Nu vă apucați de teologie!


Perfectio in Spiritu

Teologia nu e un domeniu pentru leneși. Nici pentru proști. Îmi aduc aminte că eram abonat la corigență prin liceu, împreună cu vărul Marin. Eram excelenți amândoi la materiile umane, dar na, nu înțelegeam hieroglifele matematice. Și-aveam o profesoară ce vorovea o limbă ce o înțelegea doar ea. Și era pe fugă. N-avea rădburi pentru proști. Când a început, prin a 11 șpea combinațiile, eram amândoi fascinați că am înțeles, în sfârșit, materia inventată de păcătoșii babilonieni. Îi înțeleg acum pe evreii din robie că jinduiau să se întoarcă acasă, să cânte hore în templu. Too much matematics! Satisfacția noastră se pierdu în următoarea oră de combinații și permutări, când profa ne băgă în adâncuri, în Hadesul plin de flăcări ale matematicii, ce pârjolea neofiții, prostovanii ce nu știau nici sămăli. Suntem pierduți, ne-am zis! Să nu pierdem multa vreme, 5 ore pe săptămână, scriam poezii pe caietul cu pătrățele.

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By Alexandru Nădăban Posted in 2014

De ce am pierdut


Valeriu Nicolae

  1. Pentru ca nu am facut clara delimitarea dintre tehnocrat si functionarul politic lasat in urma de partidul-muma. Tehnocratii sunt cei care au venit in guvern cu experienta academica obtinuta la facultati adevarate si nu la fabricile de diplome a la Oprea. Sunt cei care au castigat experienta profesionala muncind pentru institutii respectabile, unde trebuie sa demonstrezi ca esti capabil, nu ca ai spatele potrivit. Cei care au avut succes nu pentru ca au adunat mortii la alegeri, l-au pupat in cur pe Nastase, Hrebenciuc, Blaga, Basescu  sau pentru ca au fost ei sau au avut rubedenii smechere sau securiste.

Zdrobitoarea majoritate a fostilor secretari de stat, secretari generali, secretari generali adjuncti, directori de servicii sunt in aceste pozitii de multi ani. Nu toti ( sunt cativa oameni foarte faini rataciti printre ei), dar marea lor majoritate merita cu prisosinta injuraturile adresate tehnocratilor de catre televiziunile aservite mafiotilor si sobolanilor politici…

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Domnul a votat


dyo

Nu s-au hotărât unele capete luminate din sânul acelei confesiuni creștine care zice că ar mai avea în clin și mânecă cu ideea de separare a Bisericii de Stat dacă Dumnezeu face politică sau nu, așa că până la rezoluția finală, până să ni se spună limpede, măcar cu aceeași precizie cu care ni se desface pe butucii hermeneuticilor rămase adesea la nivel de exprimare din vremea în care francezii prăvăleau pe ulițele Parisului căpățână după căpățână de cugetător apostat, întreaga taină a unor pietre teologico-filozofale eterne – între care strălucesc într-o deplină libertate a teologhisirii duhovnicești predestinarea, mântuirea prin turnare de plozi și materialul din care se confecționează acoperitoarea femeii –, cine-i bun, frate de-al nostru, cine-i drăcușor eligibil și ștampilabil creștinește la alegeri – că deh, puntea-i subțire iar apele învolburate, iar nouă nu ne dă ghes credința la a umbla pe ele precum se făcea odinioară –…

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Reconstructing American Political Community


Biblical option for America of not only for America?

Waging Wisdom

Creative Commons imageAmong the three main points of my previous post, my first since Donald Trump was elected, I argued that there will be no flourishing political community in America if we do not humbly seek God, praying to become “vessels of civility, grace, and hope – to everyone.” That very general statement needs some particulars, and the little phrase “to everyone” is a key.

As Timothy Sherratt (Gordon College) has said, America is a diverse society, and in it we struggle to give that diversity political expression: Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Progressive, and Green – to name just several. The problem is, we’ve stupidly turned our diversity into a house divided. We Christians are part of that problem because we take our cues from the world, so a big question we face is: how do we as Christians flex our political muscles in a way that – at this current time…

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By Alexandru Nădăban Posted in 2014

What You May Have Accidentally Done When You Voted For Trump


Racing for race or…

Zachary Helton

Dear Trump Voter,

I can’t say that I know why you voted for Trump, but I have a pretty good idea, and I get it. I’m not saying I voted for him, but I see that there are plenty of legitimate reasons to vote for Trump. Sure, he’s not the best role model, but you’re not really voting for him, you’re voting for the party. You’re voting for a conservative, Republican administration. You’re concerned about economics, foreign affairs, and the direction of the Supreme Court, and you think a Republican administration can do a better job. That is completely legitimate. That is democracy.

