Monthly Archives: July 2012

From Sermon to Text: Following Jesus in an ADD world-Sermon from July 22, 2012

One thing I have learned is that for me a sermon is never complete in its evolution until the final time I give it. I don’t preach every week, but on the weeks I do I am going to try … Continue reading

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Something Different: Are We Losing Faith in Religion?

On the front page of yesterday’s Omaha World-Herald the central story was “Are We Losing Faith in Religion?” The article highlights Gallup’s 2012 survey on the Confidence of Institutions which has been taken annually since 1973. To me this is not … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority Part 3-1: The Fall of the Western Empire and the Rise of the Bishop of Rome

Meeting Between Leo the Great and Attila the Hun, Raphael (1514), Public Domain Artwork The reason that the western half of the Roman Empire collapsed are legion (pardon the pun). Although the eastern half of the empire and the Eastern … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority 2-6: The Constantinian Revolution Part 2-Councils, Canons and Creeds

Icon of the Council of Nicea I mentioned in an early post (see the Place of Authority 2-3) that Christianity came into contact with the Greek culture and even though Christianity attempted to remain true to its Jewish roots, the … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority 2-5: The Constantinian Revolution Part 1-The Rise of Power and the Crisis of Authenticity

Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority 2-4: The Practices of the Early Church

Baptism Fresco on the Catacombs of St. Marcellinus and Peter, Via Labicana, Rome, Italy There are two ways, one of life and one of death, but a great difference between the two ways. The way of life, then, is this: … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority 2-3:The Early Church’s Identity Problem

Image of Christ Pantocrator (Almighty or Lord of Hosts), Hagia Sopia, Istanbul, Turkey When a movement is centered on one person who is no longer present in a corporeal (bodily) form that the members of that movement can continue to … Continue reading

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