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Blog Archives: November 2018

Advent and Peace

November 29, 2018
Chris Castaldo
How does Advent contribute to peace? The Church univocally confesses that it comes through the Babe in the manger whom we call Lord. This is the bedrock on which true peace is established. But in what way is incarnational peace ‘spread to all the earth abroad’? Here is an example from history. Friar Antonio de Montesinos was a member of the Dominican order and served on the island of Hispaniola, which the Spanish had claimed as their first colony in the Americas in 1493. Montesinos was appalled by the colonists’ enslavement of the local ...

Are you Connected?

November 15, 2018
Chris Castaldo
God fits us into his temple as living stones.  It is in discovering this reality—the building of God, in which we live, and move, and have our being—that we come alive.  It is not by getting our own way, but rather by fitting into something sacred, ancient and massive. Here is how C. S. Lewis memorably puts it: “We have in our day started by getting the whole picture upside down.  Starting with the doctrine that every individual is ‘of infinite value,’ we then picture God as a kind of employment committee whose business it is to find ...

Living as the Church

November 08, 2018
Chris Castaldo
How should the Church function? This question has been part of our consideration in the Wednesday evening Men’s study. It turns out that the model of church employed by a community has profound implications on the way we approach ministry. In what follows, I will survey the basic conceptions of the Church from the last millennia. Such insights provide categories for engaging conversation with other Christians and will also help us to evaluate the values and priorities with which we approach ministry. Among the most helpful volumes on the ...

Is the Reformation Still Necessary?

November 01, 2018
Chris Castaldo
It’s an oft-repeated question: is the Reformation still necessary? On this Reformation Day, it is proper to consider how the gospel renewal impulse of yesteryear applies to our present moment in history. Central to the Reformation was the fact that God places us before his unbroken gaze. We who were once separated from Christ—strangers to the covenant or promise and without hope in the world—have been drawn into the loving embrace of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This happens, says the Apostle Paul, “by the blood of Christ” (Eph 2:13). But ...