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Author: gfackre Created: 5/11/2008 4:31 PM
Christian Doctrine and Contemporary Issues

By gfackre on 7/30/2008 8:18 AM

While being saved from suffering is to the fore today as our culture's question, what about the other matter of salvation which Cruden tracks through Scripture? That question is posed by Karl Menninger in his famous book, WHATEVER BECAME OF SIN? At the heart of the Christian Story , God answers that question raised by Chapter 2 of the biblical narrative--our No! to God and one another. The response? The historic 1999 Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church puts it this way: salvation from sin comes "by grace alone, in faith in Christ's saving work...." Read More »

By gfackre on 7/5/2008 5:00 PM

Salvation in Scripture has two meanings. So Cruden's concordance. We are saved by the grace of God from "trouble and danger" and from "sin and its consequences." In our era the questions people ask around the issue of hope have to do with the former. Archbishop Tutu's book title captures our problem: "Hope and Suffering." Jesus Christ is the Hope of the world in his salvation from suffering in the framework of an Already and Not Yet spoken about here, but also in a previous blog on "theodicy.". Here is a crucial Word that needs to be heard in our time.

But what of hope and sin? To be continued.
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By gfackre on 6/19/2008 9:27 AM

The Pentecostal birth of the church can be understood as the coming to be of the Christian community of Hope. The indicators of its presence are the four signs of the Holy Spirit given in Acts 2-4--kerygma, leitourgia, diakonia, koinonia in both their inreach and outreach. Worth considering are their relation to the four creedal attributes of the church--apostolicity, catholicity, sanctity and unity. Read More »

By gfackre on 6/9/2008 8:39 AM

At the center of the Story, is the incarnation of Hope. That Word became flesh and lived among us- as example, teacher, healer. And more, dying for us, rising and ascending to rule the world, a reign seen by the eyes of faith. Here we have in our history "this hope, sure and steadfast anchor" Read More »

By gfackre on 5/29/2008 9:03 AM

Christiand hope rises out of the biblical Story of Hope, a narrative that runs from creation to consummation, with its center in Jesus Christ. In this blog we begin with the author, the triune God, and touch on the first three chapters' movement toward the Center and the End. Read More »

By gfackre on 5/22/2008 8:58 AM

We look here at the different ways the word "hope" works. In the Christian Story, it functions as a noun within an Already-Not Yet framework, one to be further explored.
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By gfackre on 5/15/2008 8:35 AM

This is the second blog on hope, probing why our times are returning to this concern and away from the fatalism of other eras. Suffering is seen as a pressing question in our time and thus the relevance of hope. The wisdom of Martin Luther King, Jr., Reinhold Niebuhr, Karl Menninger and Charles Taylor are referenced. Read More »

By gfackre on 5/11/2008 4:33 PM

“Hope” is in the air--whether it is a presidential candidate who features it as a defining word, or the world of war and global warming that makes us ask whether we have any. Surely this is a time for speaking about what Christians hold about “hope.” As a noun, it has to do in Christian doctrine with "eschatology." Hence this new first blog with that its theme. As it will be the subject of the sixth volume of my systematic series, THE CHRISTIAN STORY, I'll be trying out some ideas here, and welcome feedback. First, some thoughts on a trajectory toward the topic in the hope refrain of recent decades.
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