The Open Grave

It was a cold February at Christ of the Desert monastery, high in the mountains of northern New Mexico. Behind the chapel, author William Bryant Logan noticed an open grave, the disturbed red soil waiting in a tall mound beside it.

“Has a brother died?” he asked a monk.

“No,” he answered, “but we cannot dig in winter, so we opened this grave ahead of time, just in case.”

To many of us, an open grave is unnerving, the thought of soil disturbed and waiting entirely unwelcome. “An open grave is an open mouth,” writes Logan. “It exhales all the suggestion of the dark.”(1) In the Western world in particular, we have a complicated relationship with death, dismissing as much of it as we can manage from sight, mind, and society. An open grave is a gaping wound we prefer to turn our eyes from.

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How Does God’s Omniscience Affect You?

Every knee WILL bow!

Bible PixabayAnd Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
(‭‭Mark‬ ‭14:62‬)‬‬

He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death —even to death on a cross. For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow…and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Phil 2:8-11, HCSB)

It’s verses like this that put pay to any notion of liberal accommodation between religions. These words destroy any idea that we as Christians basically think the same as those from other faiths.


About That Great Luther Quote

Everyday Reasons Why God Lived In A Body

You are saved by grace alone, through faith alone.

As a Lutheran pastor I have often said and heard these Good Words of The Gospel promise we have in Jesus who lived, died and rose from the dead so we in faith could be counted as righteous in God’s eyes and worthy of eternal life.

There is a key word that I very much want to emphasize tonight, Jesus lived. That is in a body, in a certain place and time, with a family and friends, responsibilities and a job to do, taxes and government to deal with, Jesus lived in the body just like you and me live in the body right now.

For me, out of all of the pictures that depict Jesus, the ones that appeal to me the most, are not the ones that show Jesus in heaven, or on a horse on the last judgement or in His glory, those all depicting Jesus deity that is His nature as the eternal Word of God. No, for me, especially the last couple of years, it has really been the pictures of Jesus’ humanity that have really touched my heart and my life. Jesus laughing a full bodied belly laugh, Jesus opening his arms to the children’s embrace and Jesus playing games with the children, Jesus sitting on the hillside teaching, Jesus sitting down with his friends for a meal. I think the reason is that for me I’m secure who in Jesus is from eternity, the Living Word of God who is able to save, while I wonder at the mystery of it and look forward to seeing the reality when I am with the Lord in glory, it’s not the questions I have right now.

The questions I have right now really have to do with how I am to live in the body.

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How To Read Job

Perplexed by Atonement Theories? The Core of it All

Once a young reader informed me with a robust confidence that the heart of the atonement concerned the wrath of God — and I’ve had others say it’s the love or grace of God while others think it is adjusting the books and getting the ledgers re-assigned. What is it then? Is it propitiation and penal substitution, the exemplary love of God, or justification? From another angle: How does the atonement fit into the Bible’s central narrative?

And, why is atonement — no one doubts its importance — so often ignore resurrection? How does it all relate to our understanding of God and how does it related to the life of Jesus?

I’m happy to commend for your reading Adam Johnson’s Atonement: A Guide for the Perplexed.

Which text in the NT do you think is most expressive of the atonement?

What does the doctrine of atonement do in Christian theology? Is it the center? If not, where does it fit?

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