Friend of Grace Fridays

>Friend of Grace Fridays

>Friend of Grace Fridays: Our Mafia mascot, Grace, provides a weekly collection of posts from blogs & articles we dig or otherwise find interesting.

Friend of Grace Barring Yahweh by Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, CT. “The Vatican gives orders to excise the name from worship. Do Protestants agree?”

Friend of Grace Textual Criticism in a Nutshell by C. Michael Patton, Parchment & Pen. “With all this time and change, doesn’t it seem likely that there have been many errors in transcription that have crept into the text, corrupting the original beyond repair? How can we know our Bible is reliable?”

Friend of Grace Christian Without The Adjectives by Internet Monk. “I think we are too much the stars of the story. It’s God’s story. It’s the Gospel that is the story.”

Friend of Grace Obama’s Descent to Earth by Charles Krauthammer. “It’s hard to maintain a celestial conceit for four years — even if you believe it yourself.”

Friend of Grace Blame America First by Michelle Malkin. “They hate us. They still really, really hate us. And it is not all about Iraq.”

Friend of Grace Survey finds holes in US disaster preparedness by Karen Matthews.



6 thoughts on “>Friend of Grace Fridays

  1. >Incidentally, I posted the Parchment and Pen link over at Dawg Cogitans and got (what I assume to be) an ex-seminarian coming after me. I have to admit that I found hilarious such a strident comment on such a seldom-read site! 🙂

    Posted by Nathan P. Gilmour | September 15, 2008, 4:23 pm
  2. >Oh, sure. I’m just posting some thoughts that it provoked. :)Also, with regards to “us vs. them,” I’m inclined to say (again from experience as part of a tradition that claims to eschew adjectives) that when “they” are Presbyterians and “we” are Christians, the us vs. them doesn’t go away but becomes even less self-aware and more given to nastiness.

    Posted by Nathan P. Gilmour | September 13, 2008, 8:14 pm
  3. >Adjectives are very helpful in my book although they can be pushed beyond their usefulness in the “us” and “them” battles sometimes. The column was thought-provoking which is a higher priority for me than full agreement when it comes time to decide what gets included in FOGF.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | September 13, 2008, 12:25 am
  4. >I can see that point, and it’s a good one. I had in mind the first set of adjectives you listed–words that actually stand as shorthand for where one stands, historically rather than existentially.

    Posted by Nathan P. Gilmour | September 12, 2008, 7:26 pm
  5. >Sometimes they can be useful, when they have some meaning. I’m all in agreement over his points about the conversionist experience as a “defining” adjective in some manner. “Presbyterian Christian”, or “Anglican Christian”, ect. makes sense. It’s the “do you have a real, intimae, true, [insert adjective as necessary to make your group the only saved ones] relationship with Jesus by an emotional, blood bought, [insert as needed to single yourself out as unique] experience? No. Oh, well, you’re just a Christian, not a Christ-follower/believer/whatever.” kind of language I can’t go along with. And he makes a point, the language of conversionism places the person at the center of the story, as opposed to God. Which seems especially anathema in the conservative Reformed tradition, eh? 🙂

    Posted by Wesley | September 12, 2008, 6:25 pm
  6. >Appeals like Internet Monk’s are always powerful at first, but when I remember that I’m part of a tradition whose slogan is “Christians only but not the only Christians,” I have to acknowledge that an abandonment of adjectives leads more often to duplicity than to simplicity.

    Posted by Nathan P. Gilmour | September 12, 2008, 3:19 pm

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