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.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Opus 2011-181, Monday Pulpit: Post Pentecost

Sunday was Pentecost Sunday.  That is the day that the church remembers the coming of the Holy Spirit to fill the disciples waiting in the upper room.  It was the transforming moment that brought the true church into existence. 

That was Sunday.  What about today?  Part of what our pastor has been teaching is that the filling of the Holy Spirit is not only a beginning but a continuation.  Yesterday my wife asked me what “progressive sanctification” was.  She was reading a book that mentioned a whole bunch of people from a theological tradition that is more into irresistible grace than resistible sanctification.  I told her it was the process of maturing that all Christians agree exists. 

Progressive sanctification is the growth process that takes place after the filling of the Holy Spirit.  Without the Holy Spirit, it isn’t going to happen.  Two things the pastor shared that I thought were important to remember.  You can’t understand the Bible if you don’t have the Spirit and the Holy Spirit can’t help you remember what you never knew.  To that I would add, you will not hear if you are not listening.

Pentecost Sunday is over for this year.  The process of Pentecost continues.  Listen, read, obey.  Let’s each transform our little corner of the world.

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