Jonathan Westra

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  • In one of the churches I served as a pastor, there was a rule that spouses could not serve on council at the same time.   When the council realized that my wife would never be allowed to serve...

  • Matt 23:23 is often overlooked.  Jesus clearly says, "you should have done the latter (do justice, mercy and faithfulness) without neglecting the former (tithing)"     I conclude that Jesus...

  • A Covenant church nearby  has had great success with confirmation class.  This is offered to students at least in 7th grade, it is a two year program, taught by the pastors and several teachers...

  • Article 37 does limit the discussion at Congregational Meetings to those items presented by the council.   There would be nothing wrong, in my opinion, for opening up the floor for comment,  but...

  • Ok thanks.  I've ordered some of the books suggested and will soon be able to see pp. 53 and 54!   Thanks for you thoughts on the Atonement theories as well.  I find this very helpful.  Again, if...

  • That was a good catch.  I think I meant to say "guilt" but said sin.  But no matter.  I really like framing it a guilt-forgiveness culture. Previously I had used guilt / righteousness.   Do you...

  • This shift makes sense to me.  (What is doxing?)   I observe a general loss of a moral center, or a moral authority.   I grew up in Christendom, but our society has steadily shifted away from...

  • Jesus absorbs our shame and covers us with His honor.   That is what I meant to say.   I like that idea of being covered with the honor of Christ because our tendency is to cover ourselves with...

  • Please say more about the Christus Victor atonement theory.   Thanks.

     

     

  •  God used The Global Gospel as a tool to help me understand shame and how to deal with it.   In the West we do not even see it, but it is there.  When Adam and Eve fell, what do they say?   "We...