Jesus re-creates humanity with a Cry

Originally posted on An Open Orthodoxy:
Watching the sunrise this morning on this Good Friday, I had a thought inspired by recent discussions of Jesus’ Cry from the Cross – “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Here’s the thought I had. God creates ex nihilo or out of nothing. This ‘nothing’ isn’t a…

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Getting to know Rene Girard

Originally posted on An Open Orthodoxy:
There are a few audio/video resources I repeatedly benefit from in trying to better understand Girard’s thought, besides Girard’s books of course. Please read the man himself. Girard noted (in the second interview I list below) that there was a time, before Girard established himself, when people actually read…

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The Harrowing of Hell

This post is related to the ‘To Hell With Them? series (Part 1 and Part 2) I am working through. However, I will take a more aesthetic approach here and share a brief but important section of my upcoming novel The Damned May Enter that deals with the Harrowing of Hell. In the Harrowing of […]

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Herr Barth, “Is Hell Part of the Gospel?” (Barth in Conversation)

I read a great post by Stephen Morrison over at his blog today. The link is below, he has some great quotes from one of my favorite theologians, Karl Barth. Here’s a couple: Should teaching about hell be part of the proclamation of the gospel? No! No! No! The proclamation of the gospel means the proclamation that […]

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To Hell with Them? – Part 2

All shall be well and All manner of thing shall be well By the purification of the motive In the ground of our beseeching.   TS Eliot, FOUR QUARTETS – Little Gidding III (For the 1st entry in this series see: To Hell With Them? – Part 1) From the outset I must make it […]

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To Hell with Them? – Part 1

  Oh yet we trust that somehow good Will be the final goal of ill, To pangs of nature, to sins of will, Defects of doubt and taints of blood;   That nothing walks with aimless feet, That not one life shall be destroy’d, Or cast as rubbish to the void, When God hath made […]

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A River’s Course

(photo: Tumalo Falls, Oregon by Tim Schallberger) A River’s Course be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart – Ranier Rilke   I am a storm-child born beneath shadows of basalt cliffs and snow-clad evergreen. I rage with gin clarity through the mountains empty of earth or her stains. In the slow time […]

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