10.28.23 EChurch@Wartburg Kristin Du Mez: Why I’m Still a Christian

Book of Common Prayer: In the Morning link

This is another day, O Lord.  I know not what it will bring forth,
but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be.
If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely.
If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly.
If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently.
And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.
Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus.

Prayer of St Benedict link

O gracious and holy Father,
Give us wisdom to perceive you,
intelligence to understand you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to see you,
a heart to meditate on you,
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer of St Francis of Assisi link

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so
much seek to be consoled, as to console,
not so much to be understood, as to
understand, not so much to be loved, as
to love; for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Benediction: St Patrick link

May the strength of God pilot us;
May the wisdom of God instruct us,
May the hand of God protect us,
May the word of God direct us.
Be always ours this day and forevermore.


10.28.23 EChurch@Wartburg Kristin Du Mez: Why I’m Still a Christian — 7 Comments

  1. Ava Aaronson: Common thread. And TWW community has definitely played a part. Ever grateful.

    We are definitely a motley bunch here at TWW, and that’s a good thing.
    We have many more commonalities than differences, which is why (i guess), we the regular denizens of TWW, keep coming back.
    I’m grateful too.

  2. Thank you, Dee.

    The bit at ~ 4:15f, about encountering “awful” christians and also much more decent people who were not of Christian faith, has for me a bit of the feel of Paul’s critique of his co-religionists in Romans 2. Perhaps in our day. forms of visible Divine judgment may be poured out first on the churches, and then afterward on those outside.

    LOL 9:15f “certainly we have our flaws, … and we have a theology to explain our flaws”

    That’s useful! I suspect that Reformed traditions will outlast many other threads in the (small “e”) evangelical tapestry.

    ~23:00 the thought occurs that “tasted way better than I expected” differs subtly from “tasted good”.

    31:15f — “in the counsel of many there is safety”. One could make an argument that these kinds of respectful disagreements are useful among the various traditions as well as among individuals within traditions.


    I found this helpful; thank you, Dee.

     I hope that the influence, in and on the churches, of scholars like Prof. De Mez will increase.

    May God strengthen and comfort you, your Mom and your family in the midst of the present sorrows.

  3. Why I’m Still a Christian

    To a couple guys I know (and a lot on this blog) that alone is a Miracle.

  4. Just saw ‘Happy Shiny People’ on Netflix about the Duggars and the cult they belonged to and about Kristen du Mez’ work in exposing that cult.

    I highly recommend for all post-evangelical folks to see the influence of Patriarchy cult teachings that were taken up by many SBC faith groups . . . frightening stories of abuse of girls and women . . . apparently the behaviors of Josh Duggar were not a one-off, and the ways abuses were ‘covered up’ are explored in depth

    it was an education, but it is a shocking and sad presentation indeed of something profoundly anti-Christian . . . no wonder SBC still is haunted by abuses and cover ups