Karl Barth’s WWI Sermons

„We may not have a prophet like Isaiah or Jeremiah in our midst, Barth said, but we do have the Bible and the light of the prophetic word shining so brightly from its pages. “There is something wonderful about this ancient book,” Barth told his people.

 “Particularly in these troubled times, yet at all times, we need to go to this source and to drink deeply from it.” He reminded them of a few of its majestic passages: “Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! LORD, hear my voice!” (Ps. 130:1). “When you hear of wars and rumors of war, do not be alarmed” (Mark 13:7). “I know the plans I have for you . . . plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11).”

„A Unique Time of God. Karl Barth’s WWI Sermons” Karl Barth

What would happen if a donkey read the Bible?

A Rabbi’s question: ‘what would happen if a donkey read the Bible?’ The answer, of course, is that it would see itself. It would observe the wisdom of the talking donkey in Numbers, and the blessing of donkeys in Psalm 104.

Freedom throughout the religious life of a person, not just at its beginning. Miroslav Volf, Flourishing

A world religion that forcibly prevents a person from embracing another religion and compels a person to remain in a religion unwillingly is inconsistent. When Christians punished apostates and heretics, as they did for much of Christianity’s history, the Christian faith itself was divided. When Muslims insist, as many still do, that “once a person accepts Islam out of his free will he is not allowed to leave it,” Islam, too, at is at odds with itself.
If religion is to be embraced freely, that free choice must obtain throughout the religious life of a person, not just at its beginning.

Miroslav Volf, Flourishing : Why we need religion in a globalized world

Man shall not live by “bread alone”. Miroslav Volf, Flourishing


My main thesis is simple. I can state it in the words that, according to the Hebrew Bible, Moses said to the children of Israel at the end of forty years of wandering in the wilderness and the words that Jesus, weakened after forty days of fasting in the wilderness, hurled at the Tempter in self-defense (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4): “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” The greatest of all temptations isn’t to serve false gods, as monotheists like to think. The greatest of all temptations, equally hard to resist in abundance and in want, is to believe and act as if human beings lived by bread alone, as if their entire lives should revolve around the creation, improvement, and distribution of worldly goods. Serving false gods—or turning the one true God into a mere bread provider, which amounts to the same thing—is the consequence of succumbing to this grand temptation.

When we live by bread alone, there is never enough bread, not enough even when we make so much of it that some of it rots away; when we live by bread alone, someone always goes hungry; when we live by bread alone, every bite we take leaves a bitter aftertaste, and the more we eat the more bitter the taste; when we live by bread alone, we always want more and better bread, as if the bitterness came from the bread itself and not from our living by bread alone. I could continue with the analogy, but you get my point: living by “mundane realities” and for them alone, we remain restless, and that restlessness in turn contributes to competitiveness, social injustice, and the destruction of the environment as well as constitutes a major obstacle to more just, generous, and caring personal practices and social arrangements.

Trying to live by “bread alone” kills both us and our neighbors.33 “Alone” is a key word in the biblical passage and in my thesis: bread alone (or, perhaps, bread above all). For we all live also by bread, and without bread all of us are dead. Still, without the divine Word we shrivel even when we are in overdrive, we fight and destroy, we perish. The Word is the bread of life, and it gives abundant life, as it is suggested in the Torah and written in the Gospels (Deuteronomy 8:1–20; John 6:35, 10:10).

Miroslav Volf, Flourishing : Why we need religion in a globalized world

Intentionally left blank page!

Just wondering about the editor’s intentions now. It’s quite puzzling! Not that intriguing though, if you read Eschatology – in the Bible – and in Jewish and Cristian Tradition.
It comes with the Package.


VINERI, 10 Octombrie – Weekend-ul de apologetica

Probabil încă furat de niște idei auzite pe radio la amiază despre mileniști (millenials = termen ce nu are de-a face cu discuția despre mileniu/escatologie ci cu generația Y, născută prin anii ’80), despre Guyland( un fel de zonă de prematuritate persistentă, un blocaj al bărbățeilor în devenirea lor ca indivizi maturi și responsabili), am tot admirat în seara asta la Vlad și Natan maturitatea, gândirea, înțelegerea și prezentarea coaptă a unor teme esențiale pentru devenirea fiecarui creștin.

