Clement of Alexandria on money

In Henry Chadwick’s history The Early Church and there are some absolute gems which you’d do well to read for your reflection, edification and application. Clement of Alexandria wrote a ‘special discourse on to help Christians puzzled about the right use of their money and troubled by the absolute command of the Lord to the rich young ruler, ‘if you would be perfect, sell all you have…’. Here’s what Chadwick says about this, On a rapid reading it might seem as if Clement were merely a compromiser trying to wriggle out of…

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Am I emergent? I might be

Tim Challies posts this quote by Kevin DeYoung knowing if you’re emergent or not. I have to put a tick by a lot of those boxes. “After reading nearly five thousand pages of emerging-church literature, I have no doubt that the emerging church, while loosely defined and far from uniform, can be described and critiqued as a diverse, but recognizable, movement. You might be an emergent Christian: if you listen to U2, Moby, and Johnny Cash’s Hurt (sometimes in church), use sermon illustrations from The Sopranos, drink lattes in the…

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Bonhoeffer on: The Big Question

This might get a little technical but it’s worth thinking about: “Hasn’t the individualistic question about personal salvation almost completely left us all? Aren’t we really under the impression that there are more important things than that question (perhaps not more important than the matter itself, but more important than the question!)? I know it sounds pretty monstrous to say that. But fundamentally, isn’t this biblical? Does the question about saving one’s soul appear in the Old Testament at all? Aren’t righteousness and the kingdom of God on earth the…

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Bonhoeffer on: Zimbabwe (?)

As far as I know Bonhoeffer never visited Africa, and of course when DB was alive Zimbabwe as we know it today didn’t exist. But my reading today struck me as being relevant and I wonder if doesn’t apply to at least some portion of the church in Zimbabwe. He was, of course, writing about the church in Nazi Germany… “The church confesses that it has witnessed the arbitrary use of brutal force, the suffering in body and soul of countless innocent people, that it has witnessed oppression, hatred, and…

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