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Transients In The Empire

In our series on the patristic writings, we return to 2 Clement. Our series uses for its text Michael Holmes, The Apostolic Fathers. What’s 2 Clement about? It’s an exhortation to faithfulness to the way of Christ in the face of threats like gnosticism, false teachers and rebellion against leaders. I reads like a sermon. He […]



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Daily Prayer for October 2

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In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Psalm 31:1–2, NIV

Lord our God, give us your Spirit, we beseech you, that we may find your paths on earth and live in the hope and certainty that everything is in your hands, even when we see much that is unjust and evil. May we remain under your protection, living by your commandments and in your Spirit. For your Spirit witnesses to the truth and longs to change and lift up our lives. Your Spirit longs to reach all people who have felt your touch, longs that they may come to you and have life. Amen.


What happens when we live out the gospel?

Learn something about disipleship every day.


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Author: Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

Miracles, Experience, And Mythic Narratives

In Luke Timothy Johnson’s new book on miracles, Miracles: God’s Presence and Power in Creation, is a long chapter on how to reframe miracles in the Bible and Christian tradition in order to reclaim miracles for the Christian church today. Last week we looked at two elements of this reclamation — imagination and God as […]



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It Takes A Church To Baptize

In a recent article on Get Religion, we encounter a new approach to adult baptism and thus a new argument against infant baptism: THE QUESTION: Why do most Christian churches baptize babies? THE RELIGION GUY’S ANSWER: This classic issue unexpectedly popped up as news on June 23 due to an Irish Times interview with Mary McAleese, an attorney and […]



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Oral Origins of the New Testament (RJS)

In the next chapter of The Lost World of Scripture John Walton and D. Brent Sandy emphasize the oral origins of the New Testament. The written text preserved for us is essential for the church today. Neither John Walton nor Brent Sandy deny this. The recorded witness of the early church and the eyewitnesses to […]



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Daily Prayer for July 3

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In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy – being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:4-6

Dear Father in heaven, we thank you for the work you are doing. We thank you for working through people of all kinds and of all vocations and through the many hearts that know your goodness. We thank you for the great work led by the Lord Jesus, who will overcome the world with patience and with gentleness. He will overcome the world, opening the door wide for all, including the poorest of the poor, to come to you, their Father in heaven. Grant that with the light we have been given we may remain firm and true. Do not let us come into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours forever. Amen.


Summer is here!

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Author: Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

Daily Prayer for June 16

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In my Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:2–3, NIV

Lord God, we thank you that you have upheld us and brought us to the Savior. Help us to remember this truth through your Holy Spirit, and constantly remind us while still on earth to live in heaven with all your angels. We are helpless without you. Your Spirit alone can overcome our sinful nature so that we never forget to be in heaven with the Savior now and in eternity. Amen.


Are the fathers you know role models?

Encourage them with this biblical guidance.


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Author: Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

Daily Prayer for June 14

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In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:3–5, NIV

Lord our God, in the grace of Jesus Christ we pray to you that your will may be done for us and for all the world. Through Jesus Christ grant us faith that you love us, faith that we may live in your love, that we may hope in your love every day and have peace on earth, where there is so much unrest and trouble. Keep us firm and constant, remaining in your peace and in the inner quiet you give us because Jesus Christ has overcome the world. He has truly overcome, and this fills us with joy. We praise you, Almighty God, that you have sent Jesus Christ and that he has overcome the world. We praise you that he has overcome all evil, sin, and death, and that we may rejoice at all times in your presence. Amen.


Are the fathers you know role models?

Encourage them with this biblical guidance.


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Author: Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

Justification By Faith In The Age of Authenticity

In Andrew Root’s  Faith Formation in a Secular Age, he sketches three kinds of Secular: Secular 1: Sacred versus Secular Planes Secular 2: Religious versus A-religious Spaces Secular 3: The Negating of Transcendence What happens to justification by faith in Secular 3? If Secular 2 is more negotiated space, what about Secular 3? Bigger one: if […]



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Faith Formation As Ministry

In Andrew Root’s  Faith Formation in a Secular Age, Root sketches three kinds of Secular: Secular 1: Sacred versus Secular Planes Secular 2: Religious versus A-religious Spaces Secular 3: The Negating of Transcendence What happens to faith in Secular 2 and 3? Faith in Secular 2 is joining and participating in an organization, an institution, a […]



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Faith Formation As Ministry