Mi-am luat notițe și am avut sentimentul ca vreau să-i opresc, ca să termin de notat. Bine ca avem înregistrări. 🙂

Din frânturile pe care mi le-am notat, unele rupte din context, cu scuzele de rigoare:

1. Vlad Crîznic – Introducere în apologetică.

– Dacă ai intenția și un plan să prezinți Evanghelia, Dumnezeu ne va da ocazii să vorbim despre El. Cel puțin în Anglia, dacă aici nu ai oportunități, cu toată diversitatea religioasă pe care o întâlnești, atunci unde? Citește în continuare „VINERI, 10 Octombrie – Weekend-ul de apologetica”

London Baptist Events

Westbury Avenue Baptist Church

International Women’s Day

Theme: Woman You Are ‘Chosen’

Creative Ministries at Westbury Avenue Baptist Church are delighted and excited to invite all the women in your church; daughters, mothers, sisters, neighbors and friends to the ‘Woman YOU Are Chosen’ Conference on Saturday March 8th 2013, at12 noon. Event ends at 3.30pm.

Our amazing Speakers will bring a message of Value, Identity, Purpose and Influence.  A wonderful, inspiring day that celebrates women of all ages and all cultures. The event will also include a ‘Chosen Open Forum’, for those soul-stirring questions.

Speakers: Pastor Annie Onwuchekwa, Pastor Toyin Jama, Patricia J Morris, and Fatmohn Jama. Citește în continuare „London Baptist Events”

Kevin DeYoung on „Red Letter Nonsense”

The unity of Scripture also means we should be rid, once and for all, of this “red letter” nonsense, as if the words of Jesus are the really important verses in Scripture and carry more authority and are somehow more directly divine than other verses. An evangelical understanding of inspiration does not allow us to prize instructions in the gospel more than instructions elsewhere in Scripture. If we read about homosexuality from the pen of Paul in Romans, it has no less weight or relevance than if we read it from the lips of Jesus in Matthew. All Scripture is breathed out by God, not just the parts spoken by Jesus.
More Here

My Book Review: The Invisible Hand by Dr. R.C. Sproul

The Invisible Hand by Dr. R.C. SproulHow can a God of love allow suffering and injustice in the world? Why we had to go through such awful events last year? Why is He allowing confusion sometimes, to cry and be in pain. Why there’s no answer to my prayer?

Although people today have some answers and approach this subject in different ways, the biblical answer to the problem of evil and suffering is the only true and liberating answer you can find.

Sproul is presenting God and His ways with a wonderful logic and clear insight. He is very biblical in his style of defending the truth about God’s sovereignty and providence.

In a very generous and warm environment, he is calling us to trust this good and loving God who really has all things in His hands and does not allow something in your life without a holy purpose, often misunderstood by us.

We are called to embrace these dark moments with hope, always recognizing God’s love and care, and believe that, as he is saying … the providence of God is our fortress, our shield, and our very great reward. It is what provides courage and perseverance for His saints.

Kevin DeYoung and his trip to England

london-big-benI think I understand Carl Trueman’s critiques of American evangelical celebrity culture after touring (to use a celebrity word!) England for a fortnight (to use a British word!). No one asked to take a picture with me–not once. Actually, the one selfie I took was with two Americans (friends of a friend), and we were razzed by the Brits for doing so. Every introduction I received was in the form of a brief interview. People did not queue up after a talk for me to sign their Bible or get a photo for social media. In fact, several church leaders told me that when they really like someone they make fun of them! The culture struck me as one that would rather chop the head off all the tall poppies than point to the one others are pointing at.

I didn’t have a problem with any of this. I like sarcasm and friendly scorn. I’d rather not get my picture taken. I don’t long to sign things. But at the same time, it felt to me like these were cultural values I was experiencing more than strictly biblical ones. Although the lack of pizzazz was refreshing, there were also times no one came up to me to say anything. During break times, I could wander around looking for the loo without fear of someone interrupting my wandering! I didn’t mind. Everyone was exceedingly kind. I’m simply commenting that the same culture that was wonderfully free of celebritification might seem to others unfriendly or unwelcoming (again, that’s not how I took any of it). I don’t think people from America should assume the British are rude, just like I don’t think they should assume people from the Midwest are too nice, people from the South are fake, people from the Northwest are weird, or people at Christian conferences in the States worship the speakers. As we learn from each other, part of what we will learn is that we do things in different ways and skew toward different dangers.

for the full article click HERE.

Spiritual heart transplant – Max Lucado

max lucado, GraceA few years ago I contacted Max Lucado to ask his permission to translate his daily devotionals from MaxLucado.com. He was quite happy about it and he wrote back:

It is a wonderful honor to be a part of this valuable website. God loves all the people of Romania . It is my prayer that every single person of this great nation discovers the love of God and the gift of Jesus Christ. Thank you for allowing me to share a word and, Lord willing, lift a heart.” Max Lucado.

