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Psalm 5

Posted by Remy on March 27, 2010

This is my own translation. I’m not a Hebrew scholar, so I rely on other translations and various online tools. My goal is a poetic translation. Comments appreciated.

Psalm 5

Hear my words, Yahweh, consider my groaning,
listen to the voice of my cry, my King, my God, I pray to you.

Yahweh, this morning you hear my voice,
this morning I lay it before you and watch,
for you are not a Mighty One who delights in wickedness,
neither will the wicked one dwell with you,
the boastful will not stand before your eyes;
you hate those who devise lawlessness,
you will destroy the one speaking lies,
the bloody, deceitful man you abhor, Yahweh.

But I in your abundant mercy enter your house,
I bow toward your temple of holiness in fear.

Yahweh, guide me in your righteousness because of my enemies,
straighten your way before my face,
or there is nothing in his mouth,
deep inside there is destruction,
their throat is an open tomb,
their tongue is smooth.
Condemn them, God, and they will fall by their own plot,
for their abundant transgressions cast them out that rebel from you,
and they will all rejoice, those who trust in you, forever they will sing.

Cover them and they that love your name will rejoice
for you bless the righteous one, Yahweh,
with favor, as with a shield, you encircle him.

Click here for my Psalm 1

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St. Patrick : Confessions

Posted by Remy on March 17, 2010

I am, then, first of all, countryfied, an exile, evidently unlearned, one who is not able to see into the future, but I know for certain, that before I was humbled I was like a stone lying in deep mire, and he that is mighty came and in his mercy raised me up and, indeed, lifted me high up and placed me on top of the wall. And from there I ought to shout out in gratitude to the Lord for his great favours in this world and for ever, that the mind of man cannot measure.

-St. Patrick

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Turning Blessings to Cursings : Martin Luther

Posted by Remy on March 15, 2010

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the Sacramentarians, nor standeth in the way of the Zwinglians, nor sitteth in the seat of the Zurichers.”

-Martin Luther

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DBH on Revolutionary Christianity

Posted by Remy on March 8, 2010

David B. Hart on Revolutionary Christianity and its alternatives from the centre for Public Christianity.

The Topics:

  • The violence of Christian history
  • The new atheists and an ugly God
  • Ethics and the good life
  • Nostalgia for a pagan past
  • Gnosticism and alternative gospels
  • Suffering and the problem of evil

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ERH on the Creed and a Footnote

Posted by Remy on December 15, 2009

In short, the story of man since Christ has been the application of the Athanasian Creed to everyday life. The story makes it clear that the Creed is not a statement of bare facts but a command given at baptism. The Creed describes essentially three things- God’s trust in man, God’s liberty, God’s creativity (5) -and enjoins us to accept the conditions under which we may make Man by sharing these Divine attributes.

5. These are the powers of faith, love, hope, which bridge the abysses inside of “Man” whom we little men have to represent through the ages. It is essential to realize that they come from God rather than the human will. The Greek and Hebrew words for faith mean God’s faithfulness and trust. Our believe is but the poor reflex of God’s faithfulness to all of us together. William James’ unfortunate phrase of “the Will to Believe,” ushered in the revolt of the masses because it deprive our faith of its prop. The masses are plunged into night when faith is made dependent of human will, instead of meaning that God holds us in the palm of his hand. Similarly love and its liberty are too often confused with will, even by theologians. Love and will have as little to do with each other as a wedding ring with a cannon. Will is not free, for it must struggle for life; but love is free, because it can chose death.

-Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

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Psalm 1

Posted by Remy on September 8, 2009

This is my own translation. I’m not a Hebrew scholar, so I rely on other translations and various online tools. My goal is a poetic translation. Comments appreciated.

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
nor in the way of sinners stand,
nor in the seat of mockers sit,
but the law of Yahweh is his delight
and in his law he meditates day and night.

He is as a tree planted by rillets of water,
his fruit he bears in his season,
his leaf does not wither,
and all he does matures.

The wicked are not so,
but are husks scattered by Wind.
Therefore the wicked do not rise in judgment,
neither are sinners in the congregations of the righteous,
for Yahweh knows the ways of the righteous,
and the ways of the wicked will be destroyed.

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Slavery and the Eucharist

Posted by Remy on June 14, 2009

“Slavery ended in medieval Europe only because the church extended its sacraments to all slaves”

-Rodney Stark, The Victory of Reason

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Christianity, Scriptures, and the Future

Posted by Remy on June 13, 2009

“Judaism and Christianity have sustained a directional conception of history, culminating in the Millennium. However, the Jewish idea of history stresses not progress but only procession, while the idea of progress is profoundly manifest in Christianity.”

“Other major religions are strongly oriented to the past, and to the principle that, if anything, history is regressive and later generations are prone to error. Therefore, to say that the sages or saints in times past may have had an imperfect or limited understanding of religious truths is rejected out of hand by Buddhists, Confucianists, Hindus, and even by Muslims.”

-quotes from Rodney Stark, The Victory of Reason

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If You Only Listen to One Sermon This Year…

Posted by Remy on May 22, 2009

then you probably need to reevaluate your priorities.

But if you only listen to one extra sermon this year, it should probably be this one.

Other sermons from AAPC can be found here.

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3 Comments on the Word of God

Posted by Remy on April 23, 2009

1. It is not correct, Biblically speaking, to split the Bible into an Old Testament and a New Testament.

2. You could speak of the Four Testament’s of the Bible; the Testament of the Patriarchs, the Testament of the Kingdom Period, the Testament of the Prophets, and the Testament of Jesus.

3. Better to speak of the Word of God as a complete story, unbroken, from start to finish, Genesis to Revelation.

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