Now that the election is over, you kind of wish everyone could move on. I mean, we can all agree it’s been a particularly stressful election cycle. The Democratic candidate lost and you think everyone needs to move forward. You might even think your Democrat friends on…

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Don’t give Trump so much credit, America


A point of view from US:

Purpose on the Prairie

In less than 24 hours since Donald Trump has been named the President-elect of the greatest nation on this earth, it’s become apparent he’s being given far more credit than he’s due.  There’s anguished cries of, ‘How will my children grow up knowing not to discriminate?’ or, ‘How can I look my daughter in the eye and tell her she has purpose?’  Really?  Really, America?  You have given Donald Trump, a mere mortal man, far more credit than he deserves, especially considering the man hasn’t even taken office yet.  Trump does not have the power to mold our families, that is our flat-out our responsibility.

Your children will learn to love or hate, be respectful or disrespectful, wise or foolish, not by the character of the family in the White House, but by the family in their house.  May I submit to you that your sons and daughters will be…

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Now That Trump Has Been Elected: Three Difficult Tasks Facing American Christians


Un american despre țara sa.

Waging Wisdom

the better angels of our nature

Three Difficult Tasks Facing Christians

And just to be clear, I would have written the following even if Hillary had won.

(1) Drop the mocking spirit; instead, turn away anger.
Rising anger across in America – left and right, Democrat and Republican – has contributed to our country’s uncivil, graceless, and derisive political rhetoric. This has been normative during 2016 in the blogosphere and social media, on talk radio, in campaign ads, and even from our presidential candidates and many of their leading supporters.

Sadly, many Christians – to call out those in my own faith – have taken their rhetorical cues from these sources. I was on the receiving end of this earlier this year, when a Christian looked me in the face and said, “If you don’t vote for Trump, it’s a vote for the enemy,” after I told her I couldn’t vote for Trump. Well. I did…

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Iuga vs Iohannis – Baptistii romani intre penibil si ridicol


Persona

viorel-iuga

Avertizare: Aceasta postare nu este despre baptistii romani, ci despre liderii lor actuali. Eu am trait eclesial mai bine de douazeci de ani intre baptisti si va asigur ca intre ei sunt o multime de oameni decenti si vrednici de respect. Unii dintre ei chiar mi-au ramas buni prieteni si dupa plecarea, din pricini strict teologice, din aceasta confesiune. Cred ca niciodata baptistii in special, si evanghelicii in general, nu au avut intre ei mai multi oameni educati si cu inalte competente intelectuale si profesionale. Din pacate, asfel de persoane sunt mai deegraba marginalizate in biserici si, din aceasta pricina, prea putin active in alegerea liderilor. Iar rezultatul il vedem acum. Mare pacat! Poate, totusi, invatam ceva de aici.

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Ziua de astazi a prilejuit un dialog indirect intre Viorel Iuga, presedintele baptistilor romani, dar si al Aliantei Evanghelice, si Klaus Iohannis, presedintele Romaniei, un dialog din…

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Ce se poate înțelege din discursul pastorului Viorel Iuga


Cu drezina

(sursa) (sursa)

În mesajul public al pastorului Viorel Iuga sunt câteva probleme care merită luate în discuție. În primul rând, este foarte greu de stabilit în numele cui vorbește președintele Cultului Baptist. Dacă vorbește doar în numele acestei organizații, atunci, din punct de vedere tehnic, reprezintă o minoritate religioasă aproape neglijabilă pentru termenii categorici în care e formulat mesajul. Într-adevăr, s-a dovedit că evanghelicii se pot mobiliza ca să devină vizibili, dar nu și ca să devină decisivi pentru o decizie politică în România. N-aș exclude cu totul o astfel de posibilitate, dar deocamdată nu avem vreun precedent.

