Trinitarian Soundings

Celebrating Central’s 116th Commencement

  It is hard to pack more into the second week of May than Central does.  Board members begin arriving on Wednesday, and the pace accelerates until Saturday afternoon.  It is a… Read more »

Pruned, It Grows Again

Over the years I have kept a small watchword on my desk: Succisa Virescit, which means “pruned, it grows again.”  I meditated on this phrase as our school underwent significant workforce reduction… Read more »

Laying Down Your Life for Others

  John 15 offers these words: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (v. 13).  It was not only his life he was speaking… Read more »

Looking Backward, Looking Forward with CBF

Hebrews 11:1 says, “And what is faith?  Faith gives substance to our hopes, and makes us certain of realities we do not see . . .” Following this stirring text is a… Read more »

Not Quite Ruined by the Fall

  One of the persisting questions in theological interpretation is what actually happened to our forebears as sin entered the world.  A long tradition speaks of “total depravity,” which means we are… Read more »

Atonement and the Extent of Grace

One of the lectionary texts for the Second Sunday of Easter is 1 John 1:1-2:2. It is a remarkable passage that stresses the experiences of the earliest witnesses to the resurrected Christ…. Read more »

Resurrection Changes Everything

  On Easter Monday the words from the Roman Catholic Eucharistic prayers for Easter come to mind: “The joy of the Resurrection renews the whole world.” Overcoming death through rising, Christ resets the… Read more »

The Final Week

I love to teach Christology and Soteriology during the season of Lent, and the academic calendar usually complies.  There is no better time to consider the meaning Jesus’ life and death, Christ… Read more »

A Welcoming Speech

  One of the special things about our time in Myanmar for Doctor of Ministry seminars is the ritual of an opening ceremony.  The presidents of MIT and Central speak, there are… Read more »

Commencement at Myanmar Institute of Theology

  Still a little jet-lagged, my colleagues John Sungchang Park and Sheryl Stewart and I participated in helping the class of 2018 at Myanmar Institute of Theology graduate on Saturday morning.  It… Read more »

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