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  1. The Plague of the Elder Brothers -- A Book Review of "The Prodigal God" (Part 2)

    (Click here to read Part 1) Overreach? Keller says the Elder Brother was trying to use his obedience to the father to control him. He says: If we think about it, we realize that [the older brother] wanted the same thing as his brother…. He, too, wanted the father’s goods rather than the father himself. However, while the younger brother went far away, the Elder Brother stayed close and “never disobeyed”. That was his way to get control. His unspoken demand is, “I have never disobeyed...
  2. The Plague of the Elder Brothers -- A Book Review of "The Prodigal God" (Part 1)

    I wasn’t sure what I felt about “The "Prodigal God" until the very end of the book. Until then, I alternated between being in vehement denial of the author Tim Keller's assertions (thinking he made arguments which were a "stretch") to feeling completely enlightened & "fully sold" on the very next page. And back around again. I wrestled with Keller's ambitious take on one of the Bible's most well-known & puzzling parables "The Prodigal Son". It was a cognitive roller-coaster, one that was...
  3. In fact we can go further

    In fact we can go further. First, the texts which are usually used to defend the exclusively private nature of the prayer of hours and times very plainly show that this prayer could and actually did have an ecclesiological character, was offered in the assemblies of the community. Thus, in the Apostolic Tradition, immediately following the prescriptions to pray each morning, it is said: ‘but if there is instruction by the word (catechizatio) let every one prefer to attend that, since when he...
  4. Let us note first

    Let us note first of all that the disagreements of historians on this point are to be explained frequently by an inadequate grasp of the question itself. Until quite recently the attention of liturgiologists has been concentrated almost exclusively on questions connected with the history of the sacramental Christian cult— the Eucharist and Baptism. The other aspects of the liturgical life of the early Church have been left in shadow. Their study is only just beginning: ‘too many problems...
  5. In this connection of the Eucharist

    In this connection of the Eucharist with the Lord’s Day, so well supported by evidence from the liturgical tradition of the early Church, we have therefore a confirmation of that eschatological theology of time of which we have been speaking. The eschatology of the new Christian cult does not mean the renunciation of time. There would have been no need for a fixed day (statu die) in a ‘wholly world-renouncing’ cult, it could be celebrated on any day and at any hour. Nor does this eschatology...
  6. Christ rose not on the sabbath

    Christ rose not on the sabbath, but on the first day of the week (μία σαββάτων). The sabbath was the day of His rest, His ‘en-sabbathment’ in the tomb, the day which completed His task within the limits of the ‘old aeon.’ But the new life, the life which had begun to ‘shine out of the tomb,’ began on the first day of the week. This was the first day, the beginning of the risen life over which ‘death has no dominion.’ This day also became the day of the Eucharist as the ‘confession of His...
  7. The Tulip

    The Tulipfear-not Fear Not Jun. 3 Written By James Logan Isaiah 35:4 4 Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Isaiah 40:9 The Greatness of God 9 Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” Isaiah 41:10 10...
  8. The Tulip

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  9. The appearance of this new day

    The appearance of this new day is rooted in the expectation of salvation, in that striving toward the future and in those messianic hopes which were just as characteristic of the theology of the Old Covenant as the cult of the Law. If in the sabbath the Hebrew honours the Creator of the universe and His perfect Law, he knows too that within this world created by God hostile forces are rebelling against Him, that this world is spoiled by sin. The Law has been broken, man is sick, life is...
  10. For the early Church

    For the early Church the Lord’s Day was not a substitute for the sabbath; it was not (so to speak) its Christian equivalent. On the contrary the real nature and significance of this new day was defined in relation to the sabbath and to the concept of time connected with it. The key position of the sabbath (and all its related prescriptions) in the Old Testament law and Hebrew piety is well known. From whatever source the weekly cycle of time may have been acquired by Israel, its religious...
  11. We must first see

    We must first see how well grounded is the idea of the liturgy of time on which we have based our notion of the structure of the early Christian ‘rule of prayer.’ We find support in the obvious link between the Eucharist and time expressed from the very first days of the Church in the Christian celebration of the Lord’s Day. This was the day of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, His manifestation of the new life, and this day became in the Church the day of the Eucharist. For an...
  12. David: A Man After God's Heart

    By Henry Korsah Acts 13:22 – After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ Hello, my fellow warriors, during this quarantine God has placed this topic on my heart. I decided to share what I have discovered. I believe we have all learnt about David during Sunday school, service or even our own quiet time. It is interesting because when we think of David, we...
  13. The Promises and The Gentiles 1.

    Sounds a little dubious but in hindsight, you will be able to piece the picture together and see Gods mighty plan for Israel and also for all the nations of the earth who believe in Jesus Christ, by faith. God made at least five promises to Abram [Abraham] from the time God called him out of the land of Ur [Gen 12:1-3] in Shechem [Gen 12:7] Bethel [Gen 13:14-17] Hebron [Gen 15:1-12] [Gen 15:17-20] where God made a covenant with him. Also the promise God made to Abraham on mount Moriah....
  14. PASTORS

    I was reading an article about expository preaching, one of my favourite subjects. I am just not into tickling ears preaching. The article talked about being a teaching pastor and my mind began to wander through the use of the word and I thought how ridiculous so let me begin. If you are the leader of a church you are a Pastor. Ignoring the fact that the New Testament church did not have pastors as leaders. The pastor always used to be a man and then the AOG started this idea of the husband...
  15. Bless The Lord Oh My Soul

    Psalm 103 (KJV) 103 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Bless The Lord Oh My Soul: Psalm 103:1-22. Love always, Walter
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