În orice caz, chiar dacă s-ar limita să vorbească în numele cultului pe care-l conduce dumnealui, cunosc suficient de mulți baptiști care nici plătiți nu s-ar prezenta la urne, iar de votat (cei care vor să voteze), adesea votează așa cum îi taie capul sau le dictează inima. Și cred că e…

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Is Donald Trump Merely Lending His Name to “America”?


Waging Wisdom

Donald Trump & White HouseHaving recently returned from three weeks in England, I can tell you it was a relief not to be Trump-blitzed everyday by the media. But I’ll also tell you this. When conversation in my home-away-from-home turned to American politics, as it frequently did, not one person I spoke to – and I was with many different kinds of people in varied contexts and cities – was a fan of the Trumpster.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should add that most had concluded that Hillary Clinton was no great catch either. And among some that I met, I heard a wryly spoken running joke: “Until June, we used to take pride in not being as divided as America. But now we have Brexit.” Welcome to the club, I’d reply. You guys import too much stuff from America! Misery loves company.

Anyway, I’m back home and again running for cover…

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Parole – fanatism


dyo

Contrar aparențelor și presupunerilor pripite, de suprafață, fanatismul religios își trage în principal seva nu din nezdruncinate convingeri cu privire la ordinea celor sfinte, ci din pofte nepotolite care se războiesc în măruntaiele omului. Setea de putere, foamea după relevanță, iubirea de bani și de plăceri. Mirajul prosperității, cele șaptezeci și două de fecioare care îl așteaptă pe credincios în rai, veșnică sănătate, moartea dușmanilor. Unor lucruri ca acestea li se adaugă un alt ingredient esențial: proximitatea întâlnirii lor, acel acum și aici existențial care ucide orice speranță cu privire la eternitate sub tăvălugul certitudinilor zilei. Fanaticul trăiește în toată grozăvia lui un acum continuu al dorinței; cohorta de vise în care își botează proiectul său de viață îl obligă la acțiune imediată, asta pentru că îi este imposibil oricărui astfel de proiect să suporte amânarea împlinirii. Fanaticul este vierul care nu mai are răbdare și culcă smochinul neroditor la…

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A Christian View of Not Voting for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump


Oare la noi nu e tot așa?

Waging Wisdom

choices coffee mugsSeveral times over the past few months I’ve tried to explain to people I’ve run into why I’m not voting for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the November presidential election. Mostly, I’ve been bumbling through the explanations, still trying to get a good handle on my position. But recently when I tried it out I thought, okay, that’s nailed it. So, heart on sleeve, here it is. It’s pretty simple, actually. Here’s my story

When the Democratic and Republican conventions took place in July, I watched all 12 hours over the four nights of each of them that were shown on PBS-TV. And I approached them as a professional researcher – as someone who knows what his own biases and beliefs are but who has been trained to know how to set those aside as far as possible to listen as objectively as possible – for the sake of…

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Donald Trump is Wrong about the Founding of ISIS


Waging Wisdom

the White HouseMost people had forgotten all about it, but Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump recently revived a comment he had made in January, stating that President Obama was the founder of ISIS. “President Obama. He’s the founder of ISIS,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Florida on August 10. Apparently he did not want anyone to mistake his point, for he immediately added: “He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder. He founded ISIS.” Then he added: “I would say that the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.”

Asked about his comment in interviews the next day, Trump did not back down. To conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt, who seemed to be fishing around with Trump to try to find a way to soften Trump’s language, Trump said, “No. I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do. I don’t care. He was the founder.” It seems a…

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“I Have a Vision,” John Peck


Viziunea lui John Peck cu privire la biserică

Waging Wisdom

John Peck at his deskSomeone has said that a sunset on earth is a sunrise in heaven. Last week the Rev. John Peck passed away peacefully in his sleep, three days into his 92nd year. A godly, noble man who overflowed with wisdom. A true mensch. A dear friend. I knew John closely for thirty-three years and we collaborated on a number of projects. Since receiving news of his death I have been thinking: how strange it will be not to have this unique outlier in the world with us.

