Suffering, Vocations, St. George, Hope, and Endurance

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For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. (1 Peter 2:19-20) In 1 Peter we find an echo of the teachings of Jesus. If you do what other people expect of you when it comes to loving your neighbor, repaying what is owed, responding to opposition, handling violent … [Read more...]

This Lent, Consider God’s Creation

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by Alexei LaushkinThe disciplines of Lent are meant to shake us up from our regular routine and open up some space for God to work. Lent is a season of self-account and renewed depth.Lent reminds us that man does not live on bread alone, things alone, conveniences alone, wants alone, but on every word that comes from above. Lent is supposed to re-orient us towards God’s life giving ability, and away from the things that normally sustain us or give us comfort.When we rediscover the j … [Read more...]

Genesis 9: The Forgotten Covenant

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by Howard SnyderIgnoring Genesis 9 in covenant theology is like ignoring John 1 in Jesus theology. Skipping God’s earth covenant in soteriology is like skipping the incarnation in Christology.Yet as I noted in my January 3 blog, “14 Favorites Ways to Twist the Gospel,” covenant theology usually bypasses the Genesis 9 earth covenant and begins with Abraham. Strange, since the first explicit biblical covenant is in Genesis 9, where God establishes his “covenant between me and the earth” (Ge … [Read more...]

Fire On the Mountain

by Dr. Andy BannisterThe path through the trees was narrow and overgrown, meandering its way through birch, oak and elm, climbing gently as it wound its way up from the valley. A few minutes walking brought me to the ancient moss-laden wall that surrounded the forest, from which a wooden gate led out on the hillside.From there the track quickly steepened as it wound sinuously up toward the mountaintop. I paused every so often to catch my breath, turning to watch the cloud shadows chase on … [Read more...]

How the Trinity Changed my Mind on Creation Care

by R. Scott Rodin, MTh, PhDTen years ago I faced a crisis of faith.  I’d been raised to believe that there was a pecking order to God’s love: our eternal souls first, our physical bodies a distant second, and creation a very distant third.  Life and faith were evaluated through this criteria screen, and creation almost always paid the price.What caused me to question this flawed filter was my Trinitarian theology.  In considering God’s triune nature I reached a point where I could no long … [Read more...]

It’s Spring, Time to Venture into the Great Outdoors

by Alexei LaushkinI was walking along the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail in Northern Virginia a few years back and all around me I was surrounded by miles and miles of bluebells and two themes stuck with me. In the height of spring there is a real and genuine renewal of creation.Yes, it is still under the curse but there is a beauty and consistency that comes with spring. It is a poor foreshadow of new life, but it is glorious and delightful all the same. It makes you realize how we have … [Read more...]


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