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This Driscoll thread is KILLING ME 😂😂😂

"Driscoll is like John Piper with less thinking and more bench presses." -Jay LaNunziata

Inside Mark Driscoll’s disturbed mind


A nice compilation of all of the horrendous reasons Mark Driscoll needs to just stop. Please. Pretty please.

Cheapskate on number 31.

Judas, having communed that last evening on that final night, left hastily as all the others were still reclining. Here these also are in imitation of him, who leave before the final blessing! If he had not gone, then he would not have made the betrayal; if he did not leave his co-disciples, then he would not have perished; if he had not removed himself from the flock, then the wolf would not have seized and devoured him alone; if he had separated himself from the Pastor, then he would not have made himself the prey of wild beasts. Wherefore he (Judas) was with the Jews, and those (the apostles) went out with the Lord. Dost thou see, by what manner the final prayer after the offering of the sacrifice is accomplished? We should, beloved, stand forth for this, we should ponder this, fearful of the coming judgement for this. We should approach the Holy Sacrifice with great decorum, with proper piety, so as to merit us more of God’s benevolence, to cleanse one’s soul and to receive eternal blessings, of which may we all be worthy by the grace and love for mankind of our Lord Jesus Christ, to Whom with the Father, together with the Holy Spirit, be glory, power, and worship now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

- Saint John Chrysostom

1, 3, 4, 7, 31, 34

1. What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?

I’d have to say Sirach, because it has so much beautiful wisdom

3. Who is your Christian role-model?

This changes, and really I have a lot, but my biggest at the moment is either Saint Benedict (his Rule is wonderful, and so is his Order’s motto - Ora et Labora; Prayer and Work), or Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov (The Arena is powerful).

4. Who is your favorite Bible character?

The Archangel Michael

7. Favorite well-known Bible story?

When the Archangel Michael appears to Joshua (Josh. 5:13-15)

31. Who, on tumblr, inspires your walk with Christ the most?

Too many to list

34. What is the best thing someone has done to encourage you spiritually?

My spiritual father has given me some great advice, and has been hard on me when that was what I needed.

35 Christian Questions (I would love to answer any of these from an Eastern Orthodox perspective)

  • 1: What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?
  • 2: Tell of a past event that has influenced your faith the most.
  • 3: Who is your Christian role-model?
  • 4: Who is your favorite Bible character?
  • 5: What is your favorite Bible name?
  • 6: If you were to participate in short-term mission trip, where would you like to go?
  • 7: Favorite well-known Bible story?
  • 8: Would you rather be shot for your faith (and die) or be tortured and live to tell of the experience?
  • 9: What are your top three worship songs?
  • 10: Your top three favorite Christian contemporary songs?
  • 11: Are you a Proverbs 31 woman or a Job 29 man?
  • 12: Who is your favorite current Christian speaker? (ex: Francis Chan, Beth Moore, etc.)
  • 13: What is your favorite time of day to read the Bible?
  • 14: In what ways has God blessed you recently?
  • 15: Have you ever witnessed to someone? If so, would you do it again?
  • 16: What is a prayer of yours that God has answered recently?
  • 17: What do you feel God is really teaching you right now?
  • 18: Any Fruit of the Spirit you know you could work on?
  • 19: Do you enjoy going to church?
  • 20: Which do you prefer; daily devotions or a daily Bible passage?
  • 21: Ever read the Bible straight through?
  • 22: What are some chapters in the Bible that you recommend to beginner Bible readers?
  • 23: What are some chapters in the Bible that you recommend period?
  • 24: When's the last time you went to church?
  • 25: What is your favorite Christian holiday and why?
  • 26: Favorite verse?
  • 27: Name your top three favorite Christian bands, from any Christian genres.
  • 28: Do you call Him the Holy Spirit or the Holy Ghost?
  • 29: In the Lord's Prayer, do you say "forgive us our sins", "forgive us our debts", or "forgive us our transgressions"?
  • 30: What is your favorite Bible Study/Sunday School moment?
  • 31: Who, on tumblr, inspires your walk with Christ the most?
  • 32: If you have one, what is the date of your rebirthday? (or anniversary of becoming a Christian)
  • 33: Would you rather die and go to heaven or be on earth when Jesus comes again?
  • 34: What is the best thing someone has done to encourage you spiritually?
  • 35: Old-fashioned church services or contemporary church services?

"We don’t oppose abortion and same-sex marriage because they happen to offend our arbitrary beliefs that we hold as Catholics, but because they are wrong, period. Full stop." er, you wanna elaborate on that? Don't we believe that it is wrong bc we are Catholics? I don't see many atheists concerned about same-sex marriage. I can't think of an objection that doesn't presuppose, or rely on, a fact that is based in religious convictions. like "marriage is for reproduction" or "a sacrament".



