The Centrality of Salvation


When Christ speaks of the love the Father has for the world, He merely echoes the first affirmation in the Book of Genesis which accompanies the description of creation: “God saw how good it was…He found it very good” (Genesis 1:12-31). But this affirmation in no way constitutes the absolute assurance of salvation. The world is not capable of making man happy. It is not capable of saving him from evil, in all of its types and forms- illness, epidemics, cataclysms, catastrophes, and the like. This world, with its riches and its wants, needs to be saved, to be redeemed.

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Ascension Joy


From “I Want to Live These Days With You”, a book of Daily Devotions from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Translated by O. C. Dean Jr.

Ascension joy – inwardly we must become very quite to hear the soft sound of the phrase at all. Joy lives in its quietness and incomprehensibility. This joy is in fact incomprehensible, for the comprehensible never makes for joy. It is the incomprehensible – and yet true, real, and living – that brings joy. Therefore proper joy itself is something incomprehensible, both for others and the one who feels it.

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What’s in Your Wallet?

What’s in Your Wallet?

Wallet

From Spring 2013 “Anglican Digest

The world says. “The more you take – the more you have…” Christ says, “The more you give – the more you are”…
Frederick Buechner

I had made a quick trip to Home Depot to pick up things for a practice bag-drag at the Chaplin School. Each one brings a duffel bag filled with uniforms, boots, soap, towels, socks, documents, etc.. they need for the first few weeks operating in the field. You stuff your world into a bag, ready to hit the road or tarmac and you are off. My world was in my bag except for the mandatory work gloves…left in the utility room…back in Mississippi.

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The Joy of Creation


While re-reading “Crossing The Threshold of Hope” by His Holiness John Paul II, I came across the following:

The Gospel, above all else, is the joy of creation. God, in creating saw that His creation was good (Genesis 1: 1-25), is the source of joy for all creatures, and above all for humankind.

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