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Barth’s Advent Message

December 11, 2019

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The message of Advent about the coming of the light requires that we become people of Advent

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Viewing Good Friday Through Luther, Augustine, and Barth

April 19, 2014

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Perhaps not surprisingly, I find thinkers from previous ages more gripping than the moderns. Three especially shine: Augustine, Martin Luther, and Karl Barth. Each made colossal mistakes – with Luther’s chilling essay against the Jews the most inexcusable – but each understood that theology was a discipline offered to the Church at large, not merely to academia. What’s more, each wrestles with God. They’ve glimpsed transcendence. They’re doing theology on their knees. They’re imperfect because they see things through a glass dimly, but at least they’ve tried. I tried finding what each said about Good Friday. It’s allowed me to gaze at the day through their insights.

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What happens when theologians forget about the “theos” part?

August 8, 2013

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Frederica Mathewes-Green has finally settled the age-old question: “Why do I usually fall asleep when I open a theological text written in the twentieth or the twenty-first century?”   The theological greats – such as Augustine or Luther or Calvin or Wesley – were obviously struggling to know God.  They were worshipping as they wrote.  […]

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