Not Using the Talent is a Grievous Sin

My text for Sunday is Matthew 25:14-30, variously called the parable of the talents or the parable of the coins or the parable of the gold… something like that. Reading Barth again, I happened on a passage in I.2 where he refers to this parable. He uses this parable as an illustration of the ChurchContinue reading “Not Using the Talent is a Grievous Sin”

Look! A Sentence I Understood in Barth!

I am almost through the second volume of Church Dogmatics. Every once in awhile I find something I actually understand! “The proclamation of the Church is pure doctrine when the human word spoken in it in confirmation of the bliblical witness to revelation offers and creates obedience to the Word of God.” Okay, I willContinue reading “Look! A Sentence I Understood in Barth!”

The Power of the Word and the Scriptures

I am picking up Barth again, slogging through the second volume (which is actually 1.2). The power of the Word and the Scriptures is key for Barth. The section I am currently working through is incredibly exciting. (No, really. It is.) The Church is not merely a human institution. This is not “a human polity,Continue reading “The Power of the Word and the Scriptures”

The Double-Edged Sword of Updating Confessions

Confessions of faith are vital for a church. Barth’s position is that all confessions arise out of conflict. This is true. The Nicene Confession arose out of conflict over the deity and humanity of Christ. Confessions, in Barth’s view, come into a need for revision from time to time because of conflict. Controversies arise andContinue reading “The Double-Edged Sword of Updating Confessions”

No love lost for liberalism

Theologically speaking, Barth had no love lost for liberalism. The emptiness of liberal theology is what drove him back to the Word in the first place. He spares no feeling for the failure of the Church to proclaim the Word of God. The catastrophic crash of orthodoxy in the 18th century, the consequences of whichContinue reading “No love lost for liberalism”