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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

     “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave the power/authority (ἐξουσίαν) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe in his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (Jn 1: 10-13)

     When we place our trust in the Lord and “receive” His divine authority in our lives, He also en-“trusts” us with “power” or “authority.” Different from our biological birth, over which we had no “authority” (as we were not its “authors,” not having chosen our biological parents or any of the other circumstances of our biological birth), our New Birth and New Life in Christ is a choice we make o...

Monday, April 29, 2019

     “Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen!...’” (Lk 24: 1-6)

     When Nietzsche intuited that “God is dead” in our modern-day culture, he meant it figuratively, in the sense that the Enlightenment had “killed” faith in God, within our way of thinking about, and perceiving, the...

Sunday, October 29, 2017

This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” (Jn 6: 50-51)

What kinds of “life” and “death” is Christ talking about here? The kinds that begin already here, in this world. The Son of God has come “down from heaven,” has inserted Himself into our physical world, in the flesh, to share with us true life, in Him. He offers us communion/participation in His physical Body and Blood, that we may, already here, “have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10: 10). He shares with me His human-divine Being, sweeping me up into the unity God intended for us in the first plac...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I look for/expect the resurrection of the dead (Προσδοκῶ ἀνάστασιν νεκρῶν, Чаю воскресения мертвых, Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum), and the life of the age to come. Amen.” (Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed)

Christianity is all about “looking for” or “expecting” good things, rather than bad ones. A God-centered life turns me away from the “bad” kinds of expectations rooted in merely-human anxiety, – that feeling of impending doom, coming at you around the corner, for example, in financial matters or in personal relationships. In a God-less, self-reliant state we tend to slip into certain fears, like that of being left destitute or being left alone, like, with six or seven cats in a lonely apartment. ☺

But what is it that I am invited to “look for,” or “expect” and long for, in a God-cen...

Sunday, July 2, 2017

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise.’ And they remembered his words…” (Lk 24: 1-8)

A resurrection from the dead was the last thing the followers of Christ were expecting or looking...

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