Thielicke says some have “theologian’s disease” and use truth not to build their congregations by instruction but to tear them down. Destroying a church in this way is the “starkest possible contrast with love,” Thielicke writes. (31)
Thielicke says the greatest danger of knowledge about God is that you may lose sight of the Almighty in the process.
Says the first germ that causes theologians to catch this disease that infects congregations is when a minister no longer treats Holy Scripture as a means to come near to God but only as an end in itself of “exegetical endeavors.” Continue reading →
In this second blog post that’s part 2 after a review I did of Bill Hybel’s The Power of a Whisper, I clarified some the title. The part 1 blog title was, “Does God Speak?” When I read it again, I thought, of course He does. He speaks anytime He wants, and has throughout time.
Foster Bible Pictures 0060-1 Moses Sees a Fire Burning in a Bush (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The clarified question is, “Does God continue to speak audibly to people today like He is portrayed doing in the Bible?”
First, let’s review how God speaks in Bible times:
Jesus is baptized in the Jordan River by John, affirmed as "beloved Son" by the Father, and blessed by the Holy Spirit's presence.
If you could boil down the teachings of Christ and all of Scripture to 10 words and put them in a pyramid, what would they be? Put one on top, two below that, then three, then four on bottom. Be creative, don’t cheat . . . much.
I’m going to pick a word to begin that means God, Christ, Spirit to cheat a little, but what I mean by that is what theologians have meant by it for centuries: that God is relating in three persons and out of that relationship we are created and invited into that communion.
Here’s my Life Pyramid that will continue to be revised. I’d be interested to see what you would put in your Life Pyramid.
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