Freedom for Slavery

Paradox lies at the heart Christian faith. Strength is found in weakness, the first will be last and losing life is how we find it. Most striking, we find the mighty God in a crib and on a cross. The majesty of the Creator is his humility. Peter touches another paradox in his first letter. He states, […]

Karl Barth on Amazement, Humor, and Joy

Here are some helpful quotes by Karl Barth. Hope you enjoy. On Amazement “At the beginning of all theological perception, research, and thought – and also of every theological statement – stands a quite specific amazement. Its lack in even the best theologian will threaten the heart of the entire enterprise, while even bad theologians […]

Rethinking Rest

I have been working through a book by Walter Brueggemann titled Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now. I have been challenged to rethink the theological and practical significance of Sabbath for our time and culture. As I have thought about the theme  biblically and theologically I have learned a few helpful insights. […]

Forgiveness and Freedom

How do you describe forgiveness? What other words would come to mind if you had to explain it to someone? What synonyms do we rely on in our language to articulate the concept? In the New Testament the language and concept of forgiveness overlap with liberation, release, and freedom. Look at a couple of texts […]