Welcome to to this quarter’s Carnival:
Let all partake of the feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness.
Let no one lament his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one mourn his transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Saviour’s death has set us free.
He that was taken by death has annihilated it! He descended into hades and took hades captive! He embittered it when it tasted his flesh! And anticipating this Isaiah exclaimed, “Hades was embittered when it encountered thee in the lower regions.” It was embittered, for it was abolished! It was embittered, for it was mocked! It was embittered, for it was purged! It was embittered, for it was despoiled! It was embittered, for it was bound in chains!
It took a body and, face to face, met God! It took earth and encountered heaven! It took what it saw but crumbled before what it had not seen!
“O death, where is thy sting? O hades, where is thy victory?”
Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!
For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the First-fruits of them that slept.
To him be glory and might unto ages of ages. Amen.
And with that reminder of that which brings us all together … let us commence:
- Two posts on offer from Mike Bell at Notes from an Eclectic Christian. The first on countering divisions within a parish community and the second on using statements of faith for that purpose. I’d offer that in conversations with Protestants (and perhaps Catholics) the lack of a statement of faith and doctrine by the Orthodox is found to be a stumbling block. But, I’d offer that the lack of the same can at the same time be a useful thing, because it is so often not useful to “nail down” mystery.
- Anne our carnival Sponsor aka Weekend Fisher at Heart, Mind, Soul and Strength offers a response to my question for the carnival on discernment. In her essay she asks, “How many church programs are built around opportunities to increase our knowledge? How many around opportunities to increase our love?” A wise teacher once offered that you should spend twice as much time in prayer as you do in study. That’s a hard teaching for me, and I think I am not alone. However hard it is to follow … I think it is wise.
- I offer two posts, in the first I suggest that we be cognizent of the Eternal aspect of God’s time when we consider splitting today, perhaps those things we hope to change will in fact change anyhow, just no in our particular lifetime. In the second, I offer my response on discernment and our divisions.
Some involuntary entries, or things noted in the past month(s) which have to do with ecumenical movement but hadn’t been offered by their authors:
- Kyle offers an attempt to locate the divisions and the problem it presents.
- Michael at Chasing the Wind offers a homily on reconciliation.
- Ben at Faith and Theology has a post, nominally on apologetics but which might be applied to ecumenical issues.
- Wei-Hsien Wan, has an ordinary post (in the sense that it is, as always, extra-ordinary as compared to the “rest of us”), on broadness of accommodation for the sake of unity. If Basil the Great would stretch to reach Arians, can how might we today stretch to reach Jehovah’s Witnesses and Latter Day Saints? Dr Playpus offers a roundup of some of Wei-Hsien’s posts for those interested.
- Sound ecumenical advice as wel, from Chris Brooks at Homeword Bound. A second post on denominations can be found here as well.
- Mike Spencer offers a response to a critique of Protestantism.