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“Wake me up inside…” (part 2c): Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Reconciliation (iv.1.58)

(iv.1.58.1 cont.) In this movement and declaration of reconciliation through the atonement through Jesus Christ, God does not merely “proffer” a possibility, but actually seizes us and turns us back to Him. In this movement and declaration of reconciliation through the atonement through Jesus Christ, we deal with the fulfilled covenant. In Him, the breach […]

“Wake me up inside…” (part 2b): Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Reconciliation (iv.1.58)

(iv.1.58.1 cont.) Reconciliation is truly God’s activity alone. There is no cooperation between humanity and God; God is the one who crosses the “abyss” distancing them. God “gives himself to him* as his God, as the One who did not and will not cease to be his God, the God of sinful and carnal man”. […]

“Wake me up inside…” (part 2a): Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Reconciliation (iv.1.58)

(iv.1.58.1)*: Barth begins by discussing the “Grace of God in Jesus Christ.” Barth explains that reconciliation offered to us by Jesus Christ is the “fulfillment of the covenant of grace, as in the covenant of grace itself, we have to do with a free act of the grace of God”. God is not bound to […]

“Wake me up inside…” (part 1): Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Reconciliation (iv.1.58)

Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Reconciliation is the crescendo of the symphony that is his Church Dogmatics. Specifically, in this small (!) section (iv.1.58), one can begin to see how Barth is going to pull his entire theology together through the one moment, the one solitary and essential event of the atonement. He has woven together […]

Against Theology? The Holy Spirit as the Thief in the Night

Some fascinating and slightly enigmatic thoughts from Christoph Blumhardt on the Holy Spirit: “It has now become clear to me that what is decisive in the Kingdom of God is never a single dogmatically fixed and systematized teaching; rather, it is the living God alone that is decisive… But it has also, further, become clear […]

Barth on God’s Promise

“God says to us: ‘Since I am the living God who is near and who is one, almighty, holy and merciful, I will be your God. I will care for you. I will carry you in my eternal thoughts…For you I will be your God, for you as you are, ridden with anxiety, worries and […]

"Are you there, Jesus? It’s me, Woman": Creation

Everything hinges on this moment: WALL-E’s encounter with Eve. Before this, WALL-E’s life is, well, stagnant, plain, boring, and lonely. His sole purpose being: make cubes of garbage. Then he meets Eve. After this encounter with Eve (aptly named; well done, Pixar!), his world flips: there’s now community, purpose, reason, love, and a bunch of […]

Judgment and the Ethic of Womanhood

A friend of mine forwarded to me a link to a blog post that stunned me. The author of the blog received an email from one of her readers. Here is a portion of the email: “… you know God calls women to take care of the home. Proverbs 31 says: She watches over the […]

"No Sign of Good Works"

(please double click the image to enlarge) Stephan Pastis, once again, displays great acumen about human nature. Through Rat’s attempt at a children’s book (feeble as it is), Pastis acknowledges a fundamental truth about human nature: there is no such thing as a purely altruistic act. Elly loves Henry and loves giving gifts. She is […]

The Man In The Yellow Hat, or Grace With Difficult Children

A few particularly brilliant passages from the final chapter of Dr. Dorothy Martyn’s expert work on child psychology, “The Man in the Yellow Hat: Theology and Psychoanalysis in Child Therapy”. As always, to fully grasp what she’s getting at we must put ourselves in the position of child, lest we turn what is a descriptive […]