarea “Soros”.
  50. Numeroase declarații mincinoase ale miniștrilor și liderilor politici de la guvernare, documentate de diverse redacții.

(Sursa, blogul lui Vlad Petreanu.)


George Demacopoulos – Is it Time to Relinquish Liturgical Greek?

Liturgical Greek

Every religious tradition in the United States is seeing its membership decline.  But according to the most recent Pew Study, few Christian traditions are seeing their members head for the doors as quickly as the Orthodox—only 53% of adults who were raised in the Orthodox Church still identify as Orthodox.

Professional statisticians will note that the sample size of Orthodox in the Pew study is small, but the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s own published statistics on marriages and baptisms over the past forty years suggests that the retention of its younger members is falling dramatically.

Is our parochial use of Liturgical Greek part of the problem?

Read HERE the rest of this courageous article