SoT #43 – Knowing God

There is another description of salvation which in some sense rises to the top, or encompasses the pictures or metaphors, like conversion, reconciliation, new birth, etc.  Each of those emphasizes an important aspect of salvation. This larger description comes from … Continue reading

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SoT #42 – Reconciliation 2

A culture is shaped, to some extent, by the vocabulary it uses, or develops.  Some words seldom show up even though they exist.  In Canadian Law, especially in the practise of criminal law, the word forgiveness, is noticeable by its … Continue reading

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SoT #41 – Reconciliation 1

There is a picture, seen long ago, that lingers in my memory.  It is of Adam and Eve, with shoulders bent forward, faces toward the ground, leaving the Garden of Eden.  You may have seen it also.  It may be … Continue reading

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SoT #40 – Salvation

At the confluence of the God flow and the human response there can come the realization of YES.  It began with the God flow gradually coming into focus.  There is goodness streaming out of God.  It is the dawning, the … Continue reading

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SoT #39 – God-ward Flow

There is a back and forth movement in the flow between God on the first level, and humankind on the second; a kind of stimulus and response interaction, or flow.  God is the main Initiator, but God also responds to … Continue reading

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SoT #38 – The Flow

The Divine Order, or God’s Order (interchangeable), that forms the basis of the theological approach in these “devotionals”, should not be seen as static, or stuck in a rigid structure.  Our God is alive and life-giving.  This implies movement or … Continue reading

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SoT #37 – Servants

“The greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves.” [Luke 22:26] This word of Jesus addresses one of the most common kinds of unevenness in human relationships: the desire to be at the … Continue reading

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SoT #36 – Unevenness

“Unevenness” is experienced in a variety of ways. The most grievous, or most keenly felt area is probably in the standard or style of living, epitomized in the tar paper shack down the hill from the mansion. The perspective from … Continue reading

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SoT #35 – Differentness

Differentness challenges us. It is, at the same time, both exciting and frightening; enriching and threatening. As we meet more and more others we become aware of differentness. The first and most universal differentness we encounter, as we grow up, … Continue reading

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SoT #34 – The Other

You are there across from me. You are the other with whom I have to reckon. You exist beside me; my equal. The other breathes the same air I breathe, walks the same sidewalks and halls, and we share the … Continue reading

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