Otto Weber and John Calvin on Roman Hubris (and me on Evangelical Insolence)

According to the Roman Catholic view, Jesus is the Lord in the Church and through the Church, but not over the Church in the sense that he alone defines the word of the Church through the apostolic witness and makes this word secondary to that witness.

Otto Weber, Foundation of Dogmatics, vol. 1, p. 40

It is easy to simplify things and state that all the differences between Rome and Christianity come down to authority. Nevertheless, all differences must at the very least start there. Until this issue is resolved, there can be no meaningful rapprochement with Rome.  Rome says that what the Church says about the Apostolic witness is more important than the witness itself. Jesus may help and guide the Church in her dogmatic decrees, but her decrees always take precedence over whatever Jesus or the apostles have decreed.

This should not be taken as an assertion that Protestants have it all together. We may have a better creed, but for many it is little more than that: “I believe,” but not “I do.” Sola Scriptura and Regula Fidei are nice slogans to sling around, but they have little bearing on how we relate to God, society, or one another. The arrogance of Roman autonomy is little better than Evangelical insolence.

 …in mysteries of the faith common sense is not our adviser, but with quiet teachableness and the spirit of gentleness (which James commends) we receive the doctrine given from heaven.

John Calvin, Institutes, 4.17.25

Advice for Pastors

If you are prone to depression, the blues, the preacher’s fainting fits, etc.

Be sure that if you speak on rejoicing evermore in Sunday school and sermonize on giving thanks: the prince of the power of the air will enjoy seeing how serious you are about such matters.

On College Expos and Returning to the Creation Museum

This past Saturday I took a group of teens to the Creation Museum for the College Expo they were having.

A note to college reps: I know why you are there. You know why you are there. But there is a way to politely cut off talking with a pastor so that you may talk to a prospective student. Again, I know why you are there, but being overly rude to pastors, or youth pastors, etc isn’t exactly going to help your cause in the long run.

It was funny to watch the reps from Fairhaven. Whenever a girl would walk up, the eyes of the reps would ever so quickly drop down to see what sort of garments were covering (or not covering) the legs. (Both the reps were female BTW. They weren’t being pervs…)

It was good to talk a bit with the reps from an Alma Mater. And a bit sad. I am praying for you.

As for the Creation Museum…

It was the second time I have visited. The last time was about three years ago. The facilities and displays are beginning to show their age. I don’t know how one goes about dusting some of those dioramas, but it should probably be done. Same things goes for man of the life-size displays.

Hey guys: before you sink 25 million into to a boat (pun somewhat intended) you might want to give a little attention to what you already have.

I had a very good time with a group of kids that I could not have been happier about.