Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Sermon: Who wants to be Left Behind?
This was a sermon I preached on Sunday 9 November, 2014 at Gosford Salvation Army. We follow the Revised Common Lectionary. One of the passages for that day was 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, a passage which is frequently suggested to make reference to the so-called "Rapture". This is a very pervasive, and I think incorrect, theology that many people take for granted and so I decided to challenge it.
I've had more conversations about this sermon than any other I've preached before. I apologise for the very low volume in the videos. I've included the full text underneath so you can read it if listening becomes too difficult. I'd welcome your comments on this one.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Sacraments and the Handbook of Doctrine
I recently sent this to the President and Vice-President of the International Doctrine Council. I have received a response (which I won't publish because it's not my place to). Rather, I publish my letter here to continue the discussion with others who may be interested.
The issue of the sacraments and sacramentality in The Salvation Army is one that has interested me for a number of years. When given the opportunity to choose a topic for my honours dissertation in 2007 it was a relatively easy choice to make. At the time I wanted to consider the often asked question “Why don’t we practise that?” alongside its rarely asked correlate “But why do we practise this?” The conclusion of my research was that we are indeed a sacramental people, something that was affirmed well in Salvation Story, but our expression of this sacramentality was new in terms of church history. I used the term “neosacramentality” to describe this. Whilst I would suggest we employ new sacraments of our own creation, the question of the validity of such a decision remains unanswered.
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