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Clement on Romans 8:38 & 39

It is inevitable, then, that those who confess themselves to belong to Christ, but find themselves in the midst of the devil’s works, suffer the most hostile treatment. For it is written, ‘ Lest he deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officers of Satan’s kingdom.’ [Luke 11:17-19] ‘For I am persuaded that neither death,’ through the assault of persecutors, ‘ nor life’ in this world, ‘nor angels.’ the apostate ones, ‘nor powers’ (and Satan’s powers is the life which he chose, for such are the powers and principalities of darkness belonging to him), ‘nor things present,’ amid which we exist during the time of life, as the hope entertained by the soldier and the merchant’s gain, ‘nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,’ in consequence of the energy proper to a man,— opposes the faith of him who acts according to free choice. ‘Creature’ is is synonymous with activity, being our work, and such activity ‘shall not be able to separate us from the the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our LORD. [Romans 8:38, 39]

-Clement of Alexandria, The Carpets [Stromata], Book 5, Chapter 14

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The Moderately Progressive Biblioblogger’s Conference

[Content Note: the author cites the late John Howard Yoder who victimized a number of his students who were women, – signed the author 12/26/17]

Yesterday, Chad, Kurk Gayle, and I sat down for coffee (for me, it was iced black tea since Starbuck’s ran out of green tea yesterday–I’m serious) and a good conversation about life at Texas Christian University, church, and family.

One of the topics that came up was my personal history of blogging, how my blogging style has changed, etc, from Hope and Theology blog to Echomen Elpida to Black Libertarian Theology blog to now, Political Jesus. Why Political Jesus? The name is inspired by theologian John Howard Yoder’s The Politics Of Jesus, a book I hope to someday go back and read over and over again.

The other idea that came up was the subversiveness of Jesus’s parables. Jesus took stories that his crowds were familiar with, and gave them a twist. It was a shock factor that made his parables and ministry quite controversial.  I mean, just think about the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Would a second century Jewish father run to hug his disgraced son? One has to wonder.

After the meeting and much reflection, really, shouldn’t Christians do as Jesus do with their lives? Shouldn’t they recite narratives that are all too familiar to their culture, and but with a Gospel twist? Is not this what Christian witness is all about?