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To Overcome False Conceptions of God, Feminine Images of God Must Be Recognized As Valid. Upon reading Holy Scripture, many, seeing that God is often referenced with masculine pronouns as well as described with masculine images (Father, Son), end up thinking masculinity somehow better represents the divine nature than femininity. This makes them decry any and all use of feminine representations for God: if God intended us to be able to use feminine pronouns and terms like Mother, Daughter, or Sister for God, Scripture would have already done so.[1] Needless to say, ignoring the way language has historically employed masculine pronouns for unknown subjects who could be feminine, indicating that it does not actually entail gender itself, this argument reads Scripture too literally, ignoring that God uses metaphoric language to represent the divine nature.

For God being a spirit without a body, God does not have a gender. We must not confuse gender-related speech in Scripture as indicating God is of a particular gender. In no way is God in man’s image. St. . [5] St. . [6] St. The Death of Jesus as Sacrifice: An Orthodox reading of Isaiah 53 and Romans 3:25 – Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy. The propitiatory or expiatory* nature of Christ’s death on the Cross is perhaps poorly understood in much of contemporary Orthodox theological discussion, and as a result, the notion of the sacrificial atonement of Christ is often minimized or excluded altogether.

As an almost knee-jerk reaction to Anselmian notions of penal substitution that have taken hold in the Catholic and Protestant West, Eastern Orthodox discussions of the Cross tend to focus upon the destruction of sin and death in classic Christus Victor terminology to the virtual exclusion of the sacrificial terminology of the Bible. A fresh example of this has recently been published in a post by David O’Neal entitled “Orthodox-Buddhist Engagement in America (or anywhere else)” on the blog Red River Orthodox: Eastern Christianities Engaging “the West.”

In the post, the author, a self-proclaimed practitioner of both Orthodox Christianity and Zen Buddhism, describes the Orthodox notion of salvation thusly: Isaiah 53:3-6, 10a. Saint Athanasius and the ‘Penal Substitutionary’ Atonement Doctrine | Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese. I am reminded of C.S. Lewis’ admonition that if we must “read only the new or the old, I would advise…to read the old.” His reasoning is that “A new book is still on trial and the amateur is not in a position to judge it. This is true, I believe, of Christian doctrines and ideas too: they must be consonant with and tested against ‘the great body of Christian thought down the ages.’ I believe the cardinal Evangelical doctrine of penal substitution of the atonement (Christ’s vicarious punishment for humanity’s sins as the central work or accomplishment of the cross) is one of these. “a distinguishing mark of the word-wide evangelical fraternity: namely, the belief that the cross had the character of penal substitution, and that it was in virtue of this fact that it brought salvation to mankind.”[1] However, as theologian J.I.

The problem with this doctrine is not in the idea of “substitution”. What is the problem with the theory of penal substitution? Saint Athanasius writes, [2] Ibid. Orthodox Problems with Penal Substitution | Preachers Institute. By Alexander Renault from his book “Reconsidering Tulip” The penal substitution view was completely absent from the church for over 1,000 years. It was only in the 11th century that Anselm of Canterbury began to introduce the groundwork for this kind of theology to the West. Nor was it fully developed into the doctrine we now know as penal substitution until the 16th-century Reformers came along.

To this day it has never been accepted in the east (nor has it ever been fully accepted by the Roman Catholics). 1. If Christ died for, and is our solution to, our sins against god the Father, then what about our sins against Christ? 2. If god’s justice demands that He punish sin, then there is a higher force than God—necessity—which determines what God can and cannot do. “No, justice is an aspect of God’s nature. The problem, though, is that if I do “A” then God must do “B.” 3. The Old Testament sacrificial system was not a picture of penal substitution. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. God said, Jewish-Christian Intersections | An Interfaith Perspective on Christianity’s Emergence and Parting From Judaism. Knit Your Way to a More Prayerful Life. Praise the Lord. I have been giving a LOT of thought to this verse: Ps 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.

Praise ye the LORD. Our life should be a song of praise to the glory of God. (1Co 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.). So let's today take a look at the meaning of Praise shall we? 1. The problem most of us have is that we can not let go of everything and just open handily praise the Lord. Who should praise the Lord? Angels. The saints. The Nations. , Ps 117:1 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. The Children. High and Low. Young and Old. ALL CREATION. Those are what i found, can anyone find more? How will the children learn and obey if we the parents don't? We looked at what praise is, and who should praise the Lord, today I wanted to show some verses from the Word of God that tells us WHY we should praise the Lord. The Reasons Why We Praise the Lord How To Praise the LORD Back to Mom of 9's Place.

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Creeds | spindrift. It’s been a while, but I guess the best way to get back into blogging, as with most things, is to just do it and not worry too much about how often. We had a discussion at one of our church gatherings on Sunday about which beliefs are required to be a member of particular churches, and whether you can still be a member if you don’t share certain beliefs. Many of us are worshipping week by week together with one heart, perhaps, but very different thoughts.

