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Discussion in 'The Lord's Day or Christian Sabbath' started by ransomed__, Jan 17, 2018.
I'd be interested to see your thoughts and comments on this recent article on the Lord's Day.
"2. THE EARLY HISTORY OF WORSHIP IS NOT THE SAME AS OUR SUNDAY MORNING TRADITIONS.
Jews marked time “from sunset to sunset.” Therefore, while we might assume that churches meeting on the Lord’s Day met on Sunday morning, Acts 20:7 indicates Christ’s disciples met at night “on the first day of the week”—remember poor Eutychus falling asleep late at night and falling out the window! Under the Jewish calendar churches gathered on Saturday night, not Sunday (22).
It wouldn’t be long before the church met on Sunday mornings, but it’s worth remembering how easily we can superimpose our church traditions on Scripture. We do well to learn what the early church actually practiced. In the earliest days, worship consisted of Sabbath-keeping and resurrection-celebrating on two different days. In time, the former decreased and the latter persisted, but as González observes, “the notion that Sunday has taken the place of the Sabbath is notably absent from early Christian literature” (23)."
This article is mostly a summary of a book on the Sabbath by Wesleyan mainline theologian Justo González. From what I understand, he was relatively conservative for professors at Emory's divinity school, for whatever that's worth. Is there a substantial response to this book from a Reformed perspective anywhere? I've had to interact with his arguments from a seminarian I know.
I will say though, coming out of more mainstream theological circles, I was impressed with Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now by Walter Brueggemann. He seemed to more or less assume a Puritan view of the Sabbath and worked from there. While that doesn't mean the book is entirely agreeable, I found a lot of profit there.
I have got the impression for some time that the Gospel Coalition is uncomfortable with some of Reformed Confessionalism - it is more a broader Calvinistic Coalition. Would that be a fair assessment?
This article is written in such a fashion as to make the Lords Day non-binding and burdensome.
Many people I know have been referring to it as the Social Gospel Coalition for some time now.
They are known as The Gospel-Industrial Complex.
It is Big Eva.
Excuse my ignorance but what is a Big Eva?
Big Evangelicalism, as in the Gospel Coalition.
Regardless of the leanings of The Gospel Coalition or of Dr. Gonzalez, I would personally appreciate a good response to these arguments as a whole, as this book has been pretty popular recently.
Carl Trueman writes frequently using that term. His personified use of that term is quite funny.
Thank you. Here in "down under" we do not always pick up the latest trends in USA Christianity.
We here in the U.S. don't always pick up the latest trends either,