Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, June 24, 2012

What is the Church? Faith

Faith; this is the great issue of our time and in the days ahead.

If you had faith as a grain of mustard you can move a mountain, but there is not enough faith in the world to move a content Christian out of a pew. Proverbs 27:7, "A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, but to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet."

Friday, June 22, 2012

What is the Church? Grace

"During the last year or so I've come to know and understand more and more the profound this-worldliness of Christianity. The Christian is not a homo religiosus, but simply a man, as Jesus was a man...I don't mean the shallow and banal this-worldliness of the enlightened, the busy, the comfortable, or the lascivious, but the profound worldliness, characterized by discipline and the constant knowledge of death and resurrection." Bonhoeffer

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What is the Church? The Will of God

"The movement that began about the thirteenth century (I'm not going to get involved in any argument about the exact date) towards the autonomy of man (in which I should include the discovery of laws by which the world lives and deals with itself in science, social and political matters, art, ethics, and religion) has in our time reached an undoubted completion. Man has learnt to deal with himself in all questions of importance without recourse to the "working hypothesis" called "God." In questions of science, art, and ethics this has become an understood thing at which one now hardly dares to tilt. But for the last hundred years or so it has also become increasingly true of religious questions; it is becoming evident that everything gets along without "God"--and, in fact, just as well as before. As in the scientific field, so in human affairs generally, "God" is being pushed more and more out of life, losing more and more ground." Bonhoeffer

Sunday, June 17, 2012

What is the Church?

This is a question which has been circulating through the Church and un-churched community for some time now.

A few years ago I had the opportunity to speak to the congregation of my church. I was an Elder at the time and our Pastor was encouraging us, as Elders, to take on some speaking tasks. What started as a singular event, morphed into a series of talks, which at this time has not been completed. As with all Churches we were experiencing the usual discontent from certain factions within the congregation. This seemingly is not unusual, but ...