Appropriate Ecclesiastical Distancing

I am currently reading quite a lot about ecumenism. It is a strange contrast to everyday life full of social distancing and cancelling any events involving groups of more than a dozen. Back at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries, Sergii Bulgakov, Orthodox Presbyter in Russia, argued strenuously for inter-communion between Orthodox and Anglican young …

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Knowledge, Glory, and Easter Eggs

My sermons in Bible College were often rooted in complex etymological studies (a symptom of the Greek and Hebrew classes I was required to take nearly every semester). I would trace the meanings of words back through the years, consider other words from which my word evolved, and based on this etymological web, build beautiful …

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Torrance on Self-Will

T.F. Torrance (Reformed) and Tuomo Mannermaa (Lutheran) argued convincingly that Calvin and Luther are fundamentally misunderstood by their respective traditions. Both reformers so completely re-framed the Medieval theology they inherited that their followers were unable to make the same leap and thus fell back into Aristotelian categories. Thus both Lutheran and Reformed theology are reflections …

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