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From 60 People Who Shaped the Church by Alton Gansky. On Origen

Origen’s father, Leonidas, was “beheaded for his faith and his property seized, leaving Origen to care for his mother and six siblings. . . . Origen would suffer a similar fate as his father. As a teenager he had greatly wanted to die a martyr’s death, and that desire eventually came to fruition. In 250, Emperor Decius imprisoned Origen and had him repeatedly tortured, keeping him alive in hopes the influential scholar would recant his faith. He didn’t. Decius died and the scholar was set free. However, the torture had been so grueling that Origen’s body was broken and beyond repair and he spent his last days suffering, and died shortly after being released.” (53-55)

From “Trajectories toward an Adjusted Gospel” by R. Albert Mohler Jr. in The (Unadjusted) Gospel edited by Mark Dever, J. Ligon Duncan III, R. Albert Mohler Jr., and C.J. Mahaney

“Anti-supernaturalism is a universal acid. If theologians exclude the possibility of a self-revealing God, then they have no reason to stop at one doctrine. Any decision to stop with one, or several, doctrines is merely exercising some arbitrary operation of the will and is not the consistent operation of a theological mind. Furthermore, eventually there are no more doctrines to deny. This is one of the most delicious predicaments of modern Protestantism. They started with anti-supernaturalism and then ran through the entire theological catalog. Bishop Spong denied every doctrine there is to deny, wrote a book on it, and went on morning talk shows to promote his nonbeliefs. There are no more doctrines left for him to deny, so he is retired now. If one follows the logic of the modern trajectory to its conclusion, eventually he will not need a church, a pulpit, or a preacher. Therefore, if one wants to salvage a theological or ministerial job, he is going to have to find a new trajectory.” (58)

From Making Gay Okay by Robert R. Reilly

“At the heart of the debate over same-sex marriage are the most fundamental questions about who man is and how he decides what makes for his flourishing. Ineluctably the issue of ‘gay marriage’ is about far more than sexual practices. The case for it becomes plausible only if one accepts certain assumptions about how to distinguish what is natural from what is unnatural and what is right from what is wrong. The intellectual origins of the debate stretch all the way back to the Greeks, but radical changes in philosophy over the past two hundred years have altered its character. It is now not so much about understanding reality as it is, but about, as lesbian advocate Paula Ettelbrick proclaimed, ‘transforming the very fabric of society … [and] radically reordering society’s views of reality.'” (15)

From Spiritual Classics edited by Richard J. Foster and Emilie Griffin. The reading is from Karl Rahner, Encounters with Silence

“I should like to bring the routine of my daily life before You, O Lord, to discuss the long days and tedious hours that are filled with everything else but You. Look at this routine, O God of Mildness. Look upon us men, who are practically nothing else but routine. In Your loving mercy, look at my soul, a road crowded by a dense and endless column of bedraggled refugees, a bomb-packed highway on which countless trivialities, much empty talk and pointless activity, idle curiosity and ludicrous pretensions of importance all roll forward in a never-ending stream. When it stands before You and Your infallible Truthfulness, doesn’t my soul look just like a market place where the second-hand dealers from all corners of the globe have assembled to sell the shabby riches of the world? Isn’t just like a noisy bazaar, where I and the rest of mankind display our cheap trinkets to the restless, milling crowds? (218)


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I am a 1997 graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
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