Happy Daze. Life, Impact and Thought of Augustine. Augustine- Where we are going. Easter - Augustine's Conversion and Easter April 11th – Community and Grac April 18th - The Donatists- the dangers of perfectionism – fighting pietism April 25th - A Just War May 9th – A Christian view of sex
Life, Impact and Thought of Augustine
Easter - Augustine's Conversion and Easter
April 11th – Community and Grac
April 18th - The Donatists- the dangers of perfectionism – fighting pietism
April 25th - A Just War
May 9th – A Christian view of sex
May 23rd - A Christian View of Politics
May 30th - The Impact of Augustine
"In Milan I found your devoted servant the bishop Ambrose. ..”
“At that time his gifted tongue never tired of dispensing the richness of your corn, the joy of your oil, and the sober intoxication of your wine. Unknown to me, it was you who led me to him, so that I might knowingly be led by him to you.”
"I was all ears to seize upon his eloquence, I also began to sense the truth of what he said, though only gradually."
From Chapter 8 of Confessions
Adapted from Max McLean’s Augustine’s Conversion
What was it about Ambrose that made him relevant to Augustine?
How can we build better bridges to non-believers?
Is it at this day a thing incredible, that the Body of the Lord rose again from the sepulchre? The whole cleansed world has believed it; whoso has not believed it, has remained in his uncleanness. Yet at that time it was incredible: and persuasion was addressed not to the eyes only, but to the hands also, that by the bodily senses faith might descend into [the Apostles'] heart, and that faith so descending into their heart
might be preached throughout the world to them who neither saw nor touched, and yet without doubting believed. “Have ye,” saith He, “anything to eat?” How much doeth the good Builder still to build up the edifice of faith? He did not hunger, yet He asked to eat. And He ate by an act of His power, not through necessity. So then let the disciples acknowledge the verity of His body, which the world has acknowledged at their preaching.
- St. Augustine of Hippo. Homilies on the Gospels, Sermon LXVI.
The shock of discovery
The significance for the disciples
A great hope
A great warning
· “Heaven is not a pipe dream, or a cruel mirage, but an amazing reality earned for us by Christ’s death, and proved by Christ’s resurrection.” Has this changed your view of heaven?
· “For God has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31) What’s your reaction to this?
· Do you believe the resurrection is possible?