I think that’s the same in most congregations but perhaps it’s more extreme in a place like Tiree where a wide range of Christian traditions are represented in each worshipping community. I’ve been thinking about this, trying to catch hold of the essentials that make up my faith. It seems to me that faith doesn’t have much to do with the kind of beliefs that we were talking about on Sunday – all the doctrines that the various churches hold dear, the credal statements.

So here’s my mini statement of faith. Like this: Like Loading... Contemplative Prayer. Daily Prayer Basics - How To Pray. Daily prayer is essential to a healthy Orthodox Christian life. It is not an option. Why do we pray, How do we pray, When do we pray and Where do we pray are questions we address below. Why Do We Pray? Christ asks us to pray. We can also pray to seek help for others as well as ourselves. Make Your Life a Continuous Prayer We are asked to pray without ceasing. Pray without ceasing (1Thess 5:17) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit (Eph 6:158) He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart. God intends our life to become one of a constant prayer where we are continually in a relationship with Him. When Do We Pray? Where Do We Pray? Next, you need to find a quiet private place where you will not be disturbed for your daily prayer. How Do We Pray? St Isaac the Syrian says we should: Preparing to Pray With a regular time and a special place, you are ready to begin.

Reflect on who it is that you will be addressing. The Magazine: Learning to Pray with the Church | Episcopal Cafe. By Sam Ochstein Here’s a confession: I’ve always struggled with prayer. Big deal, you say. Lots of people struggle with prayer. Prayer is hard work. We’re easily distracted and lose focus. We sometimes flounder for the right words. Yeah, but I’m a pastor. But it’s always been tough, especially before I discovered the riches of liturgical prayer and the discipline of praying the daily office. Here’s another confession: I’m not Episcopalian. Spontaneous and extemporaneous prayers were clearly seen as more spiritual and more honoring to God in the tradition I was raised in. So growing up I was never exposed to written prayers or corporate liturgical prayer.

Two things bothered me when I reflected upon my experiences with both personal and corporate extemporaneous prayer as I grew in my faith, furthered my theological education, and expanded my horizons a bit to include liturgical prayer as part of my personal prayer repertoire. Not that I think God is impressed by big words. Succinct. Rev.

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Mindfulness. Daily offices. Franciscans. The refuge home. House for All Sinners and Saints. New Direction Ministries - Nurturing Generous Spaciousness in the Church. Church Leader's Guidebook. Christian prayers | Bible Study | Worship Resources | Liturgy. Re:Worship. 3 Female Ghosts that Haunt the Church | TGC | The Gospel Coalition. I will never forget the first time I met my pastor. Our family had been at the church for two years before a meeting with another staff member threw me into his path. The first words out of his mouth were, “Jen Wilkin.

You’ve been hiding from me!” A giant grin on his face, he draped me in a friendly hug, and then proceeded to ask me about the people and things I cared about. He kept eye contact. He was right—I had been hiding. If you’re a male staff member at a church, I ask you to consider a ghost story of sorts. These three ghosts glide into staff meetings where key decisions are made.

Though you may not always be aware these ghosts are hovering, the women you interact with in ministry frequently are. The three female ghosts that haunt us are the Usurper, the Temptress, and the Child. 1. This ghost gains permission to haunt when women are seen as authority thieves. 2. 3. This ghost gains permission to haunt when women are seen as emotionally or intellectually weaker than men. The Privilege of Being Small and Beloved - SheLoves Magazine. I spent my childhood hoping to make it big. I did pretty well. At age 12, I starred in a professional production of Annie in Phoenix, moving an hour away from my home in Tucson for the run of the show, and belting out Tomorrow in front of thousands of people. A year later, I came across the play’s program in a stack of papers. I flipped through to find my bio, full of accomplishments: commercials for McDonalds and FedEx, an appearance on a TV show, and my plan to travel to the USSR for a month with my ballet company.

I felt a strange twist in my stomach. All of these accomplishments—these feathers in my cap–were supposed to be stair-steps towards Great Things. Except I was tired. Success had taken its toll, even at 12. Looking at that bio made me want to hide. Except I wanted to be important. And what other way was there to accomplish that than by, well, accomplishments? I looked at that program, and at the age of 13, I realized that I might be all washed up. Mostly I felt ashamed. Girl on Fire: Pain & the Brain: The Not-Magical-Thinking Approach. In case you are wondering and because I use the phrase a lot, "magical thinking" is the whole "if I think something, it will come true/I will get it. " Like you are some little mini God who controls your world with your whims and desires. Or like God is a vending machine. It is superstitious thinking taken to a whole new level.

