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Repent

18July2011

This blog is called the Castle Church Door for a reason.  We hope it will be a place for conversation, dialog, and debate.  A place where friends and fellow pilgrims can have healthy debate with one another about church, faith, and as Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “life together.”

The first three of Dr. Luther’s 95 Theses spoke of repentance.  I realize not everyone who comes here is a theologian or a Luther Scholar – so allow me to share those first 3 theses with you.

1. When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said “Repent,” He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.

2. The word cannot be properly understood as referring to the sacrament of penance, i.e. confession and satisfaction, as administered by the clergy.

3. Yet its meaning is not restricted to repentance in one’s heart; for such repentance is null unless it produces outward signs in various mortifications of the flesh.

The idea of repentance is a tough thing for most of us.  The reality of repentance is KEY for all of us.  Our parish does a retreat program born out of the Roman Catholic tradition called, “Christ Renews His Parish.”  The Pastor is responsible for the reflection on Reconciliation or Repentance.  I have come to believe as I have given this talk twice a year over the last few years that the three most powerful words in the world are not I love you but I forgive you.

Last week I wrote of the intersection of Who we are and Whose we are being Holy Ground.  It’s on that Holy Ground that shoes come off, faces are turned aside, and reconciliation happens.   It is my hope that in the midst of the discussions around this page that we can be at the intersection of Who and Whose.

That being said, as the one who first came up with the idea of this place, as one who has invited colleagues to take time out of their days to be vulnerable and share their thoughts and ideas I must use some of my Cartmanesque AUTHORITAH. 

Last week a very inflammatory comment was left on this board.  It was NOT approved because it was:

a} Not germain to the topic

b} Inflammatory

c} Inarticulate

d} Lacking in Biblical understanding

e} Theologically bankrupt

f} Anonymous

My friends and colleagues are not posting anonymously and deserve better than anonymous comments that are inflammatory and inaccurate – We invite you to join the discussion, we invite you to disagree, we invite you to argue – but if we are to be a true Castle Church Door – we post in daylight not in the shadows.  For the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it – in the light we see Who and Whose we are and we experience repentance and reconciliation.  Thanks be to God.

In Christ

DWB@CCD

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 18July2011 09:36

    Thank you for modeling here what is vital in all the places that we live in “life together.” Anonymous comments leave us in a hostage situation: we cannot address the person’s concerns because we do not know who they are or how to reach them; they are cowardly and we cannot promote cowardice in the life of faith; they resolve nothing because it’s like a jab in the gut with no idea where it came from. We don’t have to agree on everything but we do have to maintain respect, integrity, and as you said, bring things into the light so they can be seen and dealt with. To fail to do so is to allow someone to hijack the community. So thanks for standing firm about healthy communication.

    acl

  2. 18July2011 17:16

    Great post Keith. I am doing a teaching on discipleship tomorrow night and will probably use some of this. I had forgotten that “repentance” was at the top of the list.

    • Katie Suggitt permalink
      19July2011 10:59

      Great post – but it wasn’t Keith! 🙂 That was a Dave Brobston original!!!

      KMS @ CCD

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