theology of the cross

Lesson 13: Concluding Remarks

Lesson 13: Concluding Remarks

I find my present thought always reflects what I have just read or what my friends who gather regularly in my home want to discuss. That leads me to think life, at least my life, is truly an ongoing conversation. That conversation caused me to ponder God’s presence about three or four months ago. It […]

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Lesson 12: God’s Presence in the Christian Story

Lesson 12: God’s Presence in the Christian Story

The Bible’s core tradition proclaims God is a divine person who encounters chosen people in history. This engagement is described with great care and imagination. God comes as angels, a burning bush, volcanic fire, inspired prophets. Always the emphasis is on the message, not the messenger. God is painstakingly identified with the Word of the […]

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Lesson 11: God’s Presence Everywhere and in Everything

Lesson 11: God’s Presence Everywhere and in Everything

Although the Bible finds God’s presence primarily in the story told by a particular people about themselves, it also includes a more general picture in which God is embedded in his creation. You see that in the Wisdom tradition (Proverbs 8: 22-31), the logos theology (John 1: 1-11), various sayings of Jesus, and Paul’s use […]

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Lesson 10: Two Theories of God’s Presence

Lesson 10: Two Theories of God’s Presence

In some sense, understanding how God is present among us is more important than believing God exists. There is little or no significance in affirming a deity unless you can identify how this impacts your life. The Old Testament acknowledges this with many complaints about God being absent and not answering the cries of his […]

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Lesson 16: Incarnation

Lesson 16: Incarnation

I always thought of myself as a member of the “theology of the cross” school. Paul and Kerry, through brief exchanges on this site, have helped me see the limitations of this tradition, how it has led too many people to put themselves down as contemptible sinners unworthy of God’s grace. At least in our […]

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Lesson 6: The Dignity of Humanity

Lesson 6: The Dignity of Humanity

I am increasingly convinced Vatican II was able to lay the groundwork of a new Christian narrative for our modern age, because for the most part, it looked at our situation with a simple honesty. That honesty recognized the narrative the Church has used to identify and understand herself has changed throughout history. Consequently, it […]

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Lesson 26: How Does God Operate?

Lesson 26: How Does God Operate?

I can best explain my position on suffering by enclosing below a short paper I wrote decades ago to start discussion at a Lutheran conference. I think the Christian faith is contrarian by nature. We have some trouble seeing that, because it is so closely aligned with Northern American society. Most of the time I […]

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