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About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Sunday, March 30, 2008
Berean-Stein Bares.
I never did like the Berenstain Bears. It was too repetitive, and they always made the father bear look like a fool. Not my kind of kids book.

But I do like the word play.

First, This looks to be a promising movie. Check out the extended trailer.

Second, how many times have you heard that the term "Christian" literally means "little Christ". I have heard that in too many sermons to count, and read it on too many places to remember. So I was a bit shocked this morning as I was looking at the Greek word Christianos and trying to see where and how this meant "little Christ".

After some checking, it seems that Martin Luther actually coined the phrase, and it is by no means a literal translation. The ending -ianos came into the Greek through the Latin practice of appending an -ianus to the name of someone that somebody else was following, in order to identify a follower. We do the same sort of thing today with endings such as -ite (Hodge-ite, Ryrie-ite, etc.). Thus the label "Christian" - which was originally derogatory - simply means someone who is devoted to Christ.

As one who has regurgitated (rather uncritically) this myth myself, I should like to take this opportunity to repent of it altogether.

Notwithstanding, we are called to imitate Christ in the sense that we ought to be obedient to the Holy Spirit just as Christ was; and I certainly think Luther was on the ball in describing it as being a "little Christ" - the error is in suggesting that this is the literal meaning - when it is really a figurative one.

Finally, if you are interested, Here is the sermon I preached today in two parts, Part 1, and part 2.


posted by Daniel @ 6:44 AM  
  • At 8:53 AM, March 30, 2008, Blogger Bryan said…

    I just finished the first part of NT Wright's two part commentary on Acts. In it he translates it as "Messiah people" and notes it was not their choice of a name; "The Way" was a name they had seemed to adopt on their own.

    I had known about the derogatory nature of the name before (as most names applied to groups are; ie. Methodist), but had never thought about any translation beside Christian. I kind of like "Messiah persons" better.

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