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Christian Liturgy: Time of Perversion or Inversion?

In chapter nine of his work, Holy Things, A Liturgical Theology, Gordon Lathrop juxtaposes the Christian liturgy in light of society. In doing so, Lathrop demonstrates that Christian liturgy “wishes to call us to God and especially to God’s grace known in Jesus Christ, and wishes to propose that grace to this world”.[1] Simultaneously, however, Christian liturgy attempts to point us away from our meeting on Sunday and towards Christ in the everyday. ...

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Advent: More Than Candles and Chocolate

This year, Sunday, December 1 was more than just the first day of December; it was also the first Sunday in the liturgical season of Advent. Many churches across the country celebrated by light the first candle of Advent and many children tore into their Advent calendars for a piece of chocolate first thing in the morning. ...

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Christian Hospitality

This week in the senior capstone class, Foundations of Christian Doctrine, we discussed liturgy and society. Though many different trails can be explored when discussing liturgy and society, Dr. Hartley made a point in class regarding hospitality that lead me down my own trail. ...

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(Un)Holy Things: Sin

Derived from the Latin word for guilt or guiltiness, sin is an unavoidable human condition. In the Genesis creation stories, humanity is depicted as to have right and personal relations with God. However, within the Adam and Eve narrative, arises humanity’s first sin. Commonly referred as original sin, humanity’s first sin speaks to ones inability to fully trust God and to confess for previous wrongdoings. Consequently, mankind seeks wordly wisdom away from God, but neglects to realize that all wisdom comes from God. Thus, in the wake of original sin man has the autonomy he has sought, but not the perspective or Godly wisdom to grasp it fully. Therefore, sin is not only an act, but also a state or barrier that needs to be overcome. ...

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Theology: Why You’re a Theologian

Derived from the Greek words theos (God) and logos (words), theology quite literally means ‘to speak of God’. In Kelly Kapic’s work, A Little Book for New Theologians, he highlights how all who speak of God are consequently doing theology. Hence, contrary to Christian historic perception, theology is not a word designated just for those in scholasticism or academia, but also the common place. However, it is imperative to point out how the word theology has taken on its own life within the history of Christianity. Throughout Church history there have been multiple attempts to fully define theology. ...

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To Hell in a Hand Basket

The whole thing is going to hell in a hand basket” has become one of my favorite phrases since coming to Greenville College. I don’t use the phrase about the school (that often), and I’m not entirely sure what a hand basket is. All the same, I like something about this phrase. Maybe it’s the image of the Lord of Darkness hearing a knock, opening the gates of Hell, seeing no one, and looking down to see a flowery basket with a note pinned to it. ...

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Spirit of Adventure

Paths walked by the disciples of Jesus Christ are those of extraordinary adventure. Over the past two weeks, Global Impact and Set Free have inspired a shimmering spirit for adventure across campus. In chapel on Wednesday, Kali Long, the Set Free leader from Athens, defined the term “missionary” in its original Greek to mean “one on a holy mission from God”. It is this mission to which Jesus invites us. ...

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(Un)holy Things: Jesus Christ

In his work, “Holy Things”, Gordon Lathrop states that, “authentic continuity requires responsible change” (p. 5). This is to say that the discussions we have today regarding faith are not ones that we ought to take lightly. Rather, what we discern in contemporary discussions of evolution versus seven-day creation is going to inform future generations. Furthermore, the faith we have been given in the 21st century is not the same of the Early Church. ...

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Doctrine & Discipline: Our Prolegomena

Doctrine & Discipline is the Papyrus' newest section. Doctrine literally means "teaching" and commonly connotes some theological discourse. Discipline refers to a branch of knowledge within higher education. Thus, as a Christian higher education institution, we thought it is appropriate to dedicate a section of the school's newspaper to teaching & knowledge. Therefore, we bring you D&D in the hopes of bringing about reflective and insightful discussions across campus. In order to do so, however, we must begin by stating our prolegomena. ...

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