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In Christ

Christ in Paul’s Eyes In Christ Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Paul summarizes his corporate understanding of salvation with his shorthand phrase “en Cristo,” using it more than any single phrase in all of his letters (over 100 times). En Cristo seems to be Paul’s code phrase for the gracious, participatory experience of salvation “from the… Continue Reading In Christ

An Interior Faith

Christ in Paul’s Eyes An Interior Faith Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Describing his encounter with the risen Christ on the road to Damascus in his letter to the Galatians, Paul writes a most telling line. He says, “God revealed his Son in me” (Galatians 1:16, JB, NIV). This high degree of trust, introspection, and self-confidence… Continue Reading An Interior Faith

Paul’s Conversion

Christ in Paul’s Eye Paul’s Conversion Monday, February 25, 2019 All of Paul’s major themes are contained in seed form in his conversion experience, of which there are three descriptions in Acts (chapters 9, 22, and 26). Scholars assume that Acts was written by Luke around 80-90 CE, about twenty years after Paul wrote most… Continue Reading Paul’s Conversion

The Journey of Conversion

Christ in Paul’s Eyes The Journey of Conversion Sunday, February 24, 2019 Surely the biblical writer who most helps us discover the Christ Mystery is the Apostle Paul. Letters by Paul or influenced by him form one third of the New Testament. Paul is a foundational teacher for what became Christianity. [1] Yet he hardly… Continue Reading The Journey of Conversion

From the Beginning of Time

The Universal Christ From the Beginning of Time Monday, December 3, 2018 Christ is the radiant light of God’s glory and the perfect copy of God’s nature, sustaining the universe by God’s powerful command. —Hebrews 1:3, Jerusalem Bible Christ is not Jesus’ last name. The word Christ is a title, meaning the Anointed One, which many Christians so… Continue Reading From the Beginning of Time

Church Was Supposed to Be an Alternative Society

Community Church Was Supposed to Be an Alternative Society Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Living in community means living in such a way that others can access me and influence my life and that I can get “out of myself” and serve the lives of others. Community is a world where brotherliness and sisterliness are possible.… Continue Reading Church Was Supposed to Be an Alternative Society

Church as Living Organism

Community Church as Living Organism Monday, May 7, 2018 The Apostle Paul’s teaching is deeply incarnational, yet this has often not been recognized. Paul sees that the Gospel message must have concrete embodiment, which he calls “churches.” Jesus’ first vision of church is so simple we miss it: “two or three gathered in my name”… Continue Reading Church as Living Organism

Universal Dignity

Human Bodies: Week 2 Universal Dignity Monday, April 9, 2018 If you can’t honor the Divine Indwelling—the presence of the Holy Spirit—within yourself, how could you see it in anybody else? You can’t. Like knows like. All awareness, enlightenment, aliveness, and transformation begins with recognizing that your own eternal DNA is both divine and unearned;… Continue Reading Universal Dignity

Flesh and Spirit

Human Bodies: Week 1 Flesh and Spirit Friday, April 6, 2018 The Apostle Paul tends to use dialectics in his writing, jockeying two seemingly opposite ideas to lead us to a deeper and third understanding. One of his most familiar dialectics is the way he speaks of flesh and spirit. Paul uses the word sarx,… Continue Reading Flesh and Spirit

Faith as Participation

Faith and Belief Faith as Participation Thursday, July 20, 2017 Many scholars have pointed out that what is usually translated in Paul’s letters as “faith in Christ” would be more accurately translated as “the faith of Christ.” It’s more than a change of prepositions. It means we are all participating—with varying degrees of resistance and consent—in the faith journey… Continue Reading Faith as Participation

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