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.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Opus 2018-083: The Sting

I think there was a movie of that title.  I didn’t see it, and that is par for my course, but I know it had to do with a couple of con men setting up someone for a fall.  It was based on deceit and quick thinking.  Today we celebrate what is called Easter.  It is the day that Christians in the West celebrate the joke that Jesus played on death.  Paul points out the joke on death.
(1 Corinthians 15:55 KJV)  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
But this is not based on deceit.  God was very open about the role that Jesus would play.  One of the prophecies that we find in the OT is what Paul is quoting.
(Hosea 13:14 KJV)  I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
Some people don’t like the name Easter.  They claim it has a pagan derivation.  Fair enough.  As long as they only reject the name but still celebrate the resurrection I will sit in the same pew with them.  As Christians we not only believe that Jesus died for our sins but conquered death so it has no fear for us.

Now if He would only do something about taxes.

homo unius libri

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