The Unity of the Church Depends on Sameness, Not Difference (Fri. June 4)

The word of the day is “same.”   When it comes to what people believe, there are more allegations than truths, more falsehoods than realities, and more suppositions than conclusions based on evidence.  Today, in our reading of Acts 15:5-34, we hear Peter’s appeal for the inclusion of Gentiles in the church and the final decision of  the church leaders in Jerusalem on the matter.  Peter says, “We believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they [the Gentiles]” (OSB vs. 11). To prove an assertion, we must give warrants for it.  The warrant is the connection between a truth claim and the evidence that supports it.  A close reading…