On several Fridays throughout the year, I impose my amateur eye on unsuspecting crowds.
Every time the church steps backward into the secret counsel of God in election rather than pressing forward toward its purpose, she suffers.
A little introduction to Schleiermacher demonstrating the systematic relation of a prior methodological decision (gefühl) to the hypostatic union.
Does the doctrine of meticulous providence make God out to be the author of sin?
|Haymaking, Julien Dupré (1880)|
|A baptism at the Church of Debre|
Sina Maryam in Ethiopia
We are not found in a state of perfection as soon as we have been baptized into Jesus Christ and his death. Having been baptized into his death, we merely strive to obtain (the blessings of) this death and to reach our goal of glory. Just so, when we are baptized into everlasting life and the kingdom of heaven, we do not at once fully possess its full wealth (of blessings). We have merely taken the first steps to seek after eternal life. Baptism has been instituted that it should lead usto the blessings (of his death) and through such death to eternal life. Therefore it is necessary that we should be baptized into Jesus Christ and his death. (Commentary on Romans, p. 101, Kregel 1976)