Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Opus 2011-143, Key Scriptures: The Love Chapter, part 2

Now that you have had a chance to read I Corinthians 13, let me share a few basic details.  If you are a believer who regularly attends worship, this will be simple review.

The word translated “love” is the Greek word agape.  It is one of five words in Greek that are translated love in English.  The others include the ideas of brotherly love, friendship, family love and romantic love.  This word is special.  It is an expression of the unselfish love of God.  It is a love that believers are expected to demonstrate in their lives.  It is at the center of Christian morality. 

In my opinion the Old Testament equivalent of “agape” is the Hebrew word “chesed” which is translated best, “loving kindness.”

Notice that love is not an emotion; it is a decision. 

homo unius libri

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