“Doing theology” often implies that we understand God better than the apostles or their disciples, and Jesus would really have benefited from a background in textual criticism. But has everything orthodox already been taught? Read the rest of this entry »
“I never in all my life was in a holy church.”
– Fije and Eelken, Martyrs Mirror p. 484-485
“But where you hear of a poor, simple, cast-off little flock, which is despised and rejected by the world, join them.”
– Anna of Rotterdam , Martyrs Mirror p. 453-454
“The whole history of the Church is one long story of this tendency to settle down on this earth and to become conformed to this world, to find acceptance and popularity here and to eliminate the element of conflict and of pilgrimage. That is the trend and the tendency of everything. Therefore outwardly, as well as inwardly, pioneering is a costly thing.”
Jesus thought of God as “Abba”; literally, “Daddy.” When the early Christians called God “Daddy,” it was an intimacy born out of gratitude and honor.
The infinite, awesome God is honored when his children love him without fear. But we want to love him without awe.
We don’t come to him as a small dependent child would. We come to him jauntily, careless of our need, careless of what he would give us if we would come to him as our Daddy.
When Isaiah saw God high and lifted up, did he pray casually, as we do? Could you pray casually, if you saw God?
What do you see?
My mother just called me, tearfully.
She told me that this morning in St. Louis, Missouri, my grandmother passed away.
She will rest in New Ulm, Texas, where Christoph Ashorn settled more than 150 years ago. She was his oldest living descendant. She always talked about getting back to Texas someday.