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The Horrific Abuses of the War on Terror, and Why The American Christian Church Doesn't Care Stress positions and humiliation at Abu Ghraib. This is just the PG-rated stuff.  by Ian Ebright “Let’s talk about waterboarding” former President George W. Bush said with an almost defiant shrug. There was Bush, sitting across from Matt Lauer in a recent interview, now bragging about his role in personally authorizing the waterboarding of key terrorist suspects- which we know occurred up to 183 times per person. “Because the lawyers said it was … Read More

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If you believe that the church has always maintained the same position on homosexual marriage, then here is an article for you.  It provides evidence quite to the contrary dating all the way back to the 8th century. I found to be very interesting.  Is it possible that what Prof. John Boswell has concluded about his findings are correct? Here is an excerpt from the article. Click the link to read the full article with more examples cited.

When Same Sex Marriage was a Christian Rite

A Kiev art museum contains a curious icon from St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mt. Sinai in Israel. It shows two robed Christian saints. Between them is a traditional Roman ‘pronubus’ (a best man), overseeing a wedding. The pronubus is Christ. The married couple are both men.

Is the icon suggesting that a gay “wedding” is being sanctified by Christ himself? The idea seems shocking. But the full answer comes from other early Christian sources about the two men featured in the icon, St. Sergius and St. Bacchus, two Roman soldiers who were Christian martyrs. These two officers in the Roman army incurred the anger of Emperor Maximian when they were exposed as ‘secret Christians’ by refusing to enter a pagan temple. Both were sent to Syria circa 303 CE where Bacchus is thought to have died while being flogged. Sergius survived torture but was later beheaded. Legend says that Bacchus appeared to the dying Sergius as an angel, telling him to be brave because they would soon be reunited in heaven.

While the pairing of saints, particularly in the early Christian church, was not unusual, the association of these two men was regarded as particularly intimate. Severus, the Patriarch of Antioch (AD 512 – 518) explained that, “we should not separate in speech they [Sergius and Bacchus] who were joined in life”. This is not a case of simple “adelphopoiia.” In the definitive 10th century account of their lives, St. Sergius is openly celebrated as the “sweet companion and lover” of St. Bacchus. Sergius and Bacchus’s close relationship has led many modern scholars to believe they were lovers. But the most compelling evidence for this view is that the oldest text of their martyrology, written in New Testament Greek describes them as “erastai,” or “lovers”. In other words, they were a male homosexual couple. Their orientation and relationship was not only acknowledged, but it was fully accepted and celebrated by the early Christian church, which was far more tolerant than it is today.

Contrary to myth, Christianity’s concept of marriage has not been set in stone since the days of Christ, but has constantly evolved as a concept and ritual…..(read more)

If you enjoy this post, please also read Randal Rauser. C.S. Cowles writes a convincing essay on the christocentric hermeneutic and how one ought to understand genocide in the Old Testament. Those committed to Biblical inerrancy and infallibility of all Scripture must maintain a tension in the texts between the Old and New Testaments and will argue that the indiscriminate annihilation of the Canaanites was indeed willed by God. Since the annihila … Read More

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Today, Mike Huckabee was on The Hot Seat on Fox.  During the interview he was asked if he identified more with the Republican party or the tea party movement.  He said that he identified more with the tea party movement based on its dissidence and insurgence.  When asked if he would make a party switch,  Huckabee answered with this;

“It’s not about a party.  The tea party is not a party, It’s not an organization as much as it is a movement. It’s a spirit. It’s an attitude.”  He goes on to say that; “the real power of the tea party is that it isn’t structured.  If it gets structured it will not be as effective.”

The church should be viewed the same way.  It’s not an organization or a party that someone belongs to.  It’s not about the church.  The church is not an organization as much as it is a movement.  It lives by the Spirit.  It’s a way of life.  The real power of the church is in the Spirit not in the structure.  If it becomes structured it not as effective.”

Read more about the organic nature of the church.

I saw this article over at Aaron Snow’s blog. It’s a great analogy about simpler church concepts using the simple equation 2+2=4. Check it out!

I’m always looking for ways to help other churched people understand why I’m a simple/organic/house church guy, because I get asked about it quite often.  I often have used construction terms–the structure of the traditional church needs a lot of metaphorical scaffolding (programs, finances, staff, etc.) to hold it up, where as a simple church doesn’t need any of those things. I may have found a new one.  And it involves my least favorite subjec … Read More

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What do we mean by ‘simple church?’

Some call them house churches. Some call them organic churches. Some call them simple churches. We prefer to just call them churches. They are rapidly multiplying, simple (more…)