Tag Archives: atonement

Who takes the fall

meditations on Isaiah 52:13-53:12, my homily for Palm Sunday, 2019 Scripture quotes in bold are my own paraphrases, combining four different translations. 13 Behold, my servant will act with wisdom; he will be lifted up and exalted. The Servant of the Lord … Continue reading

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Ransom & Atonement

Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. This is one of the most basic statements of the Christian faith.  But it’s also one of the most complex statements too – there are many ways that the Bible describes Christ’s … Continue reading

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Bernard of Clairvaux

Whether you are interested in history, in Christianity, or Christian history, Saint Bernard of Clairveaux is a massively significant and complex person.  He was born in 1090 and lived through one of the more complicated periods of medieval European history.  … Continue reading

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Sacrificial Atonement

This post has been reworked a little in video form: It’s one thing to say “Jesus saves.”  It’s another thing to say that “Jesus died for our sins, and rose again.”  These are expressions of the atonement, the act by … Continue reading

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St. Anselm of Canterbury

Saint Anselm was born in northern Italy (then part of the Holy Roman Empire) in 1033, and eventually moved to England, becoming the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1093 at the age of 60.  He is remembered by various people for … Continue reading

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How is ministry carried out – summarizing Articles 31-36

Articles 31 through 36 are a mix of theological and practical points of faith.  As with the previous Articles on the Church and the Sacraments, the positions here are navigated in between the excesses of Rome and the excesses of … Continue reading

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Wrestling with God (3 of 3)

This is an excerpt from my sermon on Sunday 25 October on Genesis 32:24-29. Ah, the story of Jacob wrestling with God for his blessing: what an inspiring account!  How comforting it is to know that if you just wrestle … Continue reading

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