I was overwhelmed by the fact that Max Lucado wrote to a kid like me. Wonderful. Speechless.

I’ve created a blog, Max Lucado Romania, where we translated some of his devotionals. We stopped for a while but we started again a few weeks ago. He’s playing with the words and illustrates deep Biblical truths in a way that fascinates me. He used an interesting illustration in his book, Grace – More than we deserve, Greater than we imagine, that I would like to share here.

When grace happens, we receive not a nice compliment from God but a new heart. Give your heart to Christ, and he returns the favor. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you (Ezek. 36:26).

You might call it a spiritual heart transplant.

Tara Storch understands this miracle as much as anyone can. In the spring of 2010 a skiing accident took the life of her thirteen-year-old daughter, Taylor. What followed for Tara and her husband, Todd, was every parent’s worst nightmare: Citește în continuare „Spiritual heart transplant – Max Lucado”

Five Lies About Your Body

It does matter what perspective you have about your body. In history there have been many insights about the human body. It was seen as a prison of the soul, it was neglected, considered something secondary.
I remember the last centuries mystic monk who lived literally on a stand, punishing his body. When a worm fell off his skin, he took the worm, put it back, saying: Eat creature of God.
„Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God”, Jesus is saying. In Romanian „your mistake” is translated with „you get lost”. So, it’s easy to get lost. Just ignore the Bible and what God is sharing to you.
The Word places a great emphasis on the way we look at the body, the teachings are very clear and they can release some of the misconceptions we might have.
Jen Wilkin presents below five lies about our body, bringing them in the light of God.

Lie #1: Your body is decorative. It should be used to attract the attention of men and the envy of women. What matters most is how it looks.
Truth: Your body is useful. It should be used to accomplish the good works that God ordained for you to do. What matters most is what it does.

Lie #2: Your body’s appearance is flawed but fixable. You are not the right size, shape, or color. But you can (and should) go to enormous effort and expense to change that.
Truth: Your body’s appearance is designed by God. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, according to a plan. Because God is a God of infinite creativity, people come in many different sizes, shapes, and colors.

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To „reign over” in the Bible.

To „reign over” something is to have absolute authority and control over it. God has ultimate rule over the earth, and he exercises his authority with loving care. When God delegated some of his authority to the human race, he expected us to take responsibility for the environment and the other creatures that share our planet. We must not be careless and wasteful as we fulfill his charge. God was careful in how he made this earth. We must not be careless in how we take care of it.

‘Twitter Bible’ Converts Scripture into Mini Messages

The Christian Post reports that the Bible is now available in a new translation – Twitter. The German language book, actually titled „And God Decided to Chill,” summarizes the 31,000-verse Bible in fewer than 4,000 tweets. Each „verse” of this „Twitter Bible” is under 140 characters long, leading to some paraphrased verses. For instance, the Genesis account of God resting after creation reads, „Thank God! It’s Sunday!” Melanie Huber, portal manager of the Protestant Web sitewww.evangelisch.de, which launched the project, said about the initiative: „We want with this action to encourage a debate about the Bible and to simultaneously show the modern possibilities that exist to receive and make known the Word of God,” according to Ecumenical News International.

Căutându-L pe Dumnezeu.


De cate ori ai auzit crestini spunand (ori ai auzit cuvintele venind din propria gura), „acela sau acesta nu este crestin, dar este in cautare”? Este o afirmatie comuna printre crestini. Ideea este ca sunt oameni peste tot care-L cauta pe Dumnezeu. Problema lor este aceea ca inca nu au fost capabili sa-L gaseasca. El se joaca de-a v-ati ascunselea. El le scapa intotdeauna.

In gradina Edenului, cand pacatul a intrat in lume, cine s-a ascuns? Isus a venit in lume ca sa caute si sa mantuiasca pe cei pierduti. Nu Isus a fost Cel ce S-a ascuns. Dumnezeu nu este un fugar. Noi suntem cei pe fuga. Scriptura declara ca cei rai fug cand nimeni nu-i urmareste. Asa cum a remarcat si Martin Luther: „Cei necredinciosi tremura si la freamatul unei frunze. Invatatura uniforma a Scripturii este aceea ca oamenii cazuti fug de Dumnezeu. ” Citește în continuare „Căutându-L pe Dumnezeu.”