Henk de Vos on the things attacking human community

There is, I believe, a need for humans to develop community. When we don’t, we lose a substantial part of ourselves. This is part of a different project — clinical mental health — but I thought I’d share because it factors into religion, politics, and economics. Although community is a core sociological concept, its precise meaning is often left vague. In this article it is pointed out that it is a social form that has deep connections with human social nature. Human social life and human social history can be seen as unflagging struggles between two contradictory modes of

John of the Cross / The Mystics

St. John of the Cross – Christ is the Final Word, Reading for #Advent

If only… someone… could bring us John… to us Protestants…. The principal reason why the Old Law permitted us to ask questions of God, and why prophets and priests had to seek visions and revelations of God, was because at that time faith had no firm foundation and the law of the Gospel was not yet established; and thus it was necessary that men should enquire of God and that he should speak, whether by words or by visions and revelations or whether by figures and images or by many other ways of expressing His meaning. For all that

John of the Cross / The Mystics

St. John of the Cross – If You Want #advent

If you want the Virgin will come walking down the road pregnant with the holy, and say, “I need shelter for the night, please take me inside your heart, my time is so close.” Then, under the roof of your soul, you will witness the sublime intimacy, the divine, the Christ taking birth forever, as she grasps your hand for help, for each of us is the midwife of God, each of us. Yet there, under the dome of your being does creation come into existence eternally, through your womb, dear pilgrim— the sacred womb in your soul, as

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Collect for the First Sunday of #Advent

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.1  First Sunday of Advent, (Common Worship: Services and Prayers

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More on Creation…Keats, Immortality, Theosis

I’ve posted several snippets and quotes from theologians on the reality of Creation. I also posted something from the 19th century poet, John Keats. Except for his suggestion that the Christian faith does not contain the allowance for this “schoolmaster” bit (honestly… stop making suggestions about the Christian faith unless you know all about it), I tend to agree with him. I wanted to add a few thoughts so you can know where I’m going. The goal of creation is to partake of the divine nature… In this way he has given us his promises, great beyond all price,

Doctoral Work / Galatians

Quick thoughts, before I forget, on Galatians 2.20 and παραδίδωμι

ζῶ δὲ οὐκέτι ἐγώ, ζῇ δὲ ἐν ἐμοὶ Χριστός· ὃ δὲ νῦν ζῶ ἐν σαρκί, ἐν πίστει ζῶ τῇ τοῦ ⸂υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ⸃ τοῦ ἀγαπήσαντός με καὶ παραδόντος ἑαυτὸν ὑπὲρ ἐμοῦ. – Galatians 2.20 I need to write this down to clear it up some and to have on recall for later. So… As you know, my dissertation proposes a unique model of atonement in Galatians based on Jesus’s voluntary death — he voluntarily surrendered himself to die for/in order to bring about/X the new creation/covenant. I usually just drop the suicide bomb. While I will explain the actual