March 1 2018
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From Merle Blake:
- Registration for the annual meeting of Maritime Conference is available tomorrow, March 1st at the Conference website:https://marconf.ca/delegate-visitor-registration/.
Only those names that have been forwarded by Presbytery and who have registered through the Maritime Conference office by April 27 will have a confirmed seat on the Conference floor.
The meeting will open with the Service of Remembrance on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7:00pm, at the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Center in Sackville, NB.
- Lay Delegates: Please take the time to let the Secretary know if you are no longer the Presbytery representative for the coming year, and the name and contact information of the person replacing you. Remember you are still the representative until the rise of Conference, and it would be lovely if you came to the April meeting and brought your replacement with you to introduce them to the Court!! The Secretary has to send a list of all the lay delegates to Presbytery and Conference before April 2nd. If your pastoral charge wishes to nominate someone to attend Conference who is not a Presbytery delegate, please send that information to the Secretary as well.
There will be an orientation program for new delegates to Conference. It will begin at 3:00pm on Thursday, May 24th at the Maritime Conference Center.
- Tellers at Conference: People who are interested in volunteering as tellers at Conference, please contact the secretary, Merle Blake at email@example.com, with your contact information. Please be in touch as soon as possible.
From Rev. Brian MacDonald:
Presbytery book club on The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions
by Marcus J Borg and N.T. Wright
For the February meeting, please read Part II: What Did Jesus Do and Teach? (pages 31 through 76).
Question to think about before the February meeting:
It may surprise us that on this point, Wright and Borg present complimentary rather than starkly clashing pictures of Jesus. Yet there certainly are differences. How are their portrayals the same or similar, and how are they different?
For the April meeting, please read Part III: The Death of Jesus (pages 79 through 107).
Question to think about before the April meeting:
Borg and Wright take very different approaches to the question of why Jesus was killed / why he died. Borg and Wright certainly share a belief in the “salvific meaning of Good Friday.” (p. 82) Where they part ways is on the matter of “whether Jesus saw his death as having a saving purpose [i.e., at the time of his death].” (p. 82) Borg’s conclusion is “Probably not,” while Wright is convinced that Jesus saw his death as having a saving purpose at the time of the passion.
Aside from the fact that while Borg regards only Mark and Q as being reliable sources of “history remembered” (as opposed to “history metaphorized”) while Wright regards all four Gospels as reliable sources, what accounts for their different conclusions?