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, February 3, 2020

Opus 2020-029: Monday Pulpit: What Makes a Family

The pastor was reflecting on the evil of abortion.  He was talking about how human beings different from animals because we were created in the image of God.  Then he clarified that understanding a bit by saying something like,
“We are all created in the image of God, making us His offspring, but we become his children by adoption.”
If you have ever talked to someone who has been adopted or a child who had their father abandon the family and another man marry their mother, you can relate to this.  You will often hear comments of the nature that one was a biological source of sperm but the other is the father.

Some people don’t understand this.  Yes, we are all special.  We are conceived with the image of God imprinted on us.  Sin has marred that image.  God wants to reestablish it but it requires some repair work.  That is offered through the death and resurrection of Jesus.  When we embrace that truth then we are adopted into the family of God.

Keep in mind that this makes us extra special.  In the Roman world that the New Testament was written in adoption was a higher status than natural birth.  At that time even the Roman emperors would decide who the heir to the throne would be by adoption, not birth.

Don’t rely on being the generic offspring, go for adoption.  It really makes a difference.

homo unius libri

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