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    Mere Anglicanism 2011

    Mere Anglicanism 2011

    The 2011 Mere Anglicanism conference this year is held in thanksgiving for the faithful witness of Bishop C. FitzSimons Allison to the Word of God’s Grace. It will be held at St. Philip’s Church in Charleston S.C. January 20-23. Some of Mockingbird’s favorite theologians will be speaking at the conference.

    Here is the Morning Prayer Homilist for the conferenceDr. Jim Nestingen

    “At the same time , the First Commandment sums up the whole gospel. It is God’s promise, the announcement of the decision that God has made for you and each of us in Christ. This is the promise Paul declares…

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    Mere Anglicanism Conference 2011 Homilist Jim Nestingen

    Mere Anglicanism Conference 2011 Homilist Jim Nestingen

    “That’s how the old sinner in us dies. God kills the old you each day with kindness. The God of grace keeps showering you with promises and gifts until finally the old you just plain dies of it. It happens as the Spirit working through the Word enables you to say, ” I don’t have to impress God anymore or prove that I can take care of myself. I can count on God to keep the word. I repent-you are the Lord. Do what you think is best.” (Free to Be, 170)MERE ANGLICANISM 2011 Conference“Biblical Anglicanism for a Global Future:…

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    The Work of the Gospel


    “The Gospel blocks the way of all self-devised efforts to gain holiness. It deprives man of his self-confidence and of the idea that he has a rightful claim on God. Instead it proclaims through Word and Sacrament a free promise of grace which has been made available by an act of God, and which gives fully and completely (rotunde et universaliter) what could never be attained by self-devised methods.” (page 76)

    Koeberle, The Quest for Holiness

    STOP MAKING SENSE PLAYLIST

     Same as it ever was…

    1. This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)- Speaking in Tongues
    2. Houses in Motion- Remain in Light
    3. (Nothing But) Flowers- Naked
    4. And She Was- Little Creatures
    5. Swamp- Stop Making Sense (Live)
    6. Wild, Wild Life –True Stories
    7. Girlfriend Is Better- Speaking in Tongues
    8. People Like Us- True Stories
    9. Papa Legba- True Stories
    10. Road to Nowhere –Little Creatures

    Rusty Hearts

    Rusty Hearts

    “But sir, if you do not give your heart to Jesus, you cannot be saved.”- The young pastor

    “You are right, my boy. And it is just as true that, if you think you are saved because you give Jesus your heart, you will not be saved. You see, my boy,” he continued reassuringly, as he continued to look at the young pastor’s face, in which uncertainty and resentment were shown in a struggle for the upper hand, “it is one thing to choose Jesus as one’s Lord and Savior, to give him one’s heart and commit oneself to…

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    Barth on God's Promise

    Barth on God’s Promise

    “God says to us: ‘Since I am the living God who is near and who is one, almighty, holy and merciful, I will be your God. I will care for you. I will carry you in my eternal thoughts…For you I will be your God, for you as you are, ridden with anxiety, worries and frustration, for you sins and for your death, but also for your resurrection from the dead, for your life in time and eternity.’ God continues: ‘I will stand by you, I will take sides with you, I will declare my unconditional solidarity…

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    The Conscience, the Law, and Christ

    The Conscience, the Law, and Christ

    “The law of the Ten Commandments has no power to accuse and frighten the conscience in which Jesus Christ reigns by his grace, for he has abolished its power. Not that the conscience does not feel the terrors of the law, but the commandments cannot condemn it or reduce it to despair (Romans 8:28; John 8:36). So then, however much we may be terrified by the law when it shows us our sin, we still do not despair, for we believe in Jesus Christ, and being baptized in him and cleansed by his blood, we have forgiveness of…

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    The Problem of Moralism According to Alister McGrath

    The Problem of Moralism According to Alister McGrath

    “Christ is the supreme human example, who evinces an authentically human lifestyle which we are alleged to be capable of imitating. Such a view is not merely adequate as an exposition of the significance of Jesus Christ, but is unrealistic in its estimation of the capacities and inclinations of human nature. It is an ethic addressed to an idealized humanity, which does not correspond to humanity as we empirically know it, and as we have been taught to view it by the Christian tradition, trapped in its predicament. Perhaps the most characteristic feature of sin is self-deception, a reluctance to…

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    FREEDOM (part 2): Chrysostom

    “God allowed His Son to suffer as if a condemned sinner, so that we might be delivered from the penalty of our sins. This is God’s righteousness, that we are not justified by works (for then they would have to be perfect, which is impossible), but by grace, in which case all our sin is removed.” (John Chrysostom, Homilies on the Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians)

    Steely Dan and the Heart

    Steely Dan and the Heart

    1970’s Steely Dan had very much to say about addiction. In fact, it could be argued that their song “Do it again” gives a clear picture of corrupted human nature. The human heart is always after something, informing the mind to justify the object of its selfish desire. Jesus made a profound statement about the human heart. (see Mark 7:20-23)

    St. Paul writes in Rom. 7:15-19:

    For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do…

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    FREEDOM (Part 1): Luther

    FREEDOM (Part 1): Luther

    For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Gal. 5:1)

    This the freedom with which Christ has set us free, not from some human slavery of tyrannical authority but from the eternal wrath of God. Where? In the conscience. This is where our freedom comes to a halt; it goes no further. For Christ has set us free, not for a political freedom or a freedom of the flesh but for a theological or spiritual freedom, that is to make our conscience free and joyful, unafraid of the wrath…

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    Gustaf Wingren on Vocation, Good Works, And Sanctification


    “In heaven, before God, vocation has as little to contribute as do good works. Good works and vocation (love) exist for the earth and one’s neighbor, not for eternity and God. God does not need our good works, but our neighbor does. It is faith that God wants.”