The Weekend Word

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  1. London says:

    You wouldn’t believe me even if I told you. 🙂

    and….FIRST!

  2. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Today is Reformation Sunday. A commemoration of the day that Romans 3:28 took life in the Church again – “For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.”

    I think an important notation for today is that the only place we get Christian doctrine is from the Bible. And if the Bible is not used in it’s completeness and context, then the teaching is probably a false teaching.

  3. Xenia says:

    My husband and I were up in the Bay Area last night and got home late so, being tired of driving, we decided to attend St. Seraphim’s here in town rather than make the hour-long trip up to Felton. The services are almost exactly the same except that St. Seraphim’s is in Russian and Slavonic. But the tunes to the hymns are the same so I could hum along and thus participate.

    As to the sermon… I have no idea what it was about as Fr. George read something very long in Russian. But the Gospel reading was about the Widow of Nain and that was read in both Russian and English.

    The church was packed. Every time we visit St. Seraphim’s there’s more and more people, glory to God. Years ago when I first visited the congregation seemed to consist of a few older Russians but now there’s people of all ages. The choir sounded terrific today since it seems to have doubled in size.

    While the homily was being read I took the opportunity to look around at the people. In this parish, the women stand on the left and the men stand on the right, as in a monastery church. Standard attire for Orthodox females consists of a longish skirt, long sleeves and a headcovering of some kind. It was interesting to see how different women carried this out. There’s the ascetic look – almost Mennonite in appearance. There’s the hippie look- wispy and flowery- which I find rather appealing. Then there’s what I call Moscow Chic, a very stylish urban look. Then there’s what I call the Grand Duchess look- elderly ladies with big hats.

    Among EO men, the most conservative hairstyle is long hair in a ponytail, worn by most conservative priests, along with a beard. It’s pretty much the opposite idea from the West where long hair and a scraggly beard is considered a sign of rebellion and or non-conformity.

    My favorite part of the Russian Liturgy is near the end where the choir (and people) sing

    SVOT! SVOT! SVOT!

    (That’s Holy, holy, holy in English.)

    We believe that when we participating in the Divine Liturgy we are in a very real sense participating with the Angels in heaven as they worship the Lord, as described in the book of Revelation. So SVOT! SVOT! SVOT!

  4. Michael says:

    MLD,

    Problem is that we all think we get our doctrine from the Bible…

  5. Michael says:

    Question 60-61 along with the answers are the foundational truths of the reformation and worth memorizing.

  6. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Michael,
    Actually, all heresey comes from the Bible also 😉

    But there are groups, who get their doctrine from other sources besides the Bible.

  7. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Context and completeness is also vital. I remember right after 911 George Bush (who is no theologian and should probably never reference the topic), quoting Rom 8:28; said “The Bible says that we know that all things work together for good.”

    Well, since he did not complete the verse, even though he used the Bible, George Bush gave a false teaching and became dangerous to the Christian faith.

  8. puzzletop says:

    MLD,

    You’re funny.

    puzzletop

  9. puzzletop says:

    “God’s man in Corinth” Acts 18:1-11

    The People he found vv1-3

    The Pressing of God vv3-6

    The Persuaded of God v8

    The Provision of God vv9-11

  10. Jessica Menn says:

    While I agree MLD can be an amusing–dare I say “witty”?–fellow. I don’t see anything funny about anything he’s said in this thread. It seems quite reasonable and spot on.

  11. Lutheran says:

    MLD,

    Yes. George Bush.

    The one who at the end of his eight years said the Bible is “probably not” literally true and that evolution doesn’t clash with the Bible.

  12. Lutheran says:

    MLD,

    No, he was not a theologian.

    Theologians need to know how to read and use complete sentences.

    🙂

  13. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Well, my intention wasn’t to bash Bush (too easy) but to give an example of using the Bible (even if well intentioned) but giving a false teaching.

    If you don’t include “to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose” you have given the people the impression that God is a universalist and “will work it all out” no matter if you are a Christian or not.

    Again, my bigger point is that on this Reformation Day the word of God stands alone – with no input from human authority, experience, tradition or reason.

  14. paigemom says:

    We didn’t go to service, but had our own “church” here at home since MrFixit is a bit under the weather. We read Oswald Chambers from My Utmost, the talked and prayed together.
    Does that count? 🙂
    Yes, it counts….we ARE church, the “called out ones”….I hope 🙂

  15. puzzletop says:

    MLD et al. Lemme get back to you on the open blogging thread.

  16. Tim says:

    We looked at Martin Luther’s favorite passage in the Epistle of James…Ch 2:14-26. 😉

    God saves us by His grace through faith – and the faith He gives us is living, active, and vital. Warren Wiersbe had a great statement here: “Beware of a mere intellectual faith. No man can come to Christ by faith and remain the same any more than he can come into contact with a 220-volt wire and remain the same.” Amen!

    The full notes are here, if anyone’s interested. Audio should be up a little later this morning on our website.

  17. Psalm62 says:

    Anyone who has any question about faith and doesn’t read Pastor Tim’s linked sermon above will be without excuse before the throne (in this old lady’s opinion). I’d love to cut and paste his pithy comparison illustration of the faith of demons and those of us who pretend, but don’t practice faith… probably not clearly stated here on my part…
    God bless and keep Pastor Tim I pray.

  18. Tim says:

    God bless you as well, Psalm62.

  19. Sarah says:

    Went to a really great women’s retreat this weekend. A little over one hundred women, some great discussions and teaching and worship. We talked about ceasing and feasting….and God is stirring some things that began over a year ago. I’m excited to see how they come to fruition.

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