May 26, 2015

Right and Left

Posted in contemporary, culture, history tagged , at 9:49 PM by alexlozada

Pertinent in reflecting on many social media posts over the Memorial Day weekend, my teammate Rob Kastens re-tweeted a link from Scot McKnight to Patheos.com’s Jesus Creed blog.

The article’s author, Allan Bevere, in turn cites James Hunter’s To Change the World.

Both Right and Left, then, aspire to a righteous empire. Thus, when he [Wallis] accuses Falwell and Robertson of being “theocrats who desire their religious agenda to be enforced through the power of the state” he has established the criteria by which he and other politically progressive Christians are judged the same (147)

Bevere’s conclusion:

Both the religious right and the religious left have their own brand of civil religion based on the same modern Liberal and individualistic assumptions. The religious right freely admits this.

It is time for the religious left to stop denying it and own up to the truth that they have the same agenda, though their issues are different.

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October 4, 2009

Celebration of Unity = Great Communion

Posted in history at 11:25 PM by alexlozada

Thank you to all who participated from the platform and all who attended a Restoration Movement Celebration of Unity (a/k/a Great Communion 200th anniversary of Thomas Campbell’s Declaration and Address) @ Mountain Christian Church on Sunday afternoon 4 October!

Dr Peter Morgan, president emeritus of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, spoke on Thomas Campbell, the Declaration and Address, and the Restoration Movement.

Daryl Reed (lead minister of District of Columbia Regional Christian Church) led the communion meditation. Betsy Magness (my teammate @ MCC, on our worship staff) shared her personal testimony about choosing the Restoration Movement for its values, not having been “born” into the Movement.

Carlos Scott (DC Regional) and Eric Olson (another teammate @ MCC) led the combined worship.

MCC’s senior pastor, Ben Cachiaras, began the the service with a welcome. Lari Grubbs (Regional Minister, Disciple of Christ Capital Region) extended greetings from Disciples of Christ congregations. David Caldwell (representative of Disciple of Christ Historical Society) gave the invocation – text available here.

March 4, 2009

Preparing for Easter – Lenten resources

Posted in better disciples, history, Uncategorized at 8:55 PM by alexlozada

Though the traditions associated with the season of Lent do not have clear New Testament equivalents, MCC uses the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter to encourage people to prepare their hearts for remembering Jesus’ death and resurrection.  For those who like on-line resources, BibleGateway.com has a Lenten reading planthat leads you through the four Gospels.  Eric Olson, one of my MCC teammates, passed along an Oswald Chambers quote from the March 4 reading from My Utmost for His Highest, which inspired me to look for a website that would send a daily email with the Chambers reading for a day. I’ve NOT used this email service for myself because I was already on the BibleGateway reading plan, but these two are only the “tip of the iceberg.”

If you have a Lenten or on-line daily Bible-prayer-meditation resource that might be helpful, put it in a comment to this post. If you lead a small group, consider using this season as a time to encourage your group members to go beyond merely “giving something up for Lent,” but adding something, too.

February 18, 2009

Washington and Lincoln

Posted in history at 7:08 PM by alexlozada

One of my daughters said to me Sunday that we should have a holiday for every President’s birthday – I replied that not every President is as well-liked as Washington  & Lincoln.  I’m guessing her sudden desire to celebrate our country’s leaders had more to do with a day off from school than the influence of overhearing citations of 1 Timothy 2:1-2 or 1 Peter 2:13-17 in inauguration coverage.

She knows that Abraham Lincoln is my favorite president for several reasons, and not only because we share initials 🙂  C-Span released another survey of historians rankings of US Presdents (cached html version here) with Lincoln again in the top spot and George Washington “moving up” to number two (ahhh – the joys of ranking presidents like NCAA sports teams).  My favorite assessment of Lincoln and Washington comes from a long ago American Heritage article by Clinton Rossiter that compares and contrasts the two.   He concludes by emphasizing their similarity, “Each had principles in which he believed with something akin to childlike faith, but the principles were never permitted to harden into dogmas that might obstruct the hard choices that had to be made.”

April 2, 2008

The Centrality of Resurrection

Posted in better disciples, history at 2:44 PM by alexlozada

Thought-stimulating post from Donald Sensing (I read his old blog One Hand Clapping) in which he cites, among others, N.T. (Tom) Wright. My teammate Ethan Magness often recommends Wright’s commentaries to MCC’s small group leaders. I think Sensing is writing that while some are denying the importance of bodily resurrection in favor of a watered down concept of the “survival of an individual’s soul in the hereafter,” noteworthy scholars like Wright are reminding us that the early Christians (and many of their Jewish contemporaries) believed in the resurrection of “the whole person — body and soul.”

April 1, 2008

Growing U – Church History books

Posted in Growing U, history at 9:36 AM by alexlozada

My teammate Ethan Magness loaned me 2 good books that I’m using as prep for MCC’s Making More & Better Disciples in the Church History.

Church History: an Essential Guide by Justo L Gonzalez

Church History in Plain Language by  Bruce Shelley

MCC member (and former president of Lincoln Chr College – East Coast, and church history scholar) Dr Robin Underhill recommended Turning Points: Decisive Moments in Church History by Mark Noll

I confess the one I’m using the most is by my church history professor from Cincinnati Chr University, Dr James North A History of the Church from Pentecost to Present.  While part of my reliance is probably sentimental, Dr North’s writing is accessible to everyday Christians, and he includes thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter.

March 31, 2008

Growing U – Church History weblinks

Posted in Growing U, history at 11:03 AM by alexlozada

I’m way behind on posting, but I’ve just started teaching a new Growing U class on how the church made (or failed to make) more and better disciples through her history.

Here are a few links I’ve used to prep thus far:

Robertson’s Sketches of Church History

Theology Website Church History resources

Church History Timeline

Spurgeon.org’s Hall of Church History

November 12, 2007

Veterans Day late

Posted in better disciples, history at 11:46 PM by alexlozada

At prayer small group yesterday morning, I was reminded by the prayers of other group members that the day was both Veterans Day and International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

A few days before, Mountain Christian’s senior pastor Ben Cachiaras had written an e-note telling us about both days (I’ll post the link as soon as its uploaded), but in the busyness of getting ready on Sunday morning, the importance of Nov 11 had slipped my mind.

Charles Colson’s Veterans Day article from a few years challenges me, “whenever we find ourselves thinking we have sacrificed enough in our all-too-comfortable lives, we ought to remember the four chaplains whose heroism reminds us that “greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.