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T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
Books by T. M. Moore

The Rule of Law: Justice (1)

From the government of the soul to the culture, God seeks justice.

Grace Payback

June 26, 2011

Patrick's Confession (2)

Then the Lord made me aware of my unbelief, so that - however late - I might recollect my offences and turn with all my heart to the Lord my God. It was He Who took heed of my insignificance. Who pitied my youth and ignorance, Who watched over me before I knew Him and before I came to understand the difference between good and evil, and Who protected and comforted me as a father would his son. That is why I cannot remain silent (further, it would be inappropriate to do so) about the great favours and graces which the Lord deigned to grant me in the land of my captivity. For the way to make repayment for that revelation of God through capture and enslavement is to declare and make known His wonders to every race under heaven.

(Translation, Liam de Paor, Saint Patrick's World)

Patrick may have been a rustic, and unschooled. But he knew grace when he experienced it.

There can be no misunderstanding Patrick's view of salvation. It comes as an act of divine grace to undeserving sinners. Indeed, salvation is merely the culminative act of many years of gracious and caring oversight and provision on God's part. When God makes His saving grace known to us, the proper response is to acknowledge ("recollect") our sins and turn with all our hearts to Him. Only after God has made His grace known to us - "that revelation", as Patrick puts it - can we see in retrospect just how completely good and loving He has been to us all our lives.

What to do in response? Patrick understood: Make this Good News known as far and wide as possible!

Patrick made "repayment" for God's grace, not "payment." We do not earn salvation; it comes as a gift. But once we know the grace of God the only "appropriate" response is so to live and serve that others may come to know the Lord as well.

We catch the first fleeting glimpse of Patrick's vision: "to declare and make known His wonders to every race under heaven." Patrick understood that the grace he had received deserved an effort without bounds or limits on his part. Would he reach every race under heaven? Of course not.

But that he lived as though that were, indeed, his mission, none can doubt.

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Turning Out Saints

June 27, 2011

The Christian mandate is simple and clear.

Both Ways

June 26, 2011

Should faith-based ministries be allowed to hire whomever they will?

Wasting Lives

June 23, 2011

Man. What a great way to begin the day.

Is where we live merely a function of place?

Completely Saved

June 21, 2011

What does it mean to be saved?

Salvation

For the Lord had designed that this [Adam's] sin be blotted out in no other way than by death, which he foreknew and appointed would occur later through the coming in the flesh of his son Jesus Christ, so that through his death our blame should die, through his resurrection the law of our death should be cancelled, through his bodily ascension and dwelling in heaven immortality would be granted to our humanity and participation would be given in the angelic spiritual life that was appointed for us in the beginning, just as it is certain will be said by the Lord in the final call for the judgement to come.

  - Anonymous, Liber de Ordine Creaturarum (Irish, 7th century)

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

  - Romans 8.1

What does it mean to be saved? What does it mean to you to be saved? Sins forgiven? Going to heaven when you die? Peace with God?

I am increasingly persuaded that contemporary Christians do not well understand the doctrine of salvation. We don't really know what it means to be saved. How could we? How could there be multiplied millions of people in this country claiming to be saved and this country have departed so far from the moral, social, civil, and spiritual foundations upon which the nation was founded?

Our writer nails it. God determined to save us, not by simply allowing fallen Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of life. That would be to live forever in sin! Sin had to be eradicated. New life had to be provided. Restoration of God's original plan must be achieved.

And Jesus did all this. He blotted out our sin in His death, so that now we stand before God clothed in the righteousness of Jesus. Whatever blame we who believe may have owed is now cancelled forever.

Our condemnation is removed, and we no longer have to try to be good enough in order to please God or assuage our own consciences. Jesus has negated the Law as a means of salvation in order that He might lead us into it as a means to love.

By His resurrection Jesus brings all who believe in Him into a qualitatively new experience of life - life like the angels, that is, life in the very presence of God! We see God with the eye of faith. We engage Him in His glory, and are transformed into the image of His Son. We participate in His divine nature by the power of the Spirit bearing fruit and witness through our lives. We know we are saved because we live entirely new lives, lives which anticipate an even greater newness and fullness yet to come.

This is what it means to be saved. If you're saved, and not living this life, well, what are you doing? Is "saved" just so much God-talk for you? Or is it the power of God working in and through you to in-break the reality of the eternal, unseen realm into the contexts, relationships, and everyday details of your life?

What does it mean to be saved?

It means Jesus. Alive. In you. The hope of glory.

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Jesus came humbly among us. Let us go humbly into the world.

Beyond Human?

June 19, 2011

Where are the Christians when this kind of stuff is being discussed?

Trade

June 26, 2011

The Rule of Law: Government of Culture (7)

The communities of God’s people must care for God’s creation.

Prices

June 25, 2011

The Rule of Law: Government of Culture (6)

God’s Law guarded His people against greed, manipulation, and inflation.

Agriculture

June 24, 2011

The Rule of Law: Government of Culture (5)

God directed the proper use of His land.

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