Consider 95 Theses Friday postponed yet again

I’ve been negative enough this week.  Next week I’ll get back on schedule with some words on the subject of pre-Millenialist eschatology, Dispensationalism, and the idolatry that reduces Scripture into a code book, and the Gospel into an Oracle for predicting when and how your enemies will be smitten by God.  But right now, I think I’ve spent enough time being angry.

Instead, since I failed to properly commemorate the feast day of my favorite saint, I simply point you to the writings of Saint Patrick, the man who brought the Word and the Light to Ireland, and did it without anyone having to suffer the red martyrdom.

For there is no other God, nor ever was before, nor shall be hereafter, but God the Father, unbegotten and without beginning, in whom all things began, whose are all things, as we have been taught; and his son Jesus Christ, who manifestly always existed with the Father, before the beginning of time in the spirit with the Father, indescribably begotten before all things, and all things visible and invisible were made by him. He was made man, conquered death and was received into Heaven, to the Father who gave him all power over every name in Heaven and on Earth and in Hell, so that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and God, in whom we believe. And we look to his imminent coming again, the judge of the living and the dead, who will render to each according to his deeds. And he poured out his Holy Spirit on us in abundance, the gift and pledge of immortality, which makes the believers and the obedient into sons of God and co-heirs of Christ who is revealed, and we worship one God in the Trinity of holy name.

Patrick’s gift to his adopted country was the white martyrdom, witness borne through life, not death.  And he brought the Gospel peacefully,with a shamrock in his hand instead of the sword.  His passion for God burns like a living flame in his words, passed down through the centuries.


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