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Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 | 3 comments

The Nicene Creed: “one baptism for the remission of sins.”

The Nicene Creed: “one baptism for the remission of sins.”

**This post is part of a series reflecting on the Nicene Creed** << Previous post View series “We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.” I do not remember my baptism, and because regular church attendance was not an essential part of my childhood, it was not until I was 20 that I became concerned with the event. Upon returning to the faith when I was 18, I considered being rebaptized. The evangelicals I spent time with did not seem to care either way. Reflecting on that time of questioning, I suppose I felt like I was missing out on an essential Christian experience—a sort of profound experience that I could easily say was the moment I encountered the divine. I did not know at the time how profound my baptism really was. Paul states that to be baptized is to be buried and raised with Christ (Col 2:12, Rom 6). The cross is the lens from which we interpret the power of baptism. To take baptism seriously,...

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Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 | 5 comments

God is (Super) Dead: finding God in forsakenness

God is (Super) Dead: finding God in forsakenness

  Holy Week is essential for most Christian denominations and sects. Similar to Christ’s own experience upon his entrance into Jerusalem, our eyes cannot help but look to the impending cross, and the hope found soon after. I think this is why I have witnessed so many conversions and rededications to the faith during Holy Week. Death has a way. The death of the God-Man beckons reflections on other deaths in our lives, whether it is the physical deaths of those we love or the other kinds of death that impact us so immensely. A lot of ink has been spilled about God’s suffering with humanity. I believe there is a catharsis in this. Christ’s cry of dereliction, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” is often read as our own cry—as if the original Psalm had the fundamental human experience in mind. But a paradox seems to exist here, no? In the face of suffering and death, people find ultimate faith, as if there is also sovereignty within the forsakenness....

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Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 | 0 comments

What is the Task of Theology in the Church?

What is the Task of Theology in the Church?

Something that seems rarely discussed in the classroom is how theology actually changes the faith of people who do not spend time and money pursuing theological education. I have had a lot of conversations with strangers regarding faith, but I have never nailed down just what theology can do for everyone not interested in being a theologian. Some answers are fairly obvious. Orthodox theology can respond to paradigms different than that of Christianity. Whether it is a certain branding of atheism or secularism, theologians are often conversation partners with the milieus of culture. Just as obvious is theology’s ability to interact with other religious beliefs, and of course, Christian heresy as well. But if theology is primarily for the church, what kind of work is it doing? How does it bolster the faith of those who do not read academic works, study scripture, or immerse themselves in these conversations? What is theology actually doing? My first thought was that orthodox theology somehow sheds light on the complexity and nuances...

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