The sea of wrath and the island of mercy (sermon podcast)

The sea of wrath and the island of mercy (sermon podcast) June 3, 2014

For the past several years, I’ve been working with a metaphor that I originally got from Augustine who talked about humanity being trapped in a giant ocean of sin he called the massa damnata. In an allegorical interpretation of Genesis 1, Augustine said that the separation of land and sea symbolized the creation of the body of Christ, an island where humanity could be rescued from the sea of wrath it was trapped in. So I call these two states of humanity the “sea of wrath” and the “island of mercy.” Here’s a sermon I preached a couple weekends ago on Colossians 3:1-17 using this metaphor. Sign up for the podcast to get it delivered straight to your phone!

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  • Luke Breuer

    Cool! I’m reminded of Quine’s Neurathian bootstrap:

    We are like sailors who on the open sea must reconstruct their ship but are never able to start afresh from the bottom. Where a beam is taken away a new one must at once be put there, and for this the rest of the ship is used as support. In this way, by using the old beams and driftwood the ship can be shaped entirely anew, but only by gradual reconstruction.

    Now, that of course sounds a bit Tower of Babel-ish (we will make our way to God!), but the metaphor match was too good to not reference it.