John, who has been called “The Least Known Best Theologian in the World,”* had an exceptional passion for the church. It would be hard to top his lovely and concise picture of a healthy church. It has been printed and framed and hangs on the wall of pastors’ offices. Part of John’s enduring legacy is being experienced today in churches who have taken his…

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To Boldly Go: anti-Trump Republicans speak up


Waging Wisdom

Crative Commons image“[T]here are certain standards more important than one year’s election. There are certain codes that if you betray them, you suffer something much worse than a political defeat. Donald Trump is an affront to basic standards of honesty, virtue and citizenship. He pollutes the atmosphere in which our children are raised. He has already shredded the unspoken rules of political civility that make conversation possible. In his savage regime, public life is just a dog-eat-dog war of all against all.”

That’s conservative Republican David Brooks in his New York Times editorial “No, Not Trump, Not Ever.” The widely-respected columnist and a commentator for NPR, who also teaches at Yale, is challenging Republican politics even if it costs him some readers.

“[Reinhold] Niebuhr always said politics is the art of making choices between relative goods and lesser evils. [When they hear me say that, people say], ‘Oh I hadn’t thought of…

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“Politics”: Noah Webster v. Ambrose Bierce


Waging Wisdom

Webster's DictionaryIn a song by Sting, one of the world’s more intelligent singer-songwriters, he admits that he’s lost his lost faith in politicians because “they all seem like game show hosts to me.” It aptly expressed a sentiment held by many people twenty years ago, when “If Ever I Lose My Faith in You” was first popular. Here in the States today, presidential game-show politics has devolved into reality TV, with all of its scripted drama and adversity. Responsible citizens can only cry or laugh. Having cried, I suppose that’s why I posted Daffy Duck’s run for the presidency recently. The short cartoon made me laugh when I discovered it, quite by accident, on youtube.

Still, crying is what’s needed today. By a stroke of good fortune, I own of a massive tome, the 1919 edition of Webster’s New International Dictionary (with Reference History), which I rely on…

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“HELP! HELP! I’m being repressed! Come and see the violence inherent in the system!”


Grateful to the dead

. . . so said “Dennis the peasant” in Monty Python’s Holy Grail movie.

Poor Arthur. He was only trying to be civil. But the peasant was so annoying!

[many thanks to the “anonymous fan” who transcribed the script from which the following is excerpted] . . .

  ARTHUR:  We're all Britons and I am your king.
  WOMAN:  I didn't know we had a king.  I thought we were an autonomous
      collective.
  DENNIS:  You're fooling yourself.  We're living in a dictatorship.
      A self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working classes--
  WOMAN:  Oh there you go, bringing class into it again.
  DENNIS:  That's what it's all about if only people would--
  ARTHUR:  Please, please good people.  I am in haste.

Throughout Dennis the Peasant’s ensuing harangue, King Arthur becomes more and more visibly agitated–until he can stand it no longer and picks up the dirty peasant by the scruff of…

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Faith Seeking Wisdom: A Prophetic Approach to Our Time


Waging Wisdom

child reading a BibleThe title of this post refers to a sermon I preached last December to the hospitable Evangelical congregation of Trinity Community Church. I was quite nervous in the pulpit because I knew it would not be the kind of Evangelical preaching that most Evangelicals would be accustomed to hearing on a Sunday morning. I would not be talking theology. Instead, I had felt compelled to share some challenging biblical insights and personal experiences to indicate ways in which good citizens of all faiths, or no faith at all, have a responsibility to work toward ending “the logic of violence” in this country and replacing it with the peaceable wisdom of God.

As I say, I was nervous and misspoke a few times as a result, such as when I used the word “church” but meant “mosque,” though the congregation understood what was meant. I was also nervous because I was…

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The Unforgivable World


Charles Strohmer on PC in US. PC is also imported in Romania. We resist, but several times on wrong grounds. Romanians, what do you think?

Waging Wisdom

Cross on vestThe politically correct (PC) world is organized around the principle that anything and everything is acceptable and everyone must accept that. In short, the PC world seeks to create a world in which there are no offenses (what the Bible calls sins). A huge bureaucratic hierarchy promotes and supports this goal across the spectrum of law-making – socially, economically, educationally, and politically. It is not possible, however, to create a world of no offenses through law.

The effort to try to purge human hearts from offending others through law cannot eliminate their alienating tendencies. The effort will in fact exacerbate those destructive tendencies, which are already implicated in the rising sectarian, adversarial, and conflicted relationships that exist between groups in our time. That a peaceful world could be created by that means is a project doomed to failure.

Offenses, when they arise, must be forgiven: “If you forgive men when…

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