In the context of religious freedom arguments, the bishops often skip the truth claims behind Catholic beliefs on those subjects.  Instead of pointing out their root in natural law, things too often devolve into falling into a fideistic trap, wherein the mere holding of those beliefs grants them legitimacy.  They become arbitrary because these religious freedom arguments, by definition, treat them as such. 

Too often, this becomes “Hey, leave us Catholics and our crazy views alone”, instead of “Here’s why we are right about this”.

I mean, notice how this entire religious freedom fight has largely been about contraception.  How many bishops have used that as an opportunity to catechize the faithful on why we believe contraception is wrong?

Pretty much none.

In short, natural law.

Pope Francis’ Top 10 List for Happiness


Nothing about God or His Church, of course, because who are we even kidding anymore?

"because who are we even kidding anymore?" Bingo.

In the interview, the Pope also reiterated the Church grows by attraction, not proselytizing.”The worst thing you can dis is religious proselytizing, which paralyzes,” he said.

Tell that to John the Baptist, the Apostles, St Paul and his fellow missionaries, St Patrick, St Augustine of Canterbury, Sts Cyril and Methodius, and countless other missionary saints. Give me a break.

Calvo [the interviewer] noted in the article that Francis almost never mentioned God in the 77-minute conversation.

"He only mentioned his name on three occasions, two for the appeal to protect nature and one on reading in a loud voice the title of my book on San Lorenzo de Almagro [an Argentine soccer team]: God Is a Raven,” Calvo said. “The word that Jorge Bergoglio invoked most these days is ‘peace.’”

No but Francis is totes the best pope ever u guys

What kind of bible is that?

RSV Catholic Edition

Can you tell us which icons you have as well as what book that is?

Top row: Theotokos, Quick to Hear; Christ, the Great High Priest

Bottom row: Bible; Isaac the Syrian; Ladder of Divine Ascent; Resurrection of Christ

Some people have an icon corner; I have an icon rocking chair

Some people have an icon corner; I have an icon rocking chair

In Orthodoxy, no one doctrine conflicts with, overrules or negates any other doctrine.

For example: we may be discussing the hows, whys or wherefors of spiritual ascesis (prayer, fasting, spiritual reading & etc…), but that does not automatically mean that the Church does not believe or teach that spiritual ascesis is done without the Grace of God.

We may speak of true Anthropology, but that in no way negates Christology. We may speak of the Divine Essence & Divine Energies, but that does not automatically mean that we conceive of God as not being “personal” or in relationship with His Children.

We may speak of repentance, humility, Confession, particular judgment, Final judgment & hell, but this does not negate “God is a good God who lovest mankind.”

Bad anthropology means bad Christology means bad Eschatologoy means bad….bad…bad…until little errors become heinous heresy.

We are not Westerners which has systematized theology into discrete & concrete “chunks” of theology as if those “chunks” have no bearing on the rest of theology.

No, we are Eastern Orthodox & our theology remains a dogmatic & integrated whole…the Truth which is nothing & no one else other than God—Father, Son & Holy Spirit—who has revealed, is revealing & will continue to reveal Himself to us.

- Rhonda Dodson

The veneration of icons is an integral part of Orthodoxy, from which it cannot be separated. That the veneration of icons appears to some people to be the same as idolatry is no proof against icons. To the Jews it seemed that Christ worked miracles by the power of Satan and not God, and to the Romans it seemed that the Christian martyrs were ordinary sorcerers and magicians. St. Nicephorus said to Leo the Armenian, the iconoclastic emperor: “An icon is a divine thing, but not to be worshiped.” Then he explained how God commanded Moses to make a serpent of brass and to raise it in the wilderness, even though just before this He had commanded: Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image (Exodus 20:4). The latter He commanded in order to save the chosen people from the idolatry of the Egyptians, and He commanded the former that He, the One and Most-high God, might manifest His power through a visible thing. In the same manner He manifests His power through icons. This is His holy will and our aid for salvation. If icons are things of little significance or even idolatry, why would many of the holiest and most spiritual men and women in the history of the Church have suffered to the death for icons?

- From the Prologue of Ochrid by St Nikolai Velimirovich.

A young husband should say to his bride: ‘I have taken you in my arms, and I love you, and I prefer you to my life itself. For the present life is nothing, and my most ardent dream is to spend it with you in such a way that we may be assured of not being separated in the life reserved for us.’


 St. John Chrysostom (via my-scattered-light)

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