Incarnation: The Truth About God

We declare to you what was from the beginning, that we have heard, what we’ve seen with their eyes, what we have looked at in touched with our hands, concerning the word of life – this life was revealed, and we’ve seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life thatContinue reading “Incarnation: The Truth About God”

For Us and Our Salvation

“Who for us…and…our salvation…became human,” is not just the heart of the Nicean-Constantinopolitan Creed but is at the heart of our faith’s claims about Jesus.  This is the discovery that led some pious Jews to break with tradition and preach to the world their belief that there are now two names for the powers thatContinue reading “For Us and Our Salvation”

Thinking Faithfully About Christ

  The Incarnation bids us to keep our ideas about God as complex as the God who comes to us in the Incarnation as Jesus.  Quite early on the church realized that to get Christ wrong is to get God wrong.  It took us four centuries to find ideas commensurate with the reality of Incarnation.Continue reading “Thinking Faithfully About Christ”

Sabbath and Self-Care: a conversation

From the blog The Covered Dish: Meditations on Rural Life and Ministry.  Thriving Rural Communities.  Duke Divinity School. A seasoned pastor was starting his new appointment. The pastor immediately opened his Staff Parish Relations Committee meeting by mentioning that he is going to be intentional about keeping his Sabbath. He was determined to take offContinue reading “Sabbath and Self-Care: a conversation”