This is both an update and a request I am planning to begin a series of posts on the Apostolic Church and as of yet I have not narrowed down/exhausted the possible subjects which these posts should cover (i.e. worship, discipleship, evangelism, apologetics, etc.). I would appreciate comments informing me which topics you feel to be the most pertinent to this series. Feel free to list as many topics as you can think of, the more exhaustive the list the better. As you comment, I will add your topics to the list below and will begin researching and writing on these various subjects.
In addition, I will be adding an Exegetical Digest on Galatians 5:16-26 to the Resources page, so if you enjoy Greek be sure and check that out. Once I begin this series on the Apostolic Church I hope to begin posting with a greater frequency, as well as adding more resources to this site, the first of which will be numerous articles dealing with apologetics and several book reviews. Until then I look forward to your comments on this post.
Topics to be covered:
- Bible Study
- Discipleship and Evangelism
- Church Membership
- Fellowship and Community
- The Gospel
Dude, hit up the Church membership issue first.
Why first? And give me some more topics to cover :)
I must say, sir, this is a very handsome site. Slick.
At any rate, I’m responding to your comment on my blog. Your question was whether I could provide any good resources explaining the differences between pre- and post-Vatican II theology. However, I think it important to note that there are not two different theologies between these two times. The Church’s theology has always in essence been the same, because it has the unchanging God as its object, subject and inspiration. What has changed is our approach in communicating this theology, which the Church has always done in order to express these unchanging truths to an ever changing world.
This in mind, I suggest reading Pope Benedict’s new book, Jesus of Nazareth. He does well to illustrate the timelessness of our Christian faith, but about the necessity of presenting it in a way that will resonate with today’s man. You will also notice that not only are the truths of today the truths of yesterday, but also the problems today were the problems of yesterday.
It may certainly seem, when you listen to some, like two different Churches before and after the council. Yet what changed was the pastoral approach. This has been misunderstood by “Traditionalist” and “Novus Ordo” Catholics alike.
I’m afraid I’m cluttering your combox; I’d love to talk more about it. Just shoot me an email.