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Why an Incarnation?
Curated by Tony Jones

In the second conversation of our #progGOD series, we invited bloggers to consider: What does the Incarnation tells us about God, human beings, creation, the Cosmos, the End Times, Heaven, Hell, salvation, or anything else…from a Progressive Christian perspective? Read their reflections and then add your own in the Comments Box below. (And stay tuned for future #progGOD conversations!)


Responses

Why An Incarnation?

Why An Incarnation?

Tony Jones

I’m most interested in what the Incarnation tells us about God, human beings, creation, the Cosmos, the End Times, Heaven, Hell, salvation, or anything else…

Jesus Wept

Jesus Wept

Slactivist

When Job learned that his children had died, he wept. But God did not weep. Jesus wept.

Whether Before Why

Whether Before Why

James McGrath

As someone who is not only a progressive Christian, but also a New Testament scholar, the conversation for me must always begin with whether an incarnation before moving on to why.

The Divine in Us

The Divine in Us

Caryn Riswold

The incarnation tells us that a woman's body is capable of holding, being, and bearing divinity.

Breaking Through

Breaking Through

Amy Hanson

Honestly, I think it is because we would not listen any other way.

Incarnation Happens

Incarnation Happens

Rob Davis

What if the only relative understanding of divinity that we can have is “enfleshed”?

When Hope Dwelled Among Us

When Hope Dwelled Among Us

Denika Anderson

I find five main reasons for Jesus’ coming (versus a divine act from on high without physical presence)...

Born To Live: Why The Cross Doesn't Belong at Christmas

Born To Live: Why The Cross Doesn't Belong at Christmas

David Henson

The point isn't that Jesus died for us. It's that he lived for us.


Incarnation Redeems the Mundane

Incarnation Redeems the Mundane

Chris Baca

God participates with humanity – experiencing pain, suffering, anxiety, and the feeling of meaninglessness.

Give Me Incarnation Before Resurrection

Give Me Incarnation Before Resurrection

Jenny Warner

The end of my life may be a long way off, but today my life feels like a Bethlehem barn.

Cur Deus Homo?

Cur Deus Homo?

Scott Paeth

The incarnation is an expression of the divine solidarity with the human condition in all of its dimensions.

Incarnation: A Poem

Incarnation: A Poem

Suzannah Paul

Within world of sight/salvation springs up, enfleshed: rough hands hewn,/broke bread and washed feet.

How the Incarnation Speak to Us

How the Incarnation Speak to Us

Michael Bobo

If Jesus is a God/man fusion, then his character and relationships illustrate how beautiful, inclusive, liberating, and empowering God’s salvation of humanity might be.

The Body of Christ Suffering Today

The Body of Christ Suffering Today

Daniel Eisen

Jesus is black, Jesus is Salvadoran, Jesus is Israeli, Jesus is Palestinian, Jesus is the bullied gay teen, Jesus is the Syrian refugee, Jesus is the suffering and oppressed of our world.

Would There Still Be An Incarnation If There Had Been No Fall?

Would There Still Be An Incarnation If There Had Been No Fall?

Jason Micheli

The reason for Jesus is that before the stars were hung in place, before Adam sinned or Israel’s love failed God’s deepest desire is, was and always will be friendship. With us.

He Came to Dwell

He Came to Dwell

Naomi

Not just to pop in for a quick, “Hello, I’m God, nice to meet you. You can see I’m real, so go tell everybody. K, bye.”

The Incarnation and Marshal Mcluhan

The Incarnation and Marshal Mcluhan

Jason Valendy

When it comes to understanding the importance of the Incarnation, Marshal Mcluhan is right: The medium is the message.

Sarx >Silver or Gold

Sarx >Silver or Gold

Michael J. Teston

The message of the incarnation is that being in the “flesh” is something good and holy. I need to be reminded of that.

Adventurous Theology

Adventurous Theology

MJ Kimpan

Could it be that an embodiment of the incarnation in our acceptance of the Other is exactly what God meant to teach us in his act of the word becoming flesh?

What Does it Mean to Celebrate Immanuel?

What Does it Mean to Celebrate Immanuel?

Paul Anthony

The concept of Immanuel is, I would argue, far more powerful than the concept of omnipotence.

What God Was Really Trying to Say

What God Was Really Trying to Say

J.D. Whitlock

The Incarnation showed us that God is self-sacrificing love and not an adolescent that throws tantrums.

Waiting on Emmanuel

Waiting on Emmanuel

Ben Howard

What if God became man to show us the man could become God by embracing what humanity was created to be?

A Christmas Confession

A Christmas Confession

Paul Allen

What if it wasn’t morality that Jesus came to model for us, but a life fully lived?

A Fanfare for Humanity

A Fanfare for Humanity

Jeff Carter

He came to say, ‘Pay attention to these noble beings – humanity. Look at these wonders. Celebrate their worth.’

Optional Advent

Optional Advent

Sean Graham

As I become more aware and more conscious of "God with me" - Emmanuel - what I am discovering with new eyes, and re-newing eyes, is that God is with everybody else, too.

Licking the Wisemen

Licking the Wisemen

Aaron Holbrough

I caught my dog licking a wise man in our Nativity creche the other day, and when I bent down to resuscitate him it got me thinking of all I am missing.

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