Thursday, November 15, 2018

Clarke: theology faces the past

Thursday, November 15, 2018
    I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.
    —John 6:48-50 (NIV)
    Theology in general, instead of acting as a beacon-light to guide the people of God, the laity, as they confront the problems of living for Christ in the world, has for generations been taking refuge in an ever more minute study of Christian origins. Theology is less and less about God and God’s world, and more and more a department of ancient history, absorbed in minute details of historical and literary criticism. The whole business is wildly out of proportion.
    ... O. Fielding Clarke, For Christ’s Sake, New York: Moorehouse-Barlow, 1963, p. 85 (see the book)
    See also John 6:48-51; Matt. 18:11; 20:28; Luke 19:10; John 3:17; 10:10; 1 Tim. 1:15
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are my contemporary.
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