Monthly Archives: October 2014

Pope Francis Grants Indulgences

Pope Francis Grants Indulgences

“Vatican City, Jul 9, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will grant a plenary indulgence – a remission of all temporal punishment due to sin – to World Youth Day Catholic participants, the Vatican announced July 9″
“Pope Francis has announced that all participants in the July celebration of World Youth Day (WYD) in Rio de Janeiro will be eligible for a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions.”
I always thought that Rome had abandoned the selling of indulgences after the Protestant Reformation.  Apparently I am wrong.  There have been other occurrences of this practice.  Bad habits are hard to break.  You can read about it here and here.

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October 26, 2014 · 7:30 pm

One nation, seven sins

Researches at K State have-through statistical analysis-mapped the seven deadly sins by degree in each US state. First, all sin is deadly and second I have to be skeptical about the data and how it was obtained and used. That aside its still interesting. You can find it here.

One nation, seven sins.

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John Calvin on the Imago Dei (image of God)

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In this way only we attain to what is not to say difficult but altogether against nature, to love those that hate us, render good for evil, and blessing for cursing, remembering that we are not to reflect on the wickedness of men, but look to the image of God in them, an image which, covering and obliterating their faults, should by its beauty and dignity allure us to love and embrace them.

—John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 3.7.6

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Josephus on the Apocrypha


“For we have not an innumerable multitude of books among us, disagreeing from and contradicting one another, [as the Greeks have,] but only twenty-two books, which contain the records of all the past times; which are justly believed to be divine; and of them five belong to Moses, which contain his laws and the traditions of the origin of mankind till his death. This interval of time was little short of three thousand years; but as to the time from the death of Moses till the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, who reigned after Xerxes, the prophets, who were after Moses, wrote down what was done in their times in thirteen books. The remaining four books contain hymns to God, and precepts for the conduct of human life. It is true, our history hath been written since Artaxerxes very particularly, but hath not been esteemed of the like authority with the former by our forefathers, because there hath not been an exact succession of prophets since that time; and how firmly we have given credit to these books of our own nation is evident by what we do; for during so many ages as have already passed, no one has been so bold as either to add any thing to them, to take any thing from them, or to make any change in them; but it is become natural to all Jews immediately, and from their very birth, to esteem these books to contain Divine doctrines, and to persist in them, and, if occasion be willingly to die for them. For it is no new thing for our captives, many of them in number, and frequently in time, to be seen to endure racks and deaths of all kinds upon the theatres, that they may not be obliged to say one word against our laws and the records that contain them; whereas there are none at all among the Greeks who would undergo the least harm on that account, no, nor in case all the writings that are among them were to be destroyed; for they take them to be such discourses as are framed agreeably to the inclinations of those that write them; and they have justly the same opinion of the ancient writers, since they see some of the present generation bold enough to write about such affairs, wherein they were not present, nor had concern enough to inform themselves about them from those that knew them; examples of which may be had in this late war of ours, where some persons have written histories, and published them, without having been in the places concerned, or having been near them when the actions were done; but these men put a few things together by hearsay, and insolently abuse the world, and call these writings by the name of Histories.”

The Works of Flavius Josephus, 1.8

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The Ten Commandments For Using Modern Media

I came across this list of “The Ten Commandments For Using Modern Media” to be very helpful. This was one parents (Susan Maushart) attempt to help her teen use their electronic devices well.   Let me know if you agree.

The Ten Commandments For Using Modern Media.” Here they are:

  • Thou shalt not fear boredom
  • Thou shalt not “multitask” (not until thy kingdom come, thy homework be done)
  • Thou shalt not WILF (WILF describes the “What Was I Looking For” phenomenon of using Google to look for one thing, and then burning two hours hunting down random and unimportant facts)
  • Thou shalt not text and drive (or talk, or sleep)
  • Thou shalt keep the Sabbath a screen-free day
  • Thou shalt keep thy bedroom a media-free zone
  • Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s upgrade
  • Thou shalt set thy accounts to “Private”
  • Thou shalt bring no media to thy dinner
  • Thou shalt bring no dinner to thy media.

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Protestant Monasticism

There is a sort of new “ism” floating about modern day Christendom in the form of Protestant Monasticism. It is probably more accurate to refer to it as “Emergent Monasticism” since its adherents are mostly coming from Emergentism. What seems to be different from traditional monasticism are the vows to life long obedience and the traditional monastic orders. You can read more about this here.

But my question to you is this. Do you think there is warrant for monasticism? Or do you think it negates the idea of being in the world not of it?

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