Glory in the Triune God

“To glorify is to manifest the hidden excellence and worth of an object. Jesus, the Son of Man was to be glorified when His human nature was admitted to the full participation of the power and glory in which God dwells. He entered into the…

Articulate and Tame

To articulate *what* a thing is can be an act of appreciation, as when, after having eaten an exquisite variant of macaroni and cheese, the dinner guests go into great detail about the recipe.  Such an exchange shares the experience, turning…
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How We Got To Heaven

I have been thinking about how we got to heaven. I do not mean by this actually “going to heaven” after dying. Rather, I refer to how we modern Christians have arrived at our conception of “heaven”—of the afterlife. Our ideas are strongly…

The Abolitionists Legacy, Part 2

Like all reform movements, the abolitionists legacy is not without fault. We look back upon the prior generations greatest achievements and we can critique them and perceive how those social or legal reforms could have been enacted more effectively…

The Abolitionists Legacy, Part 1

We modern Americans (and those with a general knowledge of American history) tend to assume that the abolitionists legacy is right not only in the sense of their cause being just but also in their arguments and methods. In other words, we tend…

Sacrosanct, Part 2

In past centuries the ancestors or those famous leaders (kings, priests, poets, military men) were revered. In contrast to antiquity and biblical times, we modern people tend to despise and discount the past generations contribution to ideas…

Sacrosanct, Part 1

One of the great ironies about the whole modern period in Western countries is that people cannot escape a sense of the sacred. One way this yearning comes out is by weighing culture as sacrosanct. We build a way of life which necessarily excludes…

The Heresy of Racism, Part 2

I am well aware that the phrase “the heresy of racism” may strike readers as odd or even incorrect. The phrase was chosen purposely because how we think of ourselves as human beings is inherently theological (or ideological if one does not…

The Heresy of Racism, Part 1

I have never understood racism. The very idea of pre-judging a person’s value or worth based solely on skin color has always struck me as ranking on the highest order of stupidity—the kind of stupidity that is chosen and reinforced rather…

What's the Trouble

When you reflect on your situation—home, relationships, work—the easiest things to report are the troublesome things, or the extraordinarily good things. Both strike your awareness with more immediacy than the majority of things that just…
Resonance Theological Journal Community Life Theology

The Embrace of Affection

I am re-reading for at least the 4th time The Four Loves, by C. S. Lewis.  Once again I met the chapter on Affection, bathing in the warm embrace of this love’s character, happily recalling times in my past where Affection held me close,…

Evangelical Knot

Deliver us, Lord God Almighty! Spur reform and bring renewal, The Power from the heavens, To turn people back to Father; For this we pray and work.   Praise you, Lord God Almighty! You grant showers of awakening, Divine…

Determinism and Free Will

How many times must you make a choice before you have chosen?  That question is the answer to the riddle of free will versus determinism.  To the theologically inclined, this problem arises in controversies of predestination, one of the most…

Rest and Virtue

The command to keep the Sabbath is not a reasonable one. This command made no sense to the ancient Romans and it makes little sense to us modern people—we who are enveloped in the pursuit of the next best piece of technology, addicted to the…
Truth-Telling and Sin

Redeeming Time

As He did in the beginning, God dividing day and night, So the Word (from the beginning) To the nighted world brought light. Dust became what God created; Mankind, now, would He put on. “Let it be as you have stated,” Mary birthed…

The Foundation for True Progress

One of the most important yet also most vacuous term used by modern Western people is “progress.” This term is bantered about in popular writing as well as by academics in the Universities and even by judges in the United States courts.…
Resonance Theology Journal Cross
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In Praise of the Blood

I have read many books by orthodox Christian authors over the past 20 or so years. I have appreciated them and gleaned from each important points of doctrine and praxis. There are a few books that have profoundly challenged my perspective on…
Red Cliffs Park by Bob Wick

The Beauty of Biblical Revelation

I have been studying the Bible since I was a Junior in high school. Prior to that I had almost no interest in reading or making a serious study of the Bible. I had been exposed to Scripture as I grew up, through participation in churches, but…