Tag: unity

Gregory, Rebel in the Ranks

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #28: Sola Scriptura and Christian Unity

Is the Protestant principle of sola scriptura antithetical to Christian unity? That’s the argument of Catholic historian Brad Gregory, in his newest book: “Though it liberated evangelicals from the Roman Church, [“scripture alone”] also plunged them into the beginning of an unwanted Protestant pluralism. What lay behind these church-dividing disagreements was the very thing that had launched the…

Icon of Peter and Paul from Patmos

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #21: A Peaceable Spirit

It’s one of the four instincts that we think defines the Pietist ethos: to trust that Christians are better together than apart. Around Bethel, it shows up as an “irenic [or peaceable] spirit” that leads us to avoid needless controversy and try to reach decisions by consensus; in the Evangelical Covenant Church, it results in our affirmation of having…

One Christ: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 26 January 2014

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 26 January 2014 (Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C) Isaiah 9:1-4  • Psalm 27:1, 4-9  • 1 Corinthians 1:10-18  • Matthew 4:12-23 I’ll go ahead and lead with a confession: I’m no better, sometimes, than the conveniently inconsistent stereotype.  I too call for church unity just as loudly as everyone else does, except where my…