Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Robert Webber Dies


Robert Webber, evangelical theologian and author passed away on April 27th after an eight month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Sadly, I had never heard of him until after my reversion to the Church but was intrigued by his "Call" that he put out with other evangelicals in 2006. I blogged about him before. He invited the evangelical churches to hearken back to the words and ways of the ancient church. He brought the study of Patristics into the evangelical world and his Ancient-Future Worship movement has forged much understanding between Catholicism and Protestantism. He was convinced of the need for a return to the sacraments as practiced in the early Church and believed that the Lord's Supper was not a symbolic remembrance.

Here's a portion of the Call:
"We call Evangelicals to take seriously the visible character of the Church. We call for a commitment to its mission in the world in fidelity to God's mission (Missio Dei), and for an exploration of the ecumenical implications this has for the unity, holiness catholicity, and apostolicity of the Church. Thus, we call Evangelicals to turn away from an individualism that makes the Church a mere addendum to God's redemptive plan. Individualistic Evangelicalism has contributed to the current problems of churchless Christianity, redefinitions of the Church according to business models, separatist ecclesiologies and judgmental attitudes toward the Church. Therefore, we call Evangelicals to recover their place in the community of the Church catholic."

'"Requiem aeternam dona ei , Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei . Requiescat in pace. Amen." - "Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him . May he rest in peace. Amen."

7 Comments:

Blogger onionboy said...

Thank you for posting this. I had never heard of this brother. What a strong call that is. I wonder how many evangelicals listened?

May 02, 2007 1:31 PM  
Blogger Pilgrimsarbour said...

"Thus, we call Evangelicals to turn away from an individualism that makes the Church a mere addendum to God's redemptive plan. Individualistic Evangelicalism has contributed to the current problems of churchless Christianity, redefinitions of the Church according to business models, separatist ecclesiologies and judgmental attitudes toward the Church. Therefore, we call Evangelicals to recover their place in the community of the Church catholic."

Where have I been that I have missed knowing of this man and his work? I can think of no statement which is more precisely in tune with my mind and heart on these matters. Thanks, TJ. Again you have brought food for thought to the table and I am full!

May 02, 2007 2:22 PM  
Blogger japhy said...

I agree with onionboy; that is quite the daring Call!

May 02, 2007 2:59 PM  
Blogger Joyful Catholics said...

Daring Call indeed! I'm currently reading The Catholic Verses by Dave Armstrong and boy, this sounds like what he's talking about right off the bat. There's a 'physical Church' and how that is always swept aside, or ignored in some debates/discussions with many evangelicals who only believe in a "spiritual invisible" church.

God rest his soul. I respect his courage and grasp on the Truth.

susie

May 02, 2007 7:47 PM  
Blogger japhy said...

susie - I've got The Catholic Verses too. I got it for Christmas... devoured it immediately!

Sigh. Every now and then it seems like some modern Christians think Christianity went from AD 33 to AD 2007 in no time flat. They ignore ALL the history.

May 02, 2007 9:46 PM  
Blogger Pilgrimsarbour said...

I think there is a lot of confusion among both Catholics and Protestants regarding the meaning of the "Invisible Church." It does not mean that there is no physical representation of Christ's Church on earth. The Reformers saw the Church as being physically represented by local congregations, as far as they remained faithful to the gospel (another discussion for another time!). In addition, the "Invisible Church" means that true believers are to be found all over the world all throughout time from within the various communions. I think most Catholics today would acknowledge that true believers can also be found outside of the Catholic communion, otherwise they would not speak of Protestants as "separated brethren."

P.S. No Protestants were harmed or offended in any way by reading these comments. (It's a joke!)

May 03, 2007 12:15 AM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

LOL!

May 03, 2007 5:55 PM  

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