The movie begins with an ancient quotation (700 BC) from Isaiah 53:5,
"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our
iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his
stripes we are healed." This is the theme of the movie and runs through
it from beginning to end.
The recent actions of the Dioceses of New Westminster, of ECUSAs
General Convention, and the subsequent ordination of Gene Robinson to be
the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire have indeed caused
the earth to move; and those who deny that they are feeling shock waves
live in a world whose physics I fail to understand. The foundations have
indeed been shaken; and consequently, despite the difficulty of the
The early Christian church, by the end of the first century A.D., was
called catholic simply because the word means universal. It comes from
the Greek, katas holos, which literally means according to the whole.
The second bishop of Antioch, St. Ignatius, said at the end of the first
century: wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the catholic church.
Before the end of the fourth century, the church administration became
But I wonder if we have given adequate consideration to the critical importance of the audience of our lives. Before whom are we really living our lives? Who is the true audience before whom our time on the stage of life is performed? In our gospel text for today Jesus suggests there are but two options, and only one is acceptable to those who would be his disciples.Read more
Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the Cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.Read more
What compounds the problem, of course, is that Jesus was no ordinary criminal; in fact, no ordinary man, and no criminal at all. At least, that is what we Christians believe. What's more, we believe it passionately, because the message of salvation through Christ goes deeper in us than any passion we have. "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free," Jesus said (John 8:32).Read more
When the Apostle says, "Give yourself wholly to these things," he seems to look at the "things" of which he had been speaking in the preceding verses, beginning with the words "Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity."Read more
But there are occasions when true humility is to be seen, not so much in loud professions of our weakness, as in forgetting ourselves altogether. I desire to forget self at this time, in turning my attention to this portion of Scripture. If I say little about my own sense of insufficiency, do me the justice to believe, that it is not because I am not well aware of it.Read more
It is necessary to pose the issue this way, because the ECUSA is a 2 million person denomination within a complex welter of denominated Christian groupings, vastly overshadowed by Roman Catholic, Baptist, and Evangelical churches, which might themselves be said to correspond in some rough ways to groupings internal to the comprehensiveness which is British Anglicanism.Read more
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