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The Shape of the Gospel, Part 1

One of truths which people in the modern era have tried their best to ignore (for they cannot eradicate it) is that the good news of Jesus Christ inherently possesses a certain “shape” that marks it off as unique. As an example, consider…
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,…
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The New in the Old

One of the distinctives of people and churches who are “evangelical” has always been submission to Scripture as God’s Word. Indeed, from the beginnings of Church history, regardless of differing conceptions about how to best interpret…

Reform and Re-form

The Spring issue, What is Evangelical? aroused in me so many useful thoughts about faith and practice, both personal and societal.  Every author brought something to bear on my perspective, some more surprising than others.  In sorting these…

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…
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Resting in God

Are the redeemed of the Lord to keep the Sabbath? I would argue that the answer is yes. However, Yet the questions of how to do this and more importantly why we are to do this is the more pressing. Why would I do anything that expresses faith…

Paradox Idiom

Having been in the Orthodox Church for 23 years, I recognize a great gift received in that time. Specifically, I’ve acquired an additional lens with which to behold the wonder of God’s movement in time. This way of seeing, this lens, is…

Sabbath and God's Life

The keeping of the Sabbath day was and is necessarily communal. To keep the Sabbath day holy required, in the most basic way, to open up oneself to be present with and to the living God and with other human beings. In other words, the original…
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…
Resonance Theological Journal Incarnation Jesus Athanasius

Sabbath Keeping as Sanctification, Part 2

Thus far I have been presenting (see https://theologicalresonance.com/sabbath-keeping-as-sanctification-part-1/) my reflections regarding the essential purpose of the biblical commands to keep Sabbath. And also why theologically it makes the…
Resonance Theological Journal Incarnation Jesus Athanasius

Sabbath Keeping as Sanctification, Part 1

The meaning of Sabbath has been on my mind much lately as I was able to take some down time due to the Christmas. The more I consider what it may mean to keep the Sabbath the more I have turned toward the human body and the doctrine of sanctification.…

The Heart of Sabbath

I have for many years been perplexed about the passages in Scripture regarding the Sabbath. Part of my response has been due directly to the fact that the church tradition I was raised in never taught about the Sabbath and so I was never given…

Faithful Servant of Christ the Lord

I have long enjoyed reading biographies because there is so much to learn from other people’s experiences. And I am particularly interested in discovering the particular facts and circumstances of the people who wrote the books which have…

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.…
Redeeming Our Millennial Obsession

Mediums of Revelation

Thanks and praise are due to you holy Father! The wonder and challenge of Scripture’s Testimony draws me in to desire to hear you, To listen, to study, to meditate upon you word, And to receive in the spirit in your Presence.   There…
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Heresy Hunting and the Gospel

There are regrettably many examples of what I call heresy hunting in the history of Christianity. These instances have usually followed closely upon periods when Christian leaders had recently attempted to clarify some aspect of doctrine or…