Marriage, Unity and The Trinity (A Sermon)

I recently gave this sermon at a wedding I officiated.   Marriage, Unity and the Trinity So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and […]

All Things Made New

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” -Matthew 5:4 “Still, I repeat, a man in sorrow is in general far nearer God than a man in joy.” -George MacDonald, The Hope of the Gospel p. 37 Manchester by the Sea, the latest film by Kenneth Lonergan, for me was the best film of […]

The Death of God & Transcendence

“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to […]

Beauty

“Beauty is the word that shall be our first. Beauty is the last thing which the thinking intellect dares to approach, since only it dances as an uncontained splendor around the double constellation of the true and the good and their inseparable relation to one another. Beauty is the disinterested one, without which the ancient […]

Sacrifice & Obedience

And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. -Hebrews 10:10, NRSV “And take up their cross.” That cross is already there, ready, from the very beginning; we need only take it up. But to keep us from believing that we […]

Lenten Reflections on Restlessness and the Gospel

“Properly speaking it is Gospel when it preaches Christ; but when it rebukes and reproves and gives commands, it does nothing else than destroy those who are presumptuous concerning their own righteousness to make room for grace, that they may know the Law is fulfilled not by their own powers but only through Christ, who […]

Shallot Acrobats and The Joy of Creation

“The Christian apprehension of creation requires and involves the principle that creation is benefit. It shows us God’s good pleasure as the root, the foundation and the end of divine creation.” -Karl Barth, CD III.1 p.331 “God’s gracious action in creation belongs from the first to that delight, pleasure, and regard that the Trinity enjoys […]