CategoryTheology

Of Gods and Elephant Tusks

But though I see his point I disagree; For man, to me, is fabric of the gods, One stuff with them, potentially themselves; Less in degree, less purified, less free, But of their being, one at heart with them; Descended from them, seeking them up again To shed this close-constricting shell, and rise To the intensity and freedom of their power.[1. Pheidias, John Galen Howard, p. 150] Awhile ago I...

Individual Substance of a Rational Nature

A month and a half ago I was inspired by my brother’s foray into the burgeoning world of auto-tune theology (which, no doubt, is suffering from an over-population problem) and decided I would make my own attempt. However, as the market for auto-tune theology is surely quite crowded, I went a slightly different, albeit related, route. Listen to the auto-tune track here. The text for this...

Mystery

This installment of my church fathers’ paraphrases comes from St. Hilary of Poitiers. Hilary was born to pagan parents sometime around AD 310, but early in his life his study of the scriptures led to his conversion. He was well beloved and respected and in 353 was elected to the bishopric of Poitiers. Hilary’s life spanned the Arian controversy, and he inserted himself significantly...

Let’s Go to Bethlehem! (bring your crayons…)

This video was created for KidsCOR’s upcoming advent curriculum series Let’s Go to Bethlehem! I just finished it up earlier this afternoon. When I was initially brainstorming for the graphics and video, I was given the task of utilizing a map of the Holy Land as well as focusing on the manger scene with Jesus, Mary and Joseph. At first I was going to do something fairly...

The Greatest Torment

We should desire nothing other than the joy of the truth that is Christ, avoid nothing other than his absence. The greatest torment of a rational creature consists in the deprivation or absence of Christ. Indeed, this must be considered the one cause of total and eternal sorrow. Take Christ from me, and I am left with no good thing, nor will anything terrify me so much as his absence. The...

Beauty is Everywhere

Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous outside, (in the 60’s near the end of November in Kansas!) so Megan and I headed out to the Overland Park Arboretum to enjoy what will probably be one of the last nice weekends (weather-wise) for the rest of the year. We took out the Canon T2i to snap some shots, and came up with some pretty nice pictures, if I do say so myself… 🙂

Unity

This edition of my series of church fathers’ paraphrases come from Pope St. Leo the Great. His date of birth is unknown, but he died A.D. 461. In the Catholic Church he is one of the Doctors of the Church, declared so by Benedict XIV in 1754. Leo rose to the papacy in 440, fresh off a diplomatic mission to Gaul as a deacon under his predecessor Sixtus III. It seems that Leo was still in the...

The Resurrection and the Life

Spirit groans, so that flesh would come to life. Life groans, so that death would be put to flight. God groans, so that humanity would rise.[1. Peter Crysologus, Sermon 65.1] “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”[2. 1 Corinthians 15:55 TNIV] In the famous courtroom scene from one of my favorite movies, A Man for All Seasons, St. Thomas More is being tried for his...

Upon the Waters

This edition of my Church Fathers paraphrases comes from Hippolytus. Little to nothing is known of his early life, although it seems that he was a disciple of the famous bishop of Lyons, Irenaeus. Hippolytus may have been his disciple in either Lyons or Rome, but he later became a presbyter in Rome. There are conflicting accounts concerning his episcopal office- Jerome and Eusebius say he was...

Sad Bird, Happy Bird

New video for rezlife this week- Sticks and Stones.
This 2 week series for 7th/8th graders is on the things we say, bullying- you know, all those fun middle school issues we all remember so fondly. As I was coming up with a concept for this, I wasn’t having much luck really thinking of anything that would speak to this subject.

Re-Orient

per viscera misericordiae Dei nostri in quibus visitavit nos oriens ex alto In these words, (or their Greek equivalent) generations of Christians in both East and West were able to immediately perceive a connection between the faith they professed in the Son of God incarnate and the very physical posture of their worship. As they faced towards the east, it was not merely an arbitrary geographical...

On the Incarnation of the Word

My brother Joel recently made a sortie into the world of auto-tune, and decided to use as his text a portion of St. Athanasius’ On the Incarnation of the Word. Check it out here. FITTING indeed, then, and wholly consonant was the death on the cross for us; and we can see how reasonable it was, and why it is that the salvation of the world could be accomplished in no other way. Even on the...

Beautiful Body

This is the first of what I hope to be a continuing series of paraphrases of the church fathers. Ever since college I have had a fascination with historical theology, and particularly the writings of the ante-Nicene and Nicene church fathers. The English translations that I have, however, were translated in the late 19th century, and thus employ many archaisms and language which, to modern...

Thy Will Be Done

Sometimes life is hard. Such an aphorism may fall off our lips with ease, especially when life is anything but hard, yet in the moments when it is are the moments where such a statement begins to show its weight in our lives. In these moments the reality of such a truism is not questioned, but perhaps more so the fairness of it. Why, after all, must life be hard? What possible value is there in...

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