Episode #76 – Church of Nothing in Particular

In this episode, Tim and Lewis talk about what a Church confesses matters, even down to naming the church. They then play some Good Tweet/Bad Tweet, hit up some Christian MeMEs that show how careful you have to be, and answer a question each from Kris and Elise. Tune in now before we all fall down a pit!

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Opening music: Listener“Eyes to the Ground for Change”

Other things: Amos Lee, “Tricksters, Hucksters, and Scamps”“Holy Ghost Hokey Pokey”King of the Hill, Season 8, Episode 2AC/DC, “Shook Me All Night Long”

Closing Music: Jovan Mackenzy, “Reformata”

 

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2 thoughts on “Episode #76 – Church of Nothing in Particular

  1. Regarding the question about law/gospel in non-sacramental churches. I have been in Reformed churches my entire adult life, over 25 years. I had been struggling with assurance and as a good Calvinist, kept trying to look inside – fruit inspection, as it were. I became familiar with some Presbyterians who put more of an emphasis on law-gospel: White Horse Inn, TullianTchividjian types. To me they seemed antinomian. I moved to even more puritanical type reformed churches until just finally giving up in a hot pile of skepticism. I really tried to abandon the faith altogether and for the first time in years was finding some relief as I just tried not to think about it all. After a while though I started waking up in the morning missing Jesus and wanting to pray. Somehow I realized my issue hinged on limited atonement(my moment of clarity?). I do not understand how anyone can have assurance in that system. I remembered that Lutherans reject that notion so started looking more deeply at their theology. What I found is that the law/gospel theology, which I believe leads to antinomianism in the reformed superstructure does not lead there in Lutheransim just because of the strong sacramentalism. Without the objectivity of the sacraments I think it’s too easy to de-emphasize the seriousness of law. What I found in reformed law/gospel churches was actually a de-emphasis of law. SIn is no big deal. It’s not the soul killing behemoth that requires me to eat the flesh and drink the blood and repent and believe week in, week out. Just God took care of it, don’t worry about it. Anyway, it has been life giving for me when I feel like a failure and am convicted of sin to go and receive the sacrament and know that it is Christ for me rather than to look to the black hole inside me for assurance. And I have been in a better position to go ahead and be able to do good works simply because they’re needed, not because they’r the proof of the validity of my faith.

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