There are possibly no worse times to read a theologian such as Ephraim Radner than during a pandemic. Radner’s prose is simultaneously penetrating and demanding, bordering on the opaque at times, and for a parent working from home with two children, Radner offers no respite.
The testimonies and experiences of children keep us going even when we experience far less affirmation, gratitude, and perceptible works of the Holy Spirit than we would like.
Through a detailed historical analysis and retrieval of pro-Nicene trinitarian theology, Anatolios paints a portrait of how fourth century trinitarianism was deeply engaged with the biblical narrative and much more sophisticated than many of our contemporary categories for describing this history have recognized.
in Romans 8, Paul lays out some of the benefits the Holy Spirit offers to those who are in Christ — to those people to whom the work of Christ has been applied. One of these benefits is the intercession of the Holy Spirit on our behalf.
My speculation is that Jesus breathed on them, not to pour out the Spirit, but as one more proof that he was alive.
The world needs grace, which means it needs you.
Christ’s ascension is beautiful, but the power didn’t stop two thousand years ago.
How often do we still make our God an easy god? We can manipulate the theology of calling and vocation to make it a rubber stamp on our ambitions. We can cheapen grace until the very concept of sin seems old-fashioned.
How did fishermen catch fish? They would drop the nets several hundred yards from shore. The net had cork or wood floats on one edge, keeping that edge out of the water. Stone sinkers were on the other edge, which pulled the net down into the water. The fishermen would pull the net toward the shore, catching anything they came across. We may not drag around huge physical nets today, but we do have nets that we use to “catch” people for Jesus. They’re our talents and gifts.
I have become more solidly convinced over time that a huge reason why we don’t read our Bibles more isn’t because we are afraid it isn’t true but because are terrified that it really is.