update

As indicated a couple of posts back, I heard from Lipscomb and went for a visit last Monday.  Nice people, promising program, but I'm not totally sold.  Right now, I'm still leaning toward Emmanuel.  

Congregational life at South Newnan is flourishing, with each week bringing new surprises and evidence, I think, of God's work among this group.  A couple of us visited Newnan First Christian on Sunday.  We met some wonderful people and made some good contacts.  We were hoping to speak with the minister, but he was out of town, settling into a new pastorate in Missouri.  Anyway, our hope was to talk to him about the North American Christian Convention in June, which a couple of us will be attending.  More on that later. 

I finished chapter 7 of The Politics of Jesus this afternoon.  Here's a thought:

One universal demand which the church as an agency of counsel and consolation must meet is the need of men and women of all ages for help in facing suffering: illness and accidents, loneliness and defeat.  What more fitting resource could there be than the biblical language which makes suffering bearable, meaningful within God's purposes, even meritorious in that "bearing one's cross" is a synonym for discipleship?  Hosts of sincere people in hospitals or in conflict-ridden situations have been helped by this thought to bear the strain of their destiny with a sense of divine presence and purpose.

Yet our respect for the quality of these lives and the validity of this pastoral concern must not blind us to the abuse of language and misuse of Scripture they entail.  The cross of Christ was not an inexplicable or chance event, which happened to strike him, like illness or accident.  To accept the cross as his destiny, to move toward it and even to provoke it, when he could well have done otherwise, was Jesus' constantly reiterated free choice.  He warns his disciples lest their embarking on the same path be less conscious of its costs (Luke 14.25-33).  The cross of Calvary was not a difficult family situation, not a frustration of visions of personal fulfillment, a crushing debt, or a nagging in-law; it was the politically, legally-to-be-expected result of a moral clash with the powers ruling his society… (pg. 129)

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2 responses to “update

  1. Chris,

    I never heard of Emmanuel before. Are they real Campbell oriented. The purpose statement said:

    “Emmanuel School of Religion is a graduate-level Christian seminary committed to the lordship of Jesus Christ, to the authority of Scripture, and to the vision of the unity of world Christianity as arising from the work of such thinkers as Thomas and Alexander Campbell and Barton W. Stone.

    yet in the bookstore and fall curriculum I didn’t see one thing from Campbell or Stone. At least they ought to have something on A. Campbell’s “The Christian System”.

    Overall it looked like a well developed progam, just not very Restoration Movement oriented (which may not be a bad thing).

  2. Paul Blowers is the Stone-Campbell historian @ Emmanuel. You’d probably want to get in touch with him about the institution’s specific indebtedness to Campbell.

    They seem to be pulling off a very complex balancing act at Emmanuel vis-a-vis academic freedom vs. commitment to the inspiration of Scripture (maybe these really aren’t mutually exclusive, but that’s another discussion) and reaching out to all three streams of the Movement. There’s at least one CofC guy on the faculty, for instance.

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