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11.28.2005    |    Divisions
Yesterday was the start of Advent. We read Mark 13:1-37, as, apparently, did many other Christian churches: Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran. But the point isn't the contents of the Gospel: it is the fact that this Gospel is shared by all who confess Christ as Lord.

A marvelous thing it is, surely, that the exact same passages were read 'round the world. God's Word has no respect for denominational boundaries. Which, despite what some might claim, are made by men. And hence, of no lasting value. Impermanent. But dust.

Would that all denominations that read Mark 13 today would also share real communion. I suggest that there is but a single condition on those who would partake of the Lord's Supper: confess Jesus as Lord. Notions of the particulars of communion, the various theologies concocted to explain that which is inherantly beyond our ken, are merely things to maintain control by mere mortals over that which they've no true authority.

They are dust; vanities. After all, Jesus did not tell us, in Matthew 26:26, to paraphrase C.S. Lewis, to "take, and write a Master of Divinity thesis." Our Lord kept it simple. As should we.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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