Posts Tagged ‘Brian McLaren’
For my Nazarene friends, here’s an index to some thoughts about the “Concerned Nazarenes” DVD that was distributed at General Assembly. CN is a fundamentalist group with strong ideas about the emergent church phenomenon and its relationship to the Church of the Nazarene. Their DVD is reviewed by a fellow named Jeffrey at A Considered Response to the Concerned Nazarenes. The comments seem thoughtful and respectfull.
In the aftermath of World War II, many European intellectuals (later joined by Americans and many others) were forced to ask this question: how could this have happened? This referred to two world wars, and especially the Holocaust. […] They diagnosed the sickness that had befallen Western civilization in general and “Christian” Germany in particular to be excessive confidence.
Mark 1:21-28 (NIV*)
21They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.
Strange thing to say, isn’t it? Rabbis certainly did have authority to teach the Scriptures. But when Jesus spoke, something else happened.
And as if to prove it:
23Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, 24″What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
Remember, we’re in Chapter 1 here. Who else in the room would have even thought this? Virtually no one but Jesus himself. How shocked they must have been to hear it. What a statement!
And what a source! Jesus reacts immediately. First:
Why would he shush, if it’s true? Why would an evil spirit say it, anyway? Read the rest of this entry »