Episode #18 – Boars In The Cotton Patch

In this episode, Lewis and Dan compare strange and terrible Bible translations, then play a round of Good Tweet / Bad Tweet full of big dreams, touchdown dances, and antinomanism.  They then answer listener questions about Good Books, Baptizing in Christ’s Name, and Ex Opere Operato before another quick run through the Cotton Patch.

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  1. Thanks for another entertaining and edifying podcast, Father Boars, Boar Padres, what have you…

    I wonder if you might be able to clarify something for me. Pastor Polzin said at one point that “God doesn’t care one bit what I do for him.” I think I understand what is meant by this, especially since Pr. Polzin was speaking in the context of churchly worship, what it rightly consists of, etc. But I think that speaking this way can belie the fact (yes, the fact) that we are new creations in Christ (a la justification and mystical union) and that our worship is, in fact, pleasing to God. The prayers of the saints are a sweet-smelling aroma, not by dint of the saints’ merits, but because these works have been transfigured by Christ’s grace — indeed, this side of heaven, we remain sinner-saints, simul iusti et peccatores. The liturgy of the Church manifests this truth, which is why we treat it with care — which is why you two, as stewards of the mysteries, tread carefully and conduct yourselves with reverence when you stand before the altar. Worship is not mere symbolism pointing to a truth enacted in another dimension (as the Reformed doctrine would have us believe). In worship we pray back to God the Words that He has given to us. Even though these words and works are not properly ours, they are truly ours by grace. And He is pleased by them. He does care. If He didn’t…well, then why don’t we just come on into His sanctuary with big ol’ G’s painted on chests, foam fingers, and the lot? Certainly, God does not need our good works, including the good work of worship. But He is pleased by them.

    I owe much of my thinking to the editors over at Gottesdienst, whose work I have been formed by for many years. I commend this piece by Fr. Larry Beane to you for you consideration, as it seems relevant to the topic at hand.

    Again — thank you. Keep your snouts rooting in that rich, loamy vineyard soil and go always

    Under the +Mercy


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