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Who is Jesus?

November 6, 2009

Who do you believe Jesus is? Is there a right answer? When asked, Peter declares Jesus to be the son of God. Ok, most churches acknowledge that but they are still divided further. I am aware of at least seven different theological ideas of Jesus. Each one has a slightly (or sometimes hugely) different focus on the life and work of Jesus as well as how he saves the world. In America we largely hold the conservative protestant view that Jesus saved through his death on the cross. Other well-established Christian faiths, however, teach that the resurrection alone was the saving work. Some teach that it was Jesus’ incarnation and entry to the physical world that allowed salvation.

Brennan Manning asks, “How would you describe the Christ who is the still point of a turning world for so many people…?” I think that our description constantly changes as we grow and I wonder, if it does not change maybe that is an indication that we are not growing.

Personally, I would love to be able to understand more about how others see and understand Jesus. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how a church can reach out to other denominations within Christendom and, possibly more important, to those of other faiths. How can we reach out, not for the purpose of conversion but to partner as fellow faith-groups to help our community. How powerful could that be?

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Spiritual Dashboard

October 23, 2009

I think that most people view sin like the speedometer on their car’s dashboard. They say, “well, I know what I’m doing is wrong but it’s not that bad.” Or, “yeah, it’s pretty bad but not as bad as that guy.” This type of thinking puts us in a couple of awkward positions. One, it has us comparing ourselves to others which is not only unhealthy but it’s also not how God says He sees us. God doesn’t grade on the curve. He tells us not to compare ourselves to one another but to God’s law (Which is not meant to be even attainable but to show us how many bad choices we make… But that’s another post).

Second, this speedometer view of sin is malformed. The spiritual sin-o-meter is not a gauge like a speedometer it’s an indicator light like your check engine light. For that matter, as long as you’re accepting of God’s free gift of forgiveness, it’s not even a measure of transgressions but, rather, an indicator that you’ve gone off track somewhere. It’s a sign that you need to reevaluate your decisions.

Forming and cultivating a relationship with God does not mean that our sin is jettisoned. Our sin is always present in us because as long as we have that human nature we will all have a bit of evil desire in us. Thankfully, as Jesuit Bernard Bush notes, “God does not condone or sanction evil, but he does not withhold his love because there is evil in us.”

Remember to check those indicators frequently. If you find the check engine light on you need to investigate why and make those corrections or, at the risk of extending the metaphor too far, you may just have a breakdown.

Another Blog…

January 19, 2009

Here it is… Another blog for the world.

This isn’t my first blog, I’ve had one before. In fact, I had one before that too. I seem to loose interest in them when I feel like I’ve run out of things to say. After a time the thoughts in my head pile up again and I want to share what I’m thinking about. Of course I think no one really reads my blog but everyone else has one so why not me?