(See my rant on the secret.) When we talk about the brain, it is easy to oversimplify and fall into this whole area. It's super slippery in the land of mind/thoughts/physical reality. All of this also easily falls into "blaming the person with the problem/illness," and nothing makes me madder. With all of that in mind, we will attempt to move into this shadowy, see-it-out-of-the-corner-of-your-eye territory, but I will be letting the brilliant man in the video below do most of the talking today. If you are in chronic pain or help people in pain, ALL the minutes of this talk are worth your time. The biggest takeaway for me, though? Cool. Here.

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Understanding The Scriptures Through The Church Fathers - Search the Scriptures - Ancient Faith Radio. Why Sola Scriptura Doesnt Work - Ancient Faith Commentaries - Ancient Faith Radio. Orthodox Christians do not hold to the Reformation principle of sola scriptura. Instead, we view the scriptures as the pinnacle or summit of Holy Tradition, neither separating the two as wholly distinct nor eliminating one or the other. The reason for this is simple. The scriptures are witness to Divine Revelation given from God to mankind, and specially to God’s holy people, first Israel and now the Catholic Church. Holy Tradition refers to the totality of this Divine Revelation, and includes our liturgical hymns and prayers and services, the lives of the saints, the writings of our Fathers, the decrees and canons of the ecumenical councils and so on. Atop this foundation rests Holy Scripture, so to divorce scripture from tradition, or visa-versa, is to both needlessly and dangerously tear apart the whole of Divine Revelation.

Fr. Taken from it’s context within Holy Tradition the solid rock of scripture becomes a mere ball of clay to be molded into whatever shape its handlers wish. Akathist of Thanksgiving. A moving hymn thanking God for the created cosmos - often taken as an akathistos of the cosmos and created environment. By Metropolitan Tryphon (secularly Boris Petrovich Turkestanov, d. 1934). Kontakion 1 O Immortal King of the ages, Who, by the power of Thy saving providence, dost uphold in Thy right hand all the ways of man’s life; we thank Thee for all Thy good things both manifest and hid; for this earthly life, and for the heavenly joys of Thy Kingdom which is to come.

Extend Thy mercies henceforth upon us who sing unto Thee: Glory to Thee, O God, unto the ages! Ikos 1 I was born into the world a weak and helpless child; but Thine angel extended his resplendent wings over my cradle to defend it. Kontakion 2 O Lord, how good it is to be Thy guest! Ikos 2 Thou didst lead me into this life as into an enchanting paradise.

Kontakion 3 By the power of Thy Holy Spirit, every flower giveth forth scent, calm wind-borne fragrance, delicate hue, the beauty of the great with the small. Ikos 3 Ikos 4. A hopefully friendly Christian response to the atheist ten non-commandments. Christian Spirituality. Christian Theology of Place. Episcopal Cafe. Gay Orthodox Christians | Orthodox Church and Homosexuality. Ask a Gay Christian...(Response) In Leviticus 18-20, the death penalty is prescribed for a man who "lies with a man as with a woman. " This is part of a set of rules given by God to Moses to keep the Israelites set apart. Some of the rules we Christians still follow today; others we don't. In Romans 1, Paul is making an argument that all of us are sinners in need of grace. As an example of the folly of turning from God, Paul references a group of people who turned from God to worship idols and engage in "shameful" and "unnatural" behavior including gay sex.

Some scholars view this as an indictment on cultures that fail to condemn homosexuality in any form; others argue that Paul is making an obvious allusion to the orgy-like rites practiced by the fertility cults of his day. Finally, in 1 Cor. 6:9 and 1 Tim. 1:10, Paul offhandedly uses an obscure Greek term when listing groups of sinners. All of these passages address sexual behavior, so when I first realized I was gay, none of them seemed relevant to me. Absolutely! Discipleship: christian yogis, asana disciples | Marginalia. Dallas Willard notes that the church no longer makes disciples, but settles for making converts. The cost of nondiscipleship for the individual is, in short, “that abundance of life Jesus said he came to bring.”

For the church as a whole, the cost of nondiscipleship is just as high. Church leaders discuss the problem of people leaving the church, yet I wonder if perhaps it’s more accurate to say that, by no longer offering programs of costly discipleship, the church is leaving people. The asanas, or postures, practiced in yoga could contribute to a discipline that, as Martin Copenhaver notes, helps practitioners to “experience the unity of body and spirit more fully than our [the church’s] current modes of worship do” and thus support a Christian’s discipleship.

Postural yoga offers a worthwhile practice for the spiritual formation of Christian disciples. Prayer sometimes looks like this. Some Christians fear that yoga is inseparable from Hinduism and thus is idolatry. Like this: Forgiveness and Reconciliation | Revolutionary Faith. All I Want for Christmas Is Uncertainty - Cindy Brandt | God's Politics Blog | Sojourners. Which narrow gate is the narrow gate Jesus wants us to walk through? What If You Could Value Something without Agreeing? - Jayson D. Bradley. Catherine Booth, A Woman's Right to Preach. Guest post: A biblical theology of clothing | Confessing Evangelical. Atonement as liturgy, not theory | Confessing Evangelical.