Trinitarian Soundings

Humbling Ourselves

Few passages in the New Testament rival the great Christ hymn of Philippians, which offers a three-stage Christology: pre-existence, incarnation, and exaltation. [Theologians just love this kind of symmetry!] In just a… Read more »

Embracing Immigrant Churches

Over the past several years, Central has given priority to global Christianity. We believe that as the Gospel takes root in varied cultural soils, the larger of Body of Christ grows more… Read more »

Forgiving, not Judging

The lectionary readings for the coming Sunday offer various perspectives on the hardest spiritual practice: forgiving rather than judging. Genesis 50:15-21 narrates the final scene between Joseph and the brothers who had… Read more »

Reflecting on Racism

I have been hesitant to write about the events in Ferguson, MO, over the past couple of weeks because of fear of insensitive or simplistic response to this human tragedy. I have… Read more »

Forming create Cohorts

Each fall new cohorts of create students gather at Conception Abbey for orientation to the program, times of prayer, shared meals, learning activities, and reflection. Benedictine hospitality welcomes us, and we get… Read more »

Finding Mary

Baptists, and Protestants in general, have not known what to do with the Catholic preoccupation with Mary. We just do not get the nuances of the Immaculate Conception (different from the virginal… Read more »

Expanding the Mission

The encounter of Jesus with the Canaanite woman has sparked a flurry of interpretations. Jesus does not seem to be at his compassionate best, as he ignores her entreaty for her daughter’s… Read more »

Multiplying Resources

            All four Gospels record the miracle of the loaves and fishes, no doubt because it appeals to the ever present human question, “is there really enough to go around?”  This coming… Read more »

Sighing with the Spirit

            In the weeks following Pentecost, the epistle readings in Romans have focused on what it means to live in the Spirit.  For three Sundays in a row, passages from chapter 8… Read more »

Praying for Ceasefire

  Images of devastation in Israel and Gaza are daily on our screens.  We grieve over lives lost or wounded, and we urgently pray for the parties in conflict to find peaceful… Read more »

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