Ortodoxie si protestantism

Clipul de mai sus cuprinde prima parte a prelegerii mele de joi 27 aprilie, la Universitatea Aurel Vlaicu din Arad, cu ocazia conferintei internationale dedicate Reformei.

Multumesc lui Alin Cristea pentru inregistrare.

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The Record meets with acclaimed academic Mark Noll – The Wheaton Record – The Wheaton Record

Source: The Record meets with acclaimed academic Mark Noll – The Wheaton Record – The Wheaton Record

A very good interview. Here is a small quote on evangelicalism:
‘If when people hear “evangelical” they think of something political first, then the serious meaning of the word is gone. ‘

And another one, on the Reformation:
‘I myself, I don’t think it’s appropriate either to be completely celebratory about the Reformation or completely negative about the breakup of western Christianity. But there were critical issues having to do with religious authority, location of the nature of divine revelation, the means by which God reconciles people to himself, critical issues having to do with the nature of religion in society, the authority of temporal rulers over spiritual rulers. All of those really important matters were adjusted, shaken up, reformed and revised in about a forty year period. So whether people realize it or not, certainly the Christian churches in the West — and to some extent where the churches have spread in the world — were the heirs of what happened then.

Jubilee Centre Cambridge – ’95 Ways to Change the World’ Project

Dear friends,

We are pleased to announce the launch of Jubilee Centre’s campaign to crowdsource a set of new theses marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, called ’95 ways to change the world’.

The initiative at www.Reformation2017.org is aimed especially at Christians aged 33 or under (Martin Luther’s age in 1517), although anyone may suggest a new thesis.  A £500 prize will be awarded for the best new thesis, and training will be offered to those who want to turn their vision for change into an actual project.

While other organisations are publishing their own lists of 95 theses in 2017, this is unique in inviting Christians from around the world to share their vision and ideas for promoting ‘true human flourishing’. Continue reading “Jubilee Centre Cambridge – ’95 Ways to Change the World’ Project”

Levente Horvath – The Promise of Living, not Just of Thinking to Be A Christian

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Celtic birthday cake (via Cami Di)

Note: I have received this birthday meditation from my friend Levente Horvath, addressed, again, to ‘a son of Advent’, and I have decided to share it with you.

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As a Christian I shouldn’t try to think my way into a different way of living, but to live my way into a different way of thinking (paraphrasing Rohr). And of what does this different/new way of thinking consist? It is not just thinking that I am sharing the same confession of faith with the brethren, not that we agree with each other in our brains, but something far more beyond that. It is receiving others as I was received by Christ. As Jean-Louis Chrétien put it, “The first hospitality is nothing other than listening.” By listening, I pave the way toward living a “receiving-others-into-my-life, into-my-own personality”- lifestyle instead of living a life of pure thinking. In the New Testament Greek the word person (PERSONA in Latin) comes from PROSOPON, meaning “face-to-face.” This word in modernism was substituted with the word individual, INDIVIDUUM, the unit which cannot be further divided. But persona means turning to the other person, being open to listen to, receive, and let the person become part of me. This lets me be(come) a GENUINE PERSON. That is the secret of a Christian fellowship, of Christian living in, and as a member of, His Body. Rational abstraction is misleading, an illusion of living. Continue reading “Levente Horvath – The Promise of Living, not Just of Thinking to Be A Christian”

The Gospel Coalition and how (not) to engage culture | Religion News Service

The ministry blocks dissenters and ignores journalists who might ask difficult questions. This is not engaging culture, but evading culture.

Source: The Gospel Coalition and how (not) to engage culture | Religion News Service

Jonathan Merritt on the pathologies of tehe Gosle Coaliton. Here is a good quote:

‘You can’t transform a culture while you’re browbeating, rebuking, name-calling and gagging. That’s not a recipe for cultural engagement, but rather cultural enragement.’

Text of the Columba Declaration

Church of England  Church of Scotland

In the light of our common mission and context (chapter 1), our agreement in faith (chapter 2) and our significant opportunities for growing in partnership in mission (chapter 3), we recommend that our churches make the following Declaration.

We, the Church of Scotland and the Church of England, make the following acknowledgements and commitments, which are interrelated. Continue reading “Text of the Columba Declaration”

Karl Barth for Dummies

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Karl Barth

Here are 10 things you need to know about Karl Barth’s theology:

1. Jesus Christ is the Word of God in the Bible. He is the gospel, God’s good news to us. Therefore, he is the measuring stick that must be used to judge all theological ideas.

2. The life of Jesus Christ reveals who God really is and who we really are.

3. The union between God and humanity in Jesus Christ reveals God’s purpose to live in fellowship with us. Continue reading “Karl Barth for Dummies”