Monthly Archives: September 2013

Apollinarius and the Truncated Humanity of Christ

Virtually all I know about Apollinarius of Laodicea is that his heresy elicited a memorable response from St Gregory the Theologian: “What has not been assumed has not been healed.” (If I knew anything more—like back in seminary days—it was … Continue reading

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Kenneth Hines on the Persecution of Christians

Rasha called her fiance Atef on his cell phone. A rebel answered and told her that they captured Atef and had given him the option of converting to Islam. He refused. So they slit his throat. Atef was engaged to … Continue reading

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“How deep and burning is love!”

How deep and burning is love! The awe-inspiring Father to whom are due all glory and honor and everlasting praise, can be received in our hearts in the Beloved. This is the mystery of the Beloved and his awesome sublimity. … Continue reading

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Worrying About the Pope, or It’s Time to Evangelizationize the World

I have to confess that I have wickedly enjoyed all the internet hand wringing by conservative and traditional Catholics in response to Pope Francis’s interview in America magazine. They are worried that in Francis the Catholic Church now has the … Continue reading

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Preaching Gospel as Gospel: When Law Becomes Torah

There is an old story about a Lutheran pastor who, after a long ministry of rightly distinguishing law and gospel, announced on his death bed: “I shall most certainly go to heaven, as I cannot remember ever having done a … Continue reading

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Preaching Gospel as Gospel: How Unconditional is Unconditional?

The gospel is the story of Jesus Christ proclaimed in the performative mode of unconditional promise. What this means practically for the preacher is this: each week, through prayer, study, and meditation on the appointed biblical text, he must find … Continue reading

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Paul Evdokimov: The Most Interesting Theologian in the World

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