"Come, sinners, to the Gospel feast" - Charles Wesley

“Come, sinners, to the Gospel feast” – Charles Wesley

Oft times, Methodists like to pretend that the theology we inherited from John and Charles is that of a symbol — yet, in reading the stanzas, we see sacrificial language, mimicking the high sacramentarianism of the Catho-Anglicans.

This hymn was part of our Maundy Thursday service, and I having never heard it before, listened as intensely as one does to an new lover.

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Three words

“It is finished”. Found in the gospel of John (John 19:30), these three simple words changed everything. It is fair though to ask the question what exactly is finished? We can look around our cities and towns and see violence and addiction, poverty and need. We can watch the news and see all manner of evil across the globe. We can look into our lives and see all the mistakes and misdeeds. So what…

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I Shall Be Released

I Shall Be Released

With a few very slight modifications, Bob Dylan’s song I Shall Be Released (1967) is an appropriate song for Good Friday.

They say everything can be replaced,
yet every distance is not near,
so I forgive every face
of every man who put me here.

I see my light come shining
from the west unto the east.
Any day now, any day now,
I shall be released.

They say every man needs protection
they say every man…

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Painted in #Waterlogue

#goodfriday #holyfriday #umc

Because #science … Part of our liturgy last night

Do you even Council of Trent, bro?

Do you even Council of Trent, bro?

From time to time, Protestants will stick their foot in their mouth about Catholic theology. From “worshipping Mary” to “works righteousness,” the more Evangelical/Reformed you are, the worse off you are going to be in describing basic Catholic teachings.

For instance, Tim Challies has recently decided to garnersome attention by declaring Pope Francis a false teacher, placing him next to the…

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Two new bundles you need from @AcadamicLogos (@Logos, @FortressPress)

Two new bundles you need from @AcadamicLogos (@Logos, @FortressPress)

I have not had a chance to review this…I’ve not been asked (HINT) but these two really stand out:

The first is the Pontifical Biblical Institute:

Immerse yourself in ancient-language texts and detailed Scripture exegesis with the Pontifical Biblical Institute Ancient Language Studies. This 50-volume collection compiles a broad range of works—from interpretation of Scripture to grammatical…

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Bird “watching”