Serve the congregation as the body of Christ ... In mass, sometimes the minister (the "presbyter") is the focal point of communion. He - or in some denominations or regions, she - "presides", and serves communion for the congregation. And sometimes, "high churches" elevate the minister as the focal point; through such as architecture, silver and … Continue reading Do this in remembrance of me. The practice of communion.
I've been doing a lot of walking since arriving in New York on Friday. It's a long walk from East Williamsburg to Manhattan. At least an hour and a half each way. Plenty of time to observe, and wander in provoked thoughts. I have made it out to Macy's (I almost bought a new jacket), the … Continue reading New York and rest
God. Church. Tutoring, work, drums. ... These are my priorities at the moment. To work out priorities, is important when you are not doing what you want. To set priorities, is setting a direction. And then the challenge is to stick to them. (You do not need to be doing the priorities, for them to … Continue reading Speaking it out
... while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. John 1 parallels the creation narrative. In which the Word, through whom all things came into being, shines in the darkness. With winds sweeping; and then all this time later: Word, and things into being, and light. A dynamic God, at work, … Continue reading The time to honor
"The church" has many millions of members in: The European Union, The United States, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Philippines, Nigeria, The Democratic Republic of Congo, China, and Ethiopia. And, there are many thousands of members in: Bermuda, Cambodia, Dominica, The Faroe Islands, Greenland, The Federated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, San Marino, Seychelles, Tonga, and Turkey. ... * … Continue reading The church has members in many nations.
An excerpt from N.T. Wright’s tome, Jesus and the Victory of God, page 268: “Centuries of Christian usage have accustomed readers of the New Testament to think of “forgiveness” as primarily a gift to the individual person, which can be made at any time. It is, in that sense, abstract and ahistorical, however much it … Continue reading The church is no longer in a state of sin.