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Identity, Division, and Luther's "Evil Name"

Identity, Division, and Luther’s “Evil Name”

Another quick one from new Mockingbirder Win Jordan.

Muzafer Sherif’s famous “Robbers’ Cave Experiment” says that we embrace division—not just that we are happy with divisions, but that we actively seek them out. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that we develop our identities and our community by way of our divisions. (If you want proof of this, just introduce yourself as “Democrat” or “Republican” at your next mixer and see how you’re received.)

It certainly has not and is not different for the Christian. We look to theologians, churches, or denominations to define the “Faith” marker of identity….

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We Are Bold to Say... The Lord's Prayer, Pt 5: Forgive Us Our Trespasses

We Are Bold to Say… The Lord’s Prayer, Pt 5: Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Forgive Us Our Trespasses, As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us

A single pang of hunger will drive home the truth of our need for bread, our utter dependence on it. But when it comes to survival, our need for forgiveness (both received and given) is a bit less obvious. Certainly, I can not forgive and I can not ask for forgiveness and live. I can certainly exist and hold a grudge (I do that very well, in fact). But if what Jesus says is true and we must to lose our life in order to save it, then forgiveness…

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We Are Bold to Say... The Lord's Prayer, Pt 4: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

We Are Bold to Say… The Lord’s Prayer, Pt 4: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

What a transition: to go from the wonder and splendor of the preceding verses—thoughts of heaven, of God’s hallowed name, of His beautiful kingdom and perfect will, to this: what concerns us. The transition is almost abrupt, moving from things above to things below, but—and our understanding of the Gospel is of great importance—not surprising: the very things that constitute our needy state (hunger and debt) are truly met and given to us by the awesome God we’ve just spoken of.

Give us This Day Our Daily Bread

Bread is bread is bread. The Greek word typically translated and understood as “daily”,…

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Gerhard Ebeling on the Distinction Between the Law and the Gospel

Gerhard Ebeling on the Distinction Between the Law and the Gospel

I ran across an excellent statement by theologian Gerhard Ebeling about the importance of the distinction between the law and the gospel in his book, Luther: An Introduction to His thought:

 “What does ‘distinction’ really mean here? Obviously it does not mean a division, a separation. There is not merely an alternative: either the law or the gospel.  It is not as though one can be replaced by the other.  In a series of passionate conflicts, Luther attacked the antinomian misunderstanding which alleged that because Christian preaching was the gospel, it had nothing to do with the law.  Moreover,…

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Fight the Power: Banksy, External Authorities and Justification by Faith Alone

Fight the Power: Banksy, External Authorities and Justification by Faith Alone

In case you missed it. From the LATimes:

The artist known as Banksy is famous for his stealth graffiti projects that mix social commentary and subversive street art. In keeping with his rebel persona, Banksy’s guest “appearance” on “The Simpsons” on Sunday night [Oct. 10] was an unpredictable affair that mixed the anarchically humorous and the deadly serious. Banksy helped to design the opening credits for Sunday evening’s episode… Banksy created an extended sequence that took viewers on a hellish tour of sweatshop labor in Asia. Workers are shown toiling away on animation cels and merchandise tie-ins for the hit Fox…

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Gerhard Ebeling on Reformation and Reality

Gerhard Ebeling on Reformation and Reality

A few excerpts from the preface to the English edition of Gerhard Ebeling’s Word and Faith (pp.9-10), because it is never too early to begin celebrating Reformation Day:)

We can give expression to our own theological aim only by trying to say what it is that counts in present-day theological work as a whole. Our own theology must be nothing else but a contemporary attempt to answer for theology as such. Answering for something implies, as does the concept of witness, two things: staking our person, in dedication to the matter concerned. Hence it can never be a question for…

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George Orwell and The Ministry of Law and Gospel

George Orwell and The Ministry of Law and Gospel

Dystopia(n): (1) an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives; (2) the opposite of utopian; (3) one of my favorite literary and cinematic genres (check out the top 50 dystopian movies on this list) It doesn’t matter whether it is Isaac Asimov’s Caves of Steel or Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451, Waterworld or Planet of the Apes, Max Headroom or Blade Runner, there is something about this genre that speaks to me in a particularly powerful way. Like OT prophets, these works—from the ridiculous (Zardoz) to the sublime (Brave New World)—latch onto a particular area of contemporary unease…

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Some Thoughts on the "Opiate"

Some Thoughts on the "Opiate"

From Gerhard Ebeling’s Luther, an Introduction to His Thought:

“It can appear as though God is now made a substitute for our power, just as it was suggested before that faith might be seen as a substitute for our knowledge. But is must be noted that the emphasis is not on flight from need, but on a refuge in need, not upon a change in circumstances, not on the affirmation that the saving action has taken effect, but on certainty with regard to an effect which is still to come and is still awaited. Nevertheless, the suspicion still lingers that this…

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