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I love the way Burr included music in his message. This song, along with the song at the end, created space for to process his message and let it soak in before rushing back off to our busy lives.
I love how Burr pushes us toward a relational, rather than rule-based dynamic in our life before God. This often proves difficult for us, as we forget daily that God is a person, not an ideaBeing chosen can lead to arrogance...this is why grace is so important...look as the stumbling examples God gives us (Moses, David, Jonah, Peter)...they are us...called = flawed
If we are all called by God, then there's no room for pride. Were we not broken, flawed, fallen, we would need no call. But we have one. What does this tell us about ourselves? About God?Luke 1...Mary as an archetype of chosenness...Her "thy will be done" echos into the teaching and life of her Son and Savior...Barrenness is a fantastic symbol of where we are not in control...Mary shares her news
Protestants often shy away from the Mary character in the Jesus story. But she is included for a reason. Burr deftly shows us her chosenness and responsiveness, along with her blessedness.
There are a lot of Protestants in GCF and the room definitely tensed up when Burr mentioned Mary. I really appreciate his ability, as a Catholic, to navigate those tensions without undue provocations or compromise. Burr reminded me that I need to think more about the role of Mary in the redemption story.
They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man's parents. "Is this your son?" they asked. "Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?"
The bottom line is this: God created sex for marriage, and within a Christian moral vocabulary, it is impossible to defend sex outside of marriage. To more liberal readers, schooled on a generation of Christian ethics written in the wake of the sexual revolution, this may sound like old-fashioned hooey, but is the simple, if sometimes difficult, truth.
There was a time when the church was very powerful in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being "disturbers of the peace" and "outside agitators"' But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were "a colony of heaven," called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God intoxicated to be "astronomically intimidated." By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide. and gladiatorial contests.