At the start of the year I told @natesmoyer that I am trying to read three historical works of theology a year and I wanted to tackle #theinstitutes. He got me this as a wonderful gift. I was a few chapters in before lent but then got busy with chance the rapper project / having a 4th child. I just picked it back up and I was beyond lost so I need to start over... some people run marathons... I read systematics .... let's go!!! #wesleyanreadingcalvin
“The movement that Jesus begins is constituted by people who believe that they have all the time in the world, made possible by God’s patience, to challenge the world’s impatient violence by cross and resurrection.” – Stanley Hauerwas
Days like today start erasing the previous 4 months of dark cloud cover from my memory.
A collect from the book of common prayer: "O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen."
“When God becomes man in Jesus of Nazareth, he not only enters into the finitude of man, but in his death on the cross also enters into the situation of man's godforsakenness. In Jesus he does not die the natural death of a finite being, but the violent death of the criminal on the cross, the death of complete abandonment by God. The suffering in the passion of Jesus is abandonment, rejection by God, his Father. God does not become a religion, so that man participates in him by corresponding religious thoughts and feelings. God does not become a law, so that man participates in him through obedience to a law. God does not become an ideal, so that man achieves community with him through constant striving. He humbles himself and takes upon himself the eternal death of the godless and the godforsaken, so that all the godless and the godforsaken can experience communion with him.” - Jürgen Moltmann