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Brian Zahnd
Pastor of Word of Life Church. Author of Postcards From Babylon, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, Water To Wine, A Farewell To Mars, etc.
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Brian Zahnd 5h
Moksha* is a fundamentally different eschatological hope than New Creation. * I should add that I am more familiar with the Hindu concept of moksha than the Buddhist concept.
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Brian Zahnd 6h
Replying to @michaelgungor
Hello, Michael. I’m not pitting Christ *against* Buddha. When I say I respect Buddhism I’m speaking in good faith. But I am pointing out that Christ and Buddha do view the human telos in fundamentally different ways. I’m just an incorrigible Christian. 😎 Peace to you.
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Brian Zahnd 9h
Replying to @brianjeansonne
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Brian Zahnd 11h
George Harrison was not the best Beatle. George Harrison had the best solo album of any Beatle. All Things Must Pass is better than any of the other solo albums. And in my mind, it's is better than any Beatles' *album*. Oh, yeah!
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Brian Zahnd 12h
Replying to @BrianZahnd
Through the sacrament of Communion we partake of the body and blood of Jesus that we as the church might be the flesh and blood presence of Jesus in the world. 4/4
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Brian Zahnd 12h
Replying to @BrianZahnd
The body of Christ is three things: The physical body of Jesus that was crucified and raised, the ecclesial body of Christ that is the church, and the Eucharistic body of Christ that is Communion — and they are all mysteriously connected. 3/4
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Brian Zahnd 12h
Replying to @BrianZahnd
In the upper room Jesus also gives his church the sacrament of Communion — the means by which we participate in the body and blood of Jesus. 2/4
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Brian Zahnd 12h
On Maundy (mandate) Thursday Jesus gave his disciples a new and supreme mandate—that we love one another. And Jesus stresses that his kingdom is not to be characterized by power-grabbing, but by co-suffering love. 1/4
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Brian Zahnd 14h
LENT Day 44: Maundy Thursday, April 18 | Luke 22:7–30 | Jesus and the Last Supper On Maundy (or mandate) Thursday Jesus gives his disciples a new and supreme mandate — that we love one…
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Brian Zahnd 23h
Replying to @BobbyGarbett
I’m not pretending. It’s a roadblock. I’m making an argument.
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Brian Zahnd 24h
Replying to @JKellicut
I know them. But this is about Buddhism. 😎 According to C.S. Lewis Buddhism is to Hinduism what Islam in to Christianity—a radical simplification. I see that.
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Brian Zahnd Apr 17
Replying to @BrianZahnd
Life is not suffering. Life is a gift that includes suffering. Our eschatological hope is not to be detached from the world (desire), but to see the world redeemed. We cannot escape suffering; but our suffering can be redeemed through the sufferings of Christ. Jesus is the Way
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Brian Zahnd Apr 17
I’ve been to Sarnath in India where Siddhartha Guatama first preached his Four Noble Truths to his disciples. I’ve thought deeply on the Buddha’s insights. I sincerely respect Buddhism. If there is no God, Buddhism is probably your best option. But I believe in Jesus Christ...
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Brian Zahnd Apr 17
Replying to @fergbreen
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Brian Zahnd Apr 17
Working on that Easter Sermon. @ Word of Life Church
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Brian Zahnd Apr 17
Replying to @RyanAtValidity
Fifteen yard penalty.
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Brian Zahnd Apr 17
Replying to @BrianZahnd
“Without the Holy Spirit God is far off, Christ is in the past, the gospel is dead letter, the Church is only an organization, authority is domination, mission is propaganda, worship is mere mouthing of words, and Christian action is slave morality.” -Ignatius IV
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Brian Zahnd Apr 17
“The Holy Spirit is personally the New Creation at work in the world.” -Ignatius IV, Patriarch of Antioch (1920-2012)
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Brian Zahnd Apr 17
Replying to @dustinkensrue
Yes. But they are sufficient to identify the Christ who calls us to follow him into a life of co-suffering love. The Creeds don’t replace the message of Christ, but define the Messenger.
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Brian Zahnd Apr 17
The Creeds are not sufficient for us to live a Christlike life; but they are sufficient for us to identify who Christ is. Christ calls us to a life defined by love of God and love of neighbor; the Creeds enable us to agree on who